In a previous blog post, we discussed the importance of branding yourself as reliable, both to your current employer and to any potential new employers.
Branding yourself as reliable is critical for multiple reasons, not the least of which is because it’s the first step toward branding yourself as trustworthy. And proving yourself reliable—just like proving yourself trustworthy—takes time.
It’s especially difficult if you make mistakes during the hiring process when you’re looking for a new job. Companies want to hire reliable, dependable people as employees. That’s why if you brand yourself as unreliable, then the organization will not want to hire you.
Below are five ways to brand yourself as unreliable during the hiring process (even if you don’t realize you’re doing it):
#1—Not showing up for a phone screen
Phone screens are typically conducted earlier in the hiring process. However, they’re important because the phone screen leads to a face-to-face interview. So if you miss the phone screen (for whatever reason), then it will be difficult to convince an employer to give you another chance.
#2—Not sending an email when you said you would
This is the crux of being reliable: doing what you say you’re going to do. If you say that you will send an email and that you will send it by a certain time, then that is what you must do. If not, then you’ll be seen as unreliable.
#3—Not showing up for a face-to-face interview
The same rationale applies to this interview as applies to the phone screen. The difference, of course, is that the face-to-face interview is more important. You can miss a phone screen and somehow remain in the hiring process, but if you miss this type of interview, then the company will no longer consider you for the position.
#4—Showing up late for an interview
Not showing up at all is a major mistake, of course, but showing up late can also damage your personal brand and reputation. This is even if you show up five, 10, or 15 minutes late and the reason for your tardiness appears legitimate. This is because you’ve “sowed the seeds” of doubt in the minds of the people tasked with making the hiring decision.
So if you’re actively seeking a new job and exploring other employment opportunities, remember the golden rule for branding yourself as reliable: always do what you say you’re going to do.
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