6 Things That Drive Hiring Managers Crazy

6 Things That Drive Hiring Managers Crazy

6 Things That Drive Hiring Managers Crazy

By Catherine Conlan
Monster Contributing Writer
The simplest mistakes can torpedo your chances for a job. Avoid these six common missteps that drive recruiters and hiring managers crazy.

You don’t listen.
During an interview, it can be tempting to try to get out as much information about yourself as possible. But listening is just as important, says Miriam Berger, president of A Hire Authority, a contract recruiting service. “My biggest pet peeve is when candidates just don't stop talking and listen,” she says. “I have held so many debriefs with the hiring teams where the consensus is to disqualify the candidate because the person just didn't stop talking.” While this may be due to nerves, Berger says managers worry that a chatty candidate may turn out to be a distraction or impossible to manage.

You bring an audience.
Hiring managers and recruiters say they’re seeing an odd trend: younger job candidates getting their parents involved in the hiring process. “In my years of human resource roles I've personally experienced a lot of absurd and ridiculous behavior from job seekers,” says Christine DiDonato, founder of Career Revolution. “However, the one that really blows my mind is one committed by some of our recent college graduates: Bringing their parents to the interview or having a parent call the hiring manager or recruiter and attempt to negotiate their employment offer.” This doesn’t help you build a personal brand, and it certainly doesn’t make you look independent and capable, DiDonato says.

You nag.

It’s important to follow up after an interview, but Tracey Russell, a recruiter at Naviga Business Services, says overdoing it is a mistake. “Multiple emails and phone calls a day is the quickest way to make sure your resume will be thrown in the trash,” she says. “Even the most promising resumes won’t be considered when the candidate behaves like that.”

You overdo it.

If you want to work at a specific company, you can broadcast your interest by applying to a job there -- not all of the open positions. “One of the most annoying things a job candidate can do is apply to every available position at a company,” says Haley Cousins, a recruiter at Naviga. “Not only is it a waste of time for the
 hiring manager, but it’s also a waste of the candidates’ times. Applying for
 every position lets the hiring manager know that you are not serious about
 the openings, and are just trying to find any job.” Limit your applications to positions you have the skills and experience for.

You’re not fully dressed.

When you are participating in a video interview, don't pick up until you are fully dressed, Berger says. “One hiring manager called the candidate at the assigned time and the candidate was actually late getting dressed and answered while he was putting on his shirt,” she says. “Not a good idea.”

You lack basic interview skills.

Brush up on your interview skills before the big day so you don’t blow it. “There are many other things that candidates do to drive hiring managers
 crazy, which include overselling themselves in the interview, not being 
prepared with examples that back up the answers to the interviewers
’ questions and candidates who check their emails and messages during the 
interview,” Berger says. “That’s more common than you'd imagine!”