When applying for the perfect job, most people spend time composing their resume and ensuring it’s perfect. The goal is always to land that coveted first interview; sadly, candidates often sabotage themselves even before they’re out of the gate by displaying clear red flags. We’ll tell you which ones you need to be aware of, and what you should avoid, to help you really sell yourself when you apply for your next job.
Getting a job you really want starts by sparking the potential employer’s interest, but it is possible to go overboard. Whether you’re lying or putting in info, like a lack of transportation, you may be displaying clear red flags employers see as a reason to ignore you. Get to know the most common warning signs in this post now and you just might avoid self-sabotaging your next application.
These Red Flags TERRIFY Employers and Leave You Jobless!
Lying on Your Resume or Cover Letter
A quick way to scare off a potential employer is to lie on your resume or cover letter. Make no mistake, even if you think you’re being savvy, they WILL find out. And when they do, they will instantly blacklist you – probably for life.
Putting down false or fraudulent information is not only wrong, it can also be illegal. If you claim you are qualified for a job in the professional sector, like healthcare or law, you could face legal ramifications for giving false information. Always be truthful, no matter what type of job you’re applying for. Remember that most employers use professional resources to track and verify information before selecting a candidate.
Having Numerous past Employers
Do you have a solid, steady work history, or is your resume dotted with jobs that really didn’t last that long? Moving from one job to the other, especially switching careers several times, can look bad. It tells employers you’re unreliable (even if that’s maybe really not the case and they just don’t understand).
Honesty is the best policy, but you can choose a functional or combination resume format to avoid these issues. Both styles focus more on your skill set in relation to the job you’re applying for and what exactly you can bring to the table.
During the interview process, an interviewer may ask if you have reliable transportation. If the answer’s no, you may not get the job, even if the job doesn’t necessarily require the use of a car. The problem? Every employer wants someone that is timely and dependable.
If you don’t have a car or driver’s license, you need to find ways to demonstrate your reliability and dependability. Work on getting a vehicle, or be prepared to explain how you’ll ensure your ability to get to work on time in the interview.
Letting Loose on Social Media
Do you love to share posts and photos on Facebook and Twitter? If so, make sure they’re not offensive. A wild night drinking and partying, and the photos that stem from it, may give a snooping employer the wrong impression.
Most employers want their employees to be professional both in and out of the workplace. They also want you to maintain a good image at all times, even if they can’t really come right out and say it. Keep your party night photos private, and don’t add people from work to your profile – ever.
Always show up to an interview in proper attire. From professional to business casual, the way you dress will depend on what type of job you’re applying for. If you’re applying as a legal secretary in an attorney’s office, you may be asked to dress professionally. On the other hand, if you’re hired as an assembly person in a manufacturing shop, you may need casual clothing or even protective gear.
As for the interview and application process, keep it neat, clean, and simple. Start with a clean-cut, fresh appearance and non-revealing clothes with no rips or tears.
Prepare Questions in Advance
In an interview, there’s a good chance your potential employer will leave the forum open for your questions. If you draw a blank, it may look bad. Every good candidate will always have something to ask, even if it’s just an obscure question about the company’s workplace culture. Not asking any questions can also indicate you don’t handle questions under pressure well, or that you aren’t competent enough to come up with something on the spot.
To eliminate this concern, ask:
- What does the typical work week look like?
- Should I expect overtime regularly?
- How can I advance with the company?
- Would you like a list of my personal and professional references?
- Can I clarify my qualifications for you?
Avoid asking questions about pay and schedules right away. This is typically something discussed when you accept the job offer. Early discussion may pigeonhole you into accepting less than you would otherwise be offered.
There’s no guarantee that you won’t experience a few bumps during the interview process, and you can’t force employers to love you. But trying to relax, remaining professional and focusing on answering questions to the best of your ability will definitely help.
~Here’s to Your Success