6 Things That Drive Hiring Managers Crazy
You don’t listen.
You bring an audience.
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!”