Bad habits for your candidates to avoid

Here is some really great work by the guys over at Recruitment Grapevine. Here they discuss the habits which can lose job seekers work and get them into trouble. The work that these guys produce is always of high quality, and we think it is well worth a read. The posts starts with the following:

Chewing gum, turning up late, and even swearing – things recruiters know all too well will most likely land a candidate’s CV in the bin, not on the client’s table.

Whilst recruiters are great at reminding candidates what they should do before, during and after that all-important interview, they still seem to be making these rookie mistakes, costing them the job.

Business Insider spoke to experts about the 21 least professional behaviours jobseekers have displayed in the past, and why they are detrimental.

The list can be seen below:

1. They haven’t done their homework

“Employers take note of candidates that are educated on the responsibilities of the job opening in question and on the company itself,” Rosemary Haefner, Chief Human Resources Officer for CareerBuilder, said. “This demonstrates that you made the decision to apply for the job after considering the facts, rather than out of desperation.”

2. They skip breakfast

It’s often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Lisa De Fazio, health expert, told the publication that if breakfast is skipped, “blood-sugar levels are low, it’s much harder to focus and you’re more likely to feel tired, irritable, and impatient,” all of which contribute to poor performance.

3. They smell of smoke

Vicky Oliver, author of ‘301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions,’ advises candidates to never smoke anything before a job interview.

“Your interviewer will smell it on you,” she says. “If she’s a smoker, she may not mind, but most interviewers gave up the nicotine habit.” She adds that drinking alcohol is never a good idea. Whilst it can help calm nerves, it dulls the senses, explains Oliver, which runs the risk of not sounding intelligent.

Read the full article here.



Darren Revell