During the last few weeks, we’ve been delving into a series of blog posts about best practices for professionals during the job search.
However, now we’re going to “switch gears,” although . . . not really. That’s because we’re still addressing best practices, but we’re going to tackle them from a different angle. Instead of focusing on what you should do during your job search, we’re going to focus on what you shouldn’t do.
With that in mind, below are three things to NOT do during a job search, or worse, during an interview with a potential new employer:
#1—Not showing up for the interview.
This is also known as “ghosting” on the interview, and you can “ghost” on other things as well, including a phone screen or other communication. You can do it, but we would recommend that you do not do it. Regardless of whether or not you want the job, this is a personal branding disaster.
After all, you never know who somebody knows and you never know what the future holds. If you “ghost” on a job interview (or something else) now, then it could have ramifications for your career in the future. So why take chances?
#2—Speaking badly about past employers and/or co-workers.
This is an easy trap to fall into, especially if a hiring manager asks you why you want to leave your current position or asks about your work history. Remember: if you speak badly about your previous employers, then the people who are interviewing you are more likely to believe that you will speak badly about your co-workers if they hire you.
No company wants to hire job seekers who speak in negative terms about their employer, regardless of the circumstances surrounding the situation. Instead, they want to hire positive people who speak and act in a positive way.
#3—Conducting yourself in an unprofessional way.
Speaking of, well, speaking and acting, what you say and do, especially during the face-to-face or in-person interview, is critically important. Yes, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, some companies are choosing to conduct their interviews via Zoom or some other application over the Internet. However, this is not an excuse to not be professional.
And keep in mind that this extends to everything—from what you say to the way you look to your body language. So regardless of the way in which you are being interviewed, always strive to participate in the interview in the most professional manner possible.
Last year, Time Staffing won ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing Client and Talent Awards for providing superior service to their clients and candidates. ClearlyRated's Best of Staffing Award is the only award in the United States and Canada that recognizes staffing agencies that have proven superior service and quality based entirely upon ratings provided by their clients and job candidates. Time Staffing received satisfaction scores of 9 out of 10 or 10 out of 10 from 75.4% of their placed talent, significantly higher than the industry’s average of 45%.
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