Friday, January 24, 2014

How to NOT Get A Job (From A Recruiter)

I mentioned the other day how I ended up in the career field I am in. I even mentioned how much I love it, and how fulfilled I am by the work I do. If I have learned anything in the past six months as a Recruiter, it How NOT to get a job. So, for all of you that may be job searching, or who will someday be looking for a new job, please go ahead and keep these things in mind.



 
 
If you don't want a job:

1. Have a really unprofessional and borderline inappropriate email address. Bonus points if it is along the lines of "Yourfavoritesin" @ email host dot com.

2. When you do not get offered an interview, call the Recruiter and tell her how incompetent she and everyone else at the organization is.

3. Write a three page essay on why you were wrongfully terminated at your previous job in the Reason For Leaving application blank.

4. Straight up bash your old employers in your job interview. That really makes the interview panel feel comfortable.

5. Ask really weird questions at the end of the interview like "If you were a fruit, which one would you be and why?"

6. Be a little TOO honest about your weaknesses. "I have anger management issues and threw a stapler at the wall when I was upset at my previous job" is a really good way to never hear from the company you are interviewing for again.

7. Be late to your interview. Does this one even require explanation? Do not under any circumstances give yourself a few extra minutes in case of traffic, do not consider it is okay to arrive early and sit in the lobby or in your car, leave in just enough time to get their right in time and you will most likely be late. And you will most likely not get a job.

8. "Spin" your experience and job titles. For example, if you were an Administrative Assistant, but want to work in Purchasing, if you've at least looked at a purchase order before, go ahead and change your title to Purchasing Agent. Same thing, right? And pray the company you're applying at doesn't actually call your previous employers!

There you have it friends. Straight from the mouth of a recruiter. Things to do when you really do NOT want to get hired.

Speaking of work, this girl is EXCITED today is Friday. I have a full day of interviews, and am already dreaming of sleeping in tomorrow for as long as my heart desires AND not having to put on real pants all day.

13 comments:

  1. I still get baffled at the things people do in our field. It honestly blows my mind. And, makes me feel way smarter than the average Joe!

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  2. What a great post. I find it SHOCKING that you even need to share these tips but it always surprises me how unprofessional some people can be at interviews and business functions.

    Brittany @ Everyday Thoughts

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  3. I've seen some crazy resumes over the years! For some counsellors we understand it might be their first job so we're a tiny bit more understanding of resume no-nos but we draw the line at inapprorpaite e-mail addresses. I'm always shocked by how many people don't read the job description when applying for a job! They put things in their application that totally contradict what we're looking for in an applicant!

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  4. omg the anger management one is too good! hahahahahaha

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  5. Girl, yes! People are crazy! My husband interviewed someone last week, when he asked the guy what his biggest weakness was, he replied with "I don't communicate well with supervisors or other employees" WHAT??

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  6. People's lack of professionalism blows my mind.

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  7. And my all time favorite - drop the F-bomb, not once, but twice to make sure everyone on the interview panel heard you. Yeeaaahhhh.........

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  8. I loathe the "what are your weaknesses?" question. I never know how to answer it without being too honest. Any suggestions of how to answer it properly?

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  9. I can't wait to sleep in tomorrow, too!

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  10. Haha. These are great! I can't believe what some people will say and do at interviews!

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  11. There are some crazy people in this world! I haven't had many jobs, so I haven't had many interviews. But I think being honest in an interview is CRUCIAL. Plus, you're interviewing the company too. I always try to think of questions I have about the company and expectations of the job position I'm applying for!

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  12. Good luck on your interview! I am looking for a job myself and boy is it hard!

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  13. These are really great tips, I feel as though my professors are talking to me. I've heard all of this like a million times and it amazes me the people that STILL DON'T GET IT!!

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