As we all know finding employment is a process and throughout that journey, you will more than likely communicate with a Recruiter or a hiring manager who is responsible for recruitment duties. Today we are breaking down some good things to know as you interact with the gatekeeper between you and the opportunity you’ve applied for.
#1 - Common Courtesy Go A Long Way
Saying please and thank you seems like a no brainer but you’d be surprised of how many applicants completely miss the mark! Don’t be that person, be courteous to everyone you interact with along the way from the person that scheduled your interview, to the person that you greet when you check-in at your interview time, and all the people in between.
#2 - Know The Location Of Your Interview
Another seemingly no brainer but it’s been pretty common to blindly trust your GPS to get you to your location on time. And before you know it construction has doomed you! Don’t be that person, try to scope out the location before your interview, or be smart and give yourself ample time to possibly get lost so that you still show up on time to your interview.
#3 - Arrive On Time
We cannot stress this enough, BE ON TIME! Not only does it back up your claims of being “dependable” and shows respect for your interviewers. No one is sympathetic to you getting lost, or getting into traffic…prepare for those things, be proactive! Arriving anywhere between 10 mins - 15 mins before your interview time is professionally acceptable. Any more time than that shows a lack of respect for your interview time. Many people have several things going on while they are working in interviews within their schedule so to have someone show up 30 mins to an hour before their scheduled interview time is simply a distraction, it also gives off an impression of over-eagerness, if you arrive that early take a chill pill and sit kill time somewhere else before checking into your interview location.
If you need to reschedule your interview it’s best to do so at least 48 hours before your scheduled time, people understand things happen the best thing you can do is communicate rather than being a no show and expecting a potential employer to understand. Be respectful of everyone’s time! This also includes if you’ve recently accepted an offer to another employer, our recommendation is to keep your scheduled interview, since you never know how things will work out there is no harm in keeping that interview you previously agreed to so that you can keep that bridge intact. Then of course after the interview during follow up with that recruiter you can explain if you no longer wish to be considered moving forward. The best part you’ve created a connection, and someone has physically met you, that can be huge later in your career. Even if you don’t go back to that employer to apply again, you never know who knows who so always be respectful of time.
#4 - Promote An Attitude Of Gratitude
Say the dreaded thing happens and you don’t land the position. How you react to unfavorable news is always a test to your character. Some unprofessional responses we’ve encountered are: “I don’t agree with the managers' decision but good luck on finding someone”, “I know I am the most qualified why didn’t you choose me”, “Please keep me in mind for other opportunities”.
To break that down a little bit…., first, no one cares if you don’t agree with the hiring managers decision, at the end of the day that was the decision made, respect it and move on with your life. No sense leaving a bad taste in someone’s mouth about how you respond as it will likely burn that bridge and they will have no interest in considering you for anything else you apply for. If you don’t have the emotional intelligence to be gracious for the opportunity to even be considered, how can a potential employer expect you to handle unfavorable news as an employee?
The second comment, you simply do not know that you were the most qualified, there’s no way you will know the background of everyone else you were up against, it’s better to keep your ego trips out of the process and be humble enough to know there are other qualified applicants you were contending with, and ultimately this just wasn’t the opportunity for you at this time. Even if you were the most qualified there may be other factors at play such as; the salary you requested, how well you interviewed, if your personality was a fit within the department and company culture. Outside of skills, these are things that managers think about as well, they want to add and grow their teams and with that comes thinking about the characteristics of the existing team and the attitudes/values that are a match. This is a keyword called “fit” and meeting the minimum qualifications of a job posting is not the sole factor in deciding “fit”.
The last, telling someone to “keep you in mind for other opportunities”, it’s one of those things that people think they are being polite and proactive but you come across looking lazy. A good recruiter and system will store your information in the system to be considered for other opportunities that you may be a match for. However, that should never be a license to just sit back and wait for a job to fall out of the sky. A better response would be, “I appreciate the opportunity to be considered, I will continue to review and apply for other opportunities of interest”. This shows that YOU are taking control of your interests and not relying on someone to let you know (as if that person was your private recruiter) to contact you when a new opportunity is available.
While we could create a long list of Recruiter pet peeves these are some things that are big issues that consistently come up, and we want you to be prepared and not fall victim to these easily avoidable situations.