While October is classically the spookiest month of the year, the last thing job seekers want to do is scare off potential employers. Certain actions or details are often viewed as red flags by hiring managers. As a result, even one misstep could cost you an opportunity. Fortunately, most of these possible problems are entirely avoidable.
Here is a look at a few points that can scare off employers and what to do instead.
Not Following the Application Directions
Most job postings have clear instructions regarding what candidates need to provide and how they should submit application materials. While you might think you can stand out by circumventing or ignoring those requirements, doing so can backfire. The hiring manager may assume that you lack attention to detail or struggle to follow directions, neither of which works in your favor.
Before you submit your application, read any instructions in the job description carefully. Provide the exact requested materials and information, and send them using the outlined approach. That shows you can follow directions with ease, which makes a better impression.
Speaking Negatively of Others
During an interview, candidates usually face off against a few questions that seem like invitations to speak poorly of a previous employer, former colleagues, prior managers, or other professionals. However, doing so is never a wise move.
Generally, if a hiring manager hears you badmouthing another employer, manager, or professional, they’ll envision you speaking similarly about their workplace if you’re hired. Additionally, they may assume that you lack professionalism.
As a result, it’s best to avoid speaking negatively of others, regardless of whether what you would say is factually accurate. Instead, skew towards the positive. For example, if you’re asked why you left a position, try to remain future-focused. Talking about what you want to find next instead of what you’re moving away from usually makes a better impression, and it also allows you to showcase your enthusiasm for what lies ahead.
Getting Too Personal
When you’re in an interview, you do want to let your personality shine through. In some cases, it’s even okay to discuss a couple of personal details, such as mentioning your favorite hobby (after discussing your career) when the hiring manager asks you the classic question, “Can you tell me a little about yourself?”
However, divulging too much personal information is typically a red flag. Whether it’s digging into family drama, offering details about a recent medical issue, or anything in that vein, it comes across as unprofessional. It also suggests that you may struggle with boundaries.
Instead, keep any personal details to a minimum. Spend your time focused on what you have to offer as a professional. That ensures the hiring manager can picture how you’d fit into the team and workplace, increasing the odds that you’ll move forward in the hiring process.
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Ultimately, all of the tips above can help you ensure that you don’t scare off potential employers. If you’re seeking out new positions to boost your career, contact us to see how A.R. Mazzotta can assist with your search, or visit our website to review our open jobs today