You created a great resume which made sure you got through the resume screening robots that most people don’t get past and then you were invited in for a first interview. Congratulations! You have done better than hundreds of other candidates but you don’t have the job yet. They are still looking at a number of really good candidates so the things you do or do not do after the interview can drastically affect your chances of getting the job.
After speaking to a number of hiring managers, we have put together a list of the 5
most annoying behaviours and mistakes job candidates make after an interview which drive hiring managers crazy. Make sure you are not making these mistakes because you are not the only candidate being interviewed for the role. You can bet there are plenty of other candidates who will put in more time and effort to ensure they do not make these mistakes.
- No Links In your Resume
The harder you make things for the hiring manager to find, the less likely they are to bother with you when there are so many other candidates to chose from. Not including important links in your resume is very annoying for hiring managers because it makes it hard for them to find out more about you. You need to include links in your resume for all the following items if you have them online:
Personal Website or blog
Personal Landing page
Awards, Certificates and Qualifications
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- Not Following Up After The Interview
A candidate who does not follow up after the interview is clearly not particularly interested in the role. According to the hiring managers we spoke to, a surprising number of candidates do not follow up after the interview. It can be as simple as a short ‘thank you for your time’ but if you can spare 15 minutes, take the time to write a personal note referencing the role and what aspects of the role excite you the most. Your efforts will be greatly appreciated.
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- Post Interview Stalking
Post interview stalking is as bad, if not worse, than not following up at all after the interview. A follow up email and perhaps one phone call per week at most is what you need to do. Emailing or ringing the hiring manager every few days does not show you are very interested in the role, it makes you annoying and ruins your chance of landing the role.
- Reacting Badly If You Don’t Get The Role
The world is a pretty small place when you are looking for a new job so you simply can’t afford to burn any bridges especially with highly influential hiring managers. If you don’t get the job, don’t even think about sending an email expressing your disbelief at missing out. Instead, ring or email the hiring manager and ask if there was anything specific that let you down. Ask if there is anything they could suggest you improve on for next time and thank them for their time. Like any industry, hiring managers often know each other and they talk. Don’t get yourself blacklisted in a moment of anger.
- Assuming They Are You Best Friend
Hiring managers exist to service the needs of employers whether they are an in house manager or a head hunter. Job candidates are they way they achieve this goal. They are not your best friend, they are not even looking out for your best interests so don’t make the mistake of assuming they are. Always be professional and polite, and don’t step over the line. This needs to come across in your tone and manner during the interview as well as in any written communication you have with the hiring manager. Professional not overly friendly!
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