Ever wonder why you lost that opportunity in spite of everything going amazing? Ever question why the person sitting next to you bagged the job and you did not? Ever question why you cannot seem to be able to get that promotion? Well, it maybe because you are scaring away the recruiters unknowingly. So for this article, let us look into how we are pushing our recruiters away.
1. JOB HOPPING
Remember hopping from job to job is seen as a negative. Recruiters like to make long term investments. They want to cut down on labour turnover. Therefore, if one’s resume shows that one has worked for one too many companies it will be seen as a con.
2. EXAGGERATED QUALIFICATION
If the resume over states a candidates qualification and the recruiter detects this during the interview, the possibility of the candidate being hired may completely get ruined because of the misrepresentation made by him.
3. SOLE FOCUS ON SALARY
No doubt salary is a very important component but if the job seeker makes it his sole priority, the recruiters see it as a demerit. This is because such a character trait shows how money driven the job seeker is.
If a candidate seems disinterested during an interview, it is chalked down as a huge flaw. Firms want to hire people who are enthusiastic and passionate about their jobs. Asking no questions at an interview can be interpreted as a lack of interest.
5. BAD SOCIAL MEDIA IMAGE
Keeping one’s social persona clean is an absolute must in today’s connected world. What is posted on Facebook, Instagram, or Linkedin and what has been tweeted on Twitter can reflect positively or negatively. A lack of social media footprint, mainly LinkedIn, may be seen as not being technologically savvy.
6. LACK OF PROFESSIONALISM
Behaving unprofessionally i.e. in a laid back manner with recruiters is seen as a flaw. Dress adequately, be on time and act professionally.
7. PERSONAL AGENDAS
Personal strong beliefs in the areas of politics, religions, policies and other “debatable topics” have their place in society. However, they have no place in the workplace or the hiring process. One’s resume must be free from such agendas.
8. CALL/EMAIL MORE THAN ONCE A WEEK FOR STATUS UPDATES
This shows desperation and no employer wants that in his employee. Being inquisitive about the results is natural but badgering the recruiters with calls and emails for updates is a complete no-no.
In the end the only thing that matters is communication. Communicate in a professional manner. Remember neither to be overly desperate nor overly disinterested. Maintaining a balance between the two leads to impressing recruiters. Pre-plan as to how you want to present yourself. Honesty, sincerity and common sense are valued highly by recruiters. Now, that we have touched on how we scare off our recruiters, we can work on not scaring them away. Keep in mind that getting that dream job is dependent on impressing your recruiter!