The following are the top 10 gripes you have all shared with me over the past several months regarding your “adventures” in job searching.
#1: Failure to Get Back in Touch after Multiple Interviews
Hands down this is the leading complaint that I hear from candidates heavily searching for jobs. You go in for three or four interviews, all seems to go well, and then, BAM, nobody’s returning your calls. It could be that the company had a hiring freeze, budgets were cut, or there were layoffs. It could be that they decided to go with someone else. Either way, there’s really no excuse. Someone should have the courtesy to call you back and let you know that you didn’t get the job or that the process is on hold. After calling three times at the very most, drop it and move on. This happens more often than one would like, so the key is to keep interviewing until you’ve got an offer on the table.
#2: After meeting the hiring manager, he tells you he wants you to come in again to meet with others on the management team. You are psyched. Then, two days later, the recruiter who set it up calls back to say: “I’m sorry, but they just didn’t think you were right for the job.”
More often than not, hiring managers just don’t seem to have the balls to tell you that you’re not right for a job at the end of an interview. So, it’s our job, as recruiters, to do the dirty work. That’s OK, I don’t have a problem with that. But, I do have a problem with the fact that employers seem to unnecessarily lead candidates on as the interview is winding down. ATTENTION HIRING MANAGERS!!! If you are not interested in a candidate, either tell them the truth or simply thank them for coming in at the end of an interview and let them know that the recruiter who set up the meeting will be in touch. As the candidate, regardless of what you are told, keep your feelers out there and never “assume” that a job is in your pocket until the very end.
#3: A recruiter tells you that she is going to send your resume in for a job and then falls off the face of the earth.
If a recruiter says they are going to send your resume in for a position and then doesn’t call back it’s because the client most likely took a pass. The recruiter should call you back. If she doesn’t then don’t work with her. There are other recruiters out there who will treat you better.
#4: You are interviewing with one person and a second person joins the meeting late and proceeds to ask the very same questions you just answered!
This is beyond rude and simply a waste of your time. Assess who this person is and how closely you’ll have to work with him. Remember, the interview goes both ways, so if you will be working very closely with this person, perhaps you should reevaluate if YOU want this job.
#5: The recruiter or hiring manager keeps answering her phone and allows herself to be interrupted by staff during the interview.
Same advice applies as written above in #4.
#6: You are interviewing or presenting to a group and one or more in the room are texting.
Perhaps, before you start presenting, you can kindly request that everyone put their phones away. Why not for crying out loud? Yes, I wish we didn’t have to actually ask for this kind of courtesy, but the reality is, we do.
#7: You are asked to do a project and after pulling an all nighter, receive zero, zip feedback — not even a “thanks but no thanks.”
Honestly? You should be thankful. Why would you want to work for a company that would treat you that poorly?
#8: You arrive at an interview early, only to wait 30 minutes or more to be called in.
Assess how the person handles it. Does she just saunter in like nothing happened or does she apologize profusely. Emergencies do pop up. If she seems to care that she inconvenienced you, give her a second chance.
#9: It becomes painfully clear that the interviewer hasn’t looked at your resume even though it was sent beforehand.
Not cool, but suck it up and take him through it. Make sure to ALWAYS carry a few extra copies with you when you go to an interview.
#10: A recruiter changes your resume and/or tries too hard to sell you on a job that does not appeal to you.
Stick to your guns and don’t let anyone convince you to do something you know in your gut is just not right. In terms of the resume changes, you can send a .pdf to recruiters so this is not an option. If they specifically request a Word document, make it very clear that any changes made to the resume must be approved by you.
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