Some job search advice is obvious: don’t show up late to an interview, dress appropriately, and don’t call incessantly to see if you got the job.
Other behavior may not be as apparent to those looking for a job, but trust us, hiring managers notice everything.
Here are some unprofessional actions that you should not do in a job interview:
Talking Too Much
Some people have a nervous tick that makes them talk through their nervousness. Or others may not be fully confident in their experience or qualifications, so they think talking more will make up for it. Whatever the case, know that hiring managers notice if you talk nonstop about yourself. If you do talk too much, just be mindful to ask questions and show curiosity in the position and company.
Not Researching the Company
We often advise this, but it’s important to know that a simple Google search is not enough. Hiring managers want to know that you understand the company and its culture. Do your homework: network with current employees, pay attention to any statements from executives, and review the company’s social media accounts. You can learn a lot about a company through its Twitter feed.
Sharing Too Much on Social Media
Speaking of social media accounts, have you gone back and looked at yours lately? Is there anything on there that you’d be embarrassed to show a potential employer? If so, delete it. But don’t just stop at the inappropriate photos from spring break; delete anything that seems to portray you in the wrong light. The last thing a hiring manager wants to see is you bashing your old boss or complaining about a long work day.
For more tips on job interviews or your job search, it’s always best to consult a professional staffing agency. And if you’re in IT and located in Dallas-Fort Worth, Maxsys Solutions can help you prepare for your next position.