Earlier this year I wrote a post called How to Impress a Recruiter which was wildly popular.
It was a story about how someone used Twitter, blogs, and research to help a person stand out from other candidates.
As a recruiter, it is not easy to knock my socks off.
I really appreciate someone who goes the extra mile when looking for a job. All recruiters do.
It is a highly competitive market and recruiters are looking for “something special” that will give an edge over other candidates.
I have been asked routinely to do a follow up to that blog.
What should candidates not do? What are some routine mistakes that I see candidates make which is effecting their chances of getting that job?
There are so many things that candidates can do to improve their chances of getting a job.
I thought it would be best if I listed them out. The truth is these things should be reviewed and re-reviewed because as a candidate you probably have done these things at some point in your career.
1. Candidates Talk too Much
There is nothing more exhausting to me than when a candidate talks and talks and really doesn’t give the recruiter a second to interject.
When recruiters talk to candidates, they don’t have a ton of time to chit- chat about what you did 10 years ago.
They want to know the highlights of your career.
To hear about a project that you worked on for 15 minutes makes a recruiter want to hang up the phone.
Find out what the recruiter is interested in and talk to that point.