Employers love to hire candidates that show enthusiasm. However, sometimes in their excitement, applicants will cross the line and actually start to annoy the hiring managers. You never want to make that mistake because once the hiring manager labels you as annoying, you’ve lost any chance that you had of being hired. Here are five examples of applicant behaviour that annoys employers. Do whatever you can to avoid behaving in this way and you’ll be sure to stay on the hiring manager’s good side:
Following up too much. While following up with the employer is a good way to keep your name at the top of their mind, if you call them too much, you’ll just get on their nerves. The best approach is to call them once, and follow up with an e-mail a week or two later. This allows you to show your enthusiasm without being too pushy. If the employer is interested in hiring you, they will eventually return your call.
Omitting important information from your resume. When you leave relevant information off of your resume, the employer will think that you are trying to hide something. Hiring managers are trained to detect when a candidate is withholding information. For example, if there are large gaps in your resume, or if you are vague about dates or locations, the employer may determine that you are cagey and discard your application.
Not following directions. Some employers will provide very clear instructions on how to apply for the job. For example, they may specify a job number to include in the subject line of the email, they may want you to include your salary requirements, or they may clearly state “No phone calls”. Make sure that you follow these directions. If you demonstrate to the employer that you cannot follow simple instructions, why would they ever consider hiring you?
Not having an honest dialogue. While employers expect applicants to tell them what they want to hear, you shouldn’t take this to the point of dishonesty. When applicants come across as being fake, and constantly feed the employer a sales pitch, it is difficult for the hiring manager to accurately assess their skills. Most employers will not hire this type of candidate, because even after the interview, they feel that they don’t know them at all.
Demanding to know why you weren’t hired. Never forget that the hiring managers are human too. If they have decided to hire another candidate, they may feel uncomfortable discussing it with you. Do not contact the manager demanding to know why you weren’t hired and don’t be rude to them. Remember, the employer does not owe you anything. If you need feedback, you can contact the manager and tell them that you’ve been looking for a job for a few months and you’re wondering if they can give you any tips that will help you in your next interview. However, if the employer shows any hesitancy, just let it go.
Looking for a job is not easy. You need to deal with a lot of different personalities and what works for one employer may be completely unacceptable to another. The key is to remember the Golden Rule and don’t do anything that would be annoying to you if you were the hiring manager.
(Written by: Karen Bivand)