Finding a new job can be nerve-wracking. From writing your resume to the job interview, there’s a lot you can do wrong.
To prevent bad habits from ruining your chances of landing a new job, we asked experts about what not to do. What can destroy the prospect of another job?
We came up with this list:
Your resume is the first contact with another company, says etiquette expert Rosalinda Oropeza Randall. Typos, grammatical errors or a break in style will put you on the ‘no’ pile within seconds.
“If your resume is sloppy, the company thinks you are too,” says Oropeza Randall.
Don’t do your homework
“Employers immediately notice when candidates know little about the position or the company,” said Rosemary Haefner, CHO at CareerBuilder. “Read up. This shows that you made a conscious decision to apply for the job, not out of necessity.”
Trying too hard to get attention
Do you want your resume to stand out? “Then let it be because of the content,” Randall says. “Colored paper, multiple fonts or even confetti draw attention. But the wrong kind of attention.”
Skipping your breakfast
Lisa De Fazio, a health expert, previously told Business Insider that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
By the time you wake up, you won’t have eaten for ten or twelve hours, De Fazio says. When your blood sugar is low, it is much harder to focus and you feel fatigued, irritable and impatient. All of this prevents you from doing your best during a job interview.
Smoking and drinking
Never smoke before a job interview, says Vicky Oliver, author of 301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions.
“Your interlocutor smells it. If the interviewer smokes himself, it might not be a problem. But for others it will be a problem,” she explains.
It is also better not to drink before a conversation. Alcohol may make you feel less nervous, but it also affects your consciousness. According to Oliver, you run the risk of appearing less intelligent.
Whether the water heater is broken or not, there is one moment when you really want to take a shower: before a job interview.
“Do you want people to focus on the stale air around you or your brilliant words?” asks Randall. “Not doing your best on your appearance shows that you may also be taking good care of your work.”
To be late
Regularly being late is a bad habit.This is not the first impression you want to make.
Make sure to be there fifteen minutes in advance. Are you way too early? Career expert Amanda Augustine suggests that it is best to go get a coffee or walk around the neighborhood.
Why? Coming too early isn’t good either. It can be frustrating for the supervisor to have to change his schedule because you are too early.
Whatsapp because you are bored
It’s fine to come a little early, but make sure you don’t get bored.
According to Oliver, it can seem like you’d rather be somewhere else when you’re texting. Most waiting areas have magazines, Randell says. Do you see a brochure of the company? Even better! It shows that you are interested in the company.
Dress up yourself and square public
It’s fine to bring some stuff for a touch-up. Instead of putting on lipstick or combing your hair at the reception, arrive a little earlier and go to the toilet.
Bringing too much stuff
Your portfolio and resume are all you need to bring to the interview. Everything else is superfluous. According to Randall, it’s best to leave coffee and water in the car and put your phone in your bag. This way you have one hand free to introduce yourself.
Dressing yourself too casual
As the saying goes, dress for the job you want, not the one you have.
“Slouchy clothes say, I don’t care. You don’t impress the people around you with that,” says Randall. Dressing too formally is also not good according to the expert. It shows that you have not immersed yourself in the culture of the company.
Talking without thinking
This is a bad habit and can be detrimental to your job search.
Saying the wrong things to a receptionist, for example, can reduce your chances of getting a job. Receptionists are often the eyes and ears of a company. What you say to this person will probably reach your interlocutor.
Asking whether the receptionist has informed you that you are present is just irritating.Even if your previous boss is known for his problems, the job interview is not the time to talk about this.”
Arrogance is often confused with self-confidence. Try to start the conversation with a mix of confidence and humility — and be enthusiastic, Randall says.
Asking questions is an important part of the application process. It shows that you are committed. This way you can find out if the company is right for you.
A question like “What does the average day look like?” or “How do you measure success?” shows that you are interested. Randall also argues that it’s best to stay away from questions about whether or not you’ll get a window desk.
Sharing too much
“Of course the idea of the interview is that you impress people with your skills and talent,” Randall says. “Just be careful not to share too much.”
Stick to these simple rules: keep it relevant. Don’t consider your childhood. Do not insist on any special request or complacency. And never use the word “deal breaker.”
Instead, listen and allow the interviewer to ask questions.
To be shy
It makes sense to be nervous during a job interview. But the last thing you want is to answer with nothing more than “yes” or “no,” or respond too quickly to a question.
Applying for a job can be a daunting task if you’re shy. Unfortunately for you, shyness is often confused with insecurity and incompetence.
Amy Cuddy: “When someone asks you a question, trust that the other person wants you to give a balanced answer. So don’t be afraid to wait a while with answers. Reflect, don’t rattle right away.”
You may be very excited about your job interview, but don’t use stupid language. Schelden shows others that you can’t handle a situation calmly and thoughtfully, Randall says.
“Using bad language or profanity isn’t just a bad habit, it’s definitely not done in many companies,” says Randall.
“It is inappropriate to interrupt anyone. If you do, it shows the other person that you have no respect and that you are impatient,” says Randall.
Being civilized in a conversation earns you bonus points, bad timing nullifies those points.
Bad body language
“What you say in a conversation is just as important as how you say it.“Try to communicate with your body language how much you love having the opportunity to apply for this fantastic job.”
Making things more beautiful than they are
In the CareerBuilder survey, 69 percent of employers say that catching an applicant in a lie is a real deal breaker, Haefner says.
“Lying or inciting something during an application process destroys your chance of ever being hired at the company. Extensive background checks and references make it easier than ever to catch you.”
Wanting too much
Asking how you got through the interview and whether you got the job comes across as quite desperate. It’s good to be excited, but you don’t want to look too hungry.
The above questions are exaggerated, since you’re putting the interviewer in front of you. Rather, ask for feedback after you’ve been told whether or not you’ve got the job.
Wishing the interview was over quickly is the biggest mistake you can make as a candidate, Oliver says.
“Of course you want it to be over soon. But, while you’re here, you have to do your best to stay mentally with it. The manager immediately notices when you are not quite there.”
For you to be doing something else during the interview is inappropriate (you don’t seem like you’re really interested in the job) or you’re giving incoherent answers (you don’t really respond to the question being asked).
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is not saying “thank you” after a job interview, according to Business Insider US’ Jessica Liebman.
“Whether we’ve been sitting in an office for thirty minutes, Skype because one of the two is abroad, or we call each other briefly: for example, send a message a day later to thank you for the conversation,” says Liebman. Otherwise, the supervisor may assume you don’t really want the job.