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Old 03-15-2010, 10:26 AM
 
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Old 03-15-2010, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in TN
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Most of these are so obvious and yet....people can be dopes.

One that happened in our office in the fairly recent past was when the applicant was rude to the girl at the front desk. Big no-no. That was not the only reason she was not offered a position but it was probably a dealbreaker. You never really know who the "girl at the front desk" is and in this case she was the close friend of the person making the hiring decision. At another time, it easily could have been the Department Director if she happened to be walking by or listening for the door on a short-staffed day.

I wonder how often people are actually late for interviews. I would think that would be the #1 thing to avoid.
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Old 03-15-2010, 11:04 AM
 
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Most of these are so obvious and yet....people can be dopes.

One that happened in our office in the fairly recent past was when the applicant was rude to the girl at the front desk.
She could very well be the flaky daughter of the owner. Actually worked where we had one of those once.
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Old 03-15-2010, 11:42 AM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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Most of these are common sense and reflects proper etiquette. I laughed when I saw the one about not bringing friends or your mother to an interview. Does ANYONE actually do this?????
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Old 03-15-2010, 12:17 PM
 
Location: On this planet most of the time
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Most of these are common sense and reflects proper etiquette. I laughed when I saw the one about not bringing friends or your mother to an interview. Does ANYONE actually do this?????
This post brings to mind the time I went to a job interview and so help me there were women there with their kids running all over the place not to mention that one of the interviewers also had her kid there setting up the computers for the tests. Total chaos and this was supposed to be a professional office.
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Old 03-15-2010, 02:34 PM
 
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There's another list of dos and don'ts for job seeker's every day.

It's about time there's a list of dos and don'ts for hirers.
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Old 03-15-2010, 02:36 PM
 
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There's another list of dos and don'ts for job seeker's every day.

It's about time there's a list of dos and don'ts for hirers.
Thank you!
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Old 03-15-2010, 03:40 PM
 
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lol, I guess I shouldn't show up for any interviews based on this list, Just sit there and take it.
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Old 03-15-2010, 05:51 PM
 
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There's another list of dos and don'ts for job seeker's every day.

It's about time there's a list of dos and don'ts for hirers.
Here ya go:

"How to Screen a Potential Employee"--The Rules for Interviewers

Please avoid the following!

1. Arriving late.
2. Arriving too early(and being impatient)
3. Lighting up a cigarette, or smelling like a cigarette.
4. Bad-mouthing our company or the candidate's last company.
5. Lying about the skills/experience/knowledge or hours needed for this position.
6. Wearing the wrong (for this workplace!) clothes.
7. Forgetting the name of the person you're interviewing.
8. Wearing a ton of perfume or aftershave.
9. Wearing sunglasses.
10. Wearing a Bluetooth earpiece.
11. Failing to research the potential employee in advance.
12. Failing to demonstrate enthusiasm.
13. Mentioning benefits too soon.
14. Talking about salary too soon.
15. Being unable to explain the demands of the job in question.
16. Failing to make a strong case for why this is the best company in this business.
17. Forgetting to bring a copy of the candidate's resume and/or portfolio.
18. Failing to remember what position you are hiring for.
19. Asking too many probing (potentially illegal) questions.
20. Asking no questions at all.
21. Being unprepared to answer the standard questions.
22. Failing to listen carefully to what the candidate is saying.
23. Talking more than half the time.
24. Interrupting your candidate.
25. Neglecting to match the communication style of your candidate.
26. Yawning.
27. Slouching.
28. Bringing along a friend, or your mother.
29. Chewing gum, tobacco, your pen, your hair.
30. Laughing, giggling, whistling, humming, lip-smacking.
31. Saying "you know," "like," "I guess," and "um."
32. Name-dropping or bragging or sounding like a know-it-all.
33. Leaving to use the bathroom.
34. Being falsely or exaggeratedly modest.
35. Shaking hands too weakly, or too firmly.
36. Failing to make eye contact (or making continuous eye contact).
37. Taking a seat without offering on to your candidate.
38. Becoming angry or defensive.
39. Complaining that you were kept waiting.
40. Complaining about anything!
41. Speaking rudely to the receptionist or you AA.
42. Letting your nervousness show.
43. Overexplaining why you have 96% turnover.
44. Being too familiar and jokey.
45. Sounding desperate.
46. Checking the time.
47. Oversharing.
48. Sounding rehearsed.
49. Leaving your cell phone on.
50. Failing to offer the job, or at least setting a "we'll get back to you by____" date.
51. Failing to send a "Thank you, but no thanks" letter/email if the candidate is not hired.

(courtesy of plaidmom, please do not reprint w/o my permission , thanks!)
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Old 03-16-2010, 09:38 PM
 
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The person at the front desk-- you would be surprised at what kind of input they may have into a job.

I worked a Director of Sales for a large region. I was his exec assistant. He was interviewing for a regional sales manager and there was a candidate waiting in the reception area. I went to go grab him when my director was ready (he had been in a meeting and I had called to the front to tell the security guard to let the guy know it would be a few more minutes). When I came to collect the guy and escort him back, he kept griping about the extra fifteen minutes. He had been pretty rude to the security guard as well.

He had a copy of his resume, but he wanted a copy and he went to the lady who sat in front of my boss's office (she actually was a marketing person and not the assistant), he handed her a copy of his resume and informed her he would like to make an additional copy to use during his interview. He didn't ask, he literally just handed the papers over and informed her to make the copy.

After every interview, the director would always ask all of us who had any interaction with the candidate our opinions and impressions. My director actually liked the guy in the interview and the security guard, myself, and the marketing lady all told him we thought the guy was highly rude and arrogant. Needless to say the guy didn't get the job. The thought being that how he acted to all parties who had nothing to do with the 15 minutes extra time-- well the director could not even imagine how this guy would behave in front of a client if a client happened to be running late, or if the client upset him, etc.
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