Enjoyed part I of the “Reasons You Didn’t Get Hired series”?, well here’s part II.
Recently I hired an entry-level employee (college degree, no experience needed) to be a part of my team. During that process I was amazed to see a whole host of bizarre things. Admittedly, I’m a little old fashioned when it comes to interviewing and hiring, but wow there are some applicants who need a little “schooling” in the whole job interview process. So for your amusement and reading pleasure, here are some of the reasons, “you” didn’t get hired-part II:
- Interview Attire- You came to my office dressed like a hipster. When did it become OK to wear jeans to an interview? I don’t care that they are “dressy” jeans. You show up in jeans, the interview is over. I’m taking time out of my day to interview you, pretend like you care. Side note: if you show up dressed like a lobster as in the photo above, I might have security escort you out, or you might get hired on the spot.
- Timing- You came 30 minutes early. Obviously you shouldn’t come late, but don’t arrive “too” early either. If our interview is at 2pm, please don’t show up at 1:15. If you arrive more than 15 minutes early I have to re-arrange my day, or leave you sitting in the lobby. Both situations make me feel bad, and you don’t want that to be my first impression of you.
- Thank yous- You didn’t send a thank you. I interviewed 7 other candidates. Remind me of a connection we made over something, or what makes you stand out. If you don’t thank me (e-mail is fine) I won’t hire you, even if I liked you.
- Thoughtful Responses- You spoke horribly about your former boss or former co-workers. Even if you hated them and they were all a bunch of assholes, keep your comments to yourself. If you have bad things to say about them, they probably have bad things to say about you, and I’m not going to take the time to figure out who’s “right”.
- Friendliness-You ignored my receptionist/my patients. I work at a non-profit and my clients are often waiting with you in the lobby. If you’re nasty to one of them, or appear standoffish, that will get back to me. Ditto for the way you treat my receptionist. Once an interviewee was grilled by one of the clients in the waiting room. When asked if she was going to work at the agency she replied, “I hope so, I think I’d like working here”. Good answer! I hired her.
Been an interviewer/interviewee recently? What were your experiences?
Missed Part I? Check it out: HERE
Image: Ted Murphy