If you don’t already know, recruiters are usually on the phone most of the day, or they are talking to someone about a job at all hours of the day.
So you can imagine, we’ve had a lot of interesting conversations. So I thought, “well I should share some of my top pet peeves to give some warning to those who might not have any insight.”
Although. That is kind of the whole point of this blog. Hey, I’m just trying to help y’all out.
OKAY. Here we go.
- When a recruiter asks, “What kind of work you are looking for?” and you decide to reply with “Anything.”
No. Stop right there. I’ve already said to myself at that point, no for the love of God you are not one of those people are you?
My job is to help you find employment with something that you enjoy doing. I genuinely do care about what your interests are, and I can guarantee I will be a lot more intrigued with our conversation if you go into some detail about the kind of work you like to do.
And yes, replying with “Anything, but *insert least favorite job here*” is still just as irritating.
2. Having an “I’m too kool for skool” attitude during an interview.
And yes, I meant to spell it wrong.
Friendly reminder from your local recruiter… YOU’RE INTERVIEWING. This is your time to impress us, not make us want to throw you out the door.
Coming in with an attitude will get you nowhere. I pinky promise you that.
3. Falsifying your application.
We are like your spouse or you mother… we will find out if you’re lying to us, and then you will look like a fool. Recruiters want honesty, and we’ll have a lot more respect if you give us honesty instead of beating around the bush.
4. Treating the receptionist poorly, but being nice to the interviewer.
Just so you know, your attitude upfront has probably been broadcast to the interviewer and they see through you.
The receptionist wants to help you just as much as the interviewer. (S)he is not the devil, I swear.
Now with that being said, the front office person is also the gatekeeper. You’re not getting through to the interviewer with out their permission. So turn that frown upside down.
5. Touching your cell phone.
Leave. It. In. The. Car.
I’m a millennial so I get it, there is so much that can happen on social media, there are phone calls that come through, or you’re texting that one really hot person and you can’t miss a text.
But you can.
I promise you will get through two hours without your phone during an interview. It is very disrespectful to be playing on your phone or even touching it while interviewing with someone.
Whoever is interviewing you is giving you their undivided attention, so please give them yours. Again, you’re trying to impress them.
6. Slouching in your seat.
I know sometimes you can do this without even knowing it. But if you have great posture and are sitting up straight that shows us that you are excited to be there and it gives you an altogether professional look.
If you decide to slouch, we’re going to assume that you don’t care what you look like and how you’re presented.
Well sir with that posture, you won’t be collecting much.
7. Not detailing out your work history.
Believe it or not, when we ask questions about every single past job you’ve had, it’s to your benefit. We want to build you the perfect profile and really get a feel for what you have experience in.
If you do not give us detail that just means we have to pry and pry when the process can be so much simpler.
Plus, it’ll save you a lot of time sitting in that chair. The more detail you provide, the faster the process will go.
8. Asking questions about money, benefits, holidays, PTO, etc., before an offer has been made.
Be patient. Do not ask these questions until you know you have the job, or a conditional job offer has been made. We are experts in the hiring field, so we know that those are all things you find important and that you want to know about.
We won’t forget to tell you. Just be careful about getting anxious and asking those questions before.
9. Not providing BUSINESS references
I emphasize business references because all too often we get personal references. We know that your mother or your best friend is going to say amazing things about you. And if that’s the kind of person you are, then great!
We want to know are you a team player, AT WORK? Did you come in on time, TO WORK? Did you have a good attitude, AT WORK?
Your best friend, family member, or bae… cannot answer those questions for us. So make sure you don’t burn any bridges and provide past employment references.
10. Knowing you will fail the drug screen when coming in for one.
We don’t want to waste your time, so we really appreciate if if you don’t waste ours.
Not to mention we really don’t find enjoyment in putting you through that embarrassment. I’m not going to lie to you either, I do not enjoying checking pee for drugs. So if you can save me from having to do that. I’d appreciate it.
Now if you’re reading this post, please don’t assume I’m saying you do any of these things, however, if you do… take my advice!
We want you to help you be successful! And hopefully you got a good laugh at some of these.
Happy Holidays from your Rowdy Recruiter!