A hiring manager’s job is to find the right person for the opening. Thanks to a challenging economy – and high unemployment rate – that job has become harder than ever.
Not only do they have to dig through piles of resumes from unqualified applicants, but they also have to uncover the “true” candidate during the interviewing process. And with less time to spend on each candidate, even the smallest error or issue can knock an individual out of the running for a job opportunity.
So, as one of Charlottesville’s leading employment agencies, Adams & Garth can tell you that if you’re applying for job after job and hearing nothing, or going to interviews without getting a call back, it may be because you’re making some of these minor – yet impactful – mistakes and leaving a bad impression on the hiring manager in the process.
To help you avoid them in the future, here’s a look at 5 of them:
- You give off bad body language. If you’re slouching in your seat, fidgety, crossing your arms, or interrupting the interviewer, then you’re giving off an unprofessional air.
- You look sloppy. If you’re clothing is outdated, wrinkled, ill-fitting, or just plain inappropriate, then it’s going to make the wrong impression on the hiring manager.
- You don’t seem confident. Even if you have extensive experience and a strong skill set, a weak handshake or a lack of eye contact is going to send a different message to the hiring manager.
- You use poor grammar or inappropriate language. How you speak is going to make a difference on whether or not a hiring manager chooses you – regardless of your background. So avoid bad grammar, swearing, and using lots of “um’s” and “ah’s.”
- You’re hard to understand. Whether it’s because you talk too quickly, too slowly, or don’t articulate your thoughts well, a hiring manager will simply begin to tune you out if they can’t understand you.
Some of the mistakes above are easier to fix than others – for instance, the way you dress vs. the way you speak. However, if you want to land a great job, investing some time to improve all these areas will go a long way in helping you achieve your career goals.
Need More Help Finding a Great Job?
Let Adams & Garth know. As one of Charlottesville’s leading employment agencies, we know what hiring managers look for in today’s candidates. And we can help you prepare for job interviews, as well as match you with job opportunities that are a great fit. Contact us today if you’re ready to get started.
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