Ten Job Interview Deal Killers

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 04-27-2015 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Showing Up Late
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    Showing Up Late

    If you're not early for a job interview, you're late, right? Even arriving just a couple minutes past the designated time raises a big red flag about punctuality.
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    Not Bringing Requested Materials
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    Not Bringing Requested Materials

    If you asked for references and the interviewee comes up empty, for example, then you have to wonder about credibility.
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    Complaining About a Past (or Current) Employer
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    Complaining About a Past (or Current) Employer

    It's fine to discuss work-based challenges, to demonstrate how they were addressed and overcome. But badmouthing a past or current employer is a sign of a bad attitude.
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    Arriving Unprepared

    Find out how much an interviewee knows about your company–such as its core businesses, competitors and overall mission. If you get a blank stare, it could speak to apathy or a lack of initiative.
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    Pulling Out a Phone

    If candidates can't pay undivided attention to the interview while it's happening, what makes you think they'll focus on IT projects when on the job?
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    Emphasizing Job Titles Held–Not Accomplishments
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    Emphasizing Job Titles Held–Not Accomplishments

    Potential recruits should be able to describe what they contributed of actual value within a role, and address how they solved problems.
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    Not Asking Questions
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    Not Asking Questions

    If candidates literally have no questions about working for your IT department, it's safe to conclude that they're simply looking to land a job–any job–as opposed to building a career.
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    Dressing too Casually

    Even if T-shirts and jeans are the norm for your IT department, a prospect should dress in business-appropriate attire.
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    Asking About Salary Right Away
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    Asking About Salary Right Away

    You want employees who are driven by the value of the work itself, not money.
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    Not Following Up

    Did you get a personalized thank you email after the interview? If not, you'll want to avoid bringing on a thoughtless, over-entitled hire.
 

A bad hire can take a big bite out of your budget. The average cost of a failed hiring decision equates to 30% of the staffer's first-year potential earnings, according to industry research. Two-thirds of employers say they've experienced negative effects of bad hires, with 37% saying the situation lowered department morale while 18% indicate that it harmed client relationships. In addition, as much as 80% of personnel turnover is due to poor hiring decisions. Obviously, you want to avoid this. And, fortunately, you can–if you fine-tune your observational skills during job interviews. The interview presents an opportunity for potential recruits to reveal their true selves, after all. If they convey any of the following deal-killer behaviors or traits, then you can safely cross them off your list. That's because, among other potential headaches, these lapses demonstrate a lack of reliability, motivation, initiative, positive mindset and attention to detail. Our list was compiled by a number of online resources, including those posted by The Creative Group and Fresno City College.  The listed deal killers apply universally for any hirer.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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