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Don’t Scare Off Your Potential Employers with these Interview Red Flags

Updated: Dec 12, 2023

Trying to find a job is not an easy process. You have to scour the internet looking for openings, make sure your resume and cover letter are pristine, and send the aforementioned to dozens if not hundreds of potential employers - and that’s just the start! Hopefully, after all those submissions, you get a few callbacks. Then, you’ll likely have a phone interview or two before being asked to come in for a face-to-face interview; which, at the end of the day, is what you want. However, you’d be amazed at how often we see qualified candidates make it this far in the process only to blow it during the interview. Has this ever happened to you? Whether it has or hasn’t, no matter, today, we are going to teach you how NOT to scare away potential employers and increase your chances of getting the job.

Lack of eye contact

When a hiring manager notices that you are not making eye contact with them, chances are they are thinking either one of two things. One, that you lack confidence, which means they might think you can’t follow through with the job, or two, that you have something to hide. In either case, it is best to avoid this mishap.

Suspicious or inconsistent work history

When in an interview, a candidate should be able to clearly and accurately walk a potential employer through their employment history and give reasons as to why they left each job. While this seems simple enough, you’d be amazed how often people put positions on their resume that either aren’t accurate or are unflattering. In either case, it is best always to include an accurate and complimentary job history.

Arriving late

If you are looking to make an excellent first impression with a potential employer, perhaps the best and easiest thing you can do is simply show up on time. Not being punctual for your interview can give the impression that you lack the necessary time management skills, which no hiring manager is looking for.

Not asking questions

While an interview is typically the potential employer asking questions to the prospective employee, you need to realize it is a two-way street. Employers are always looking for staff that are a good fit for their culture, however, if you want to impress your interviewer, then come prepared with questions of your own. After all, you want to make sure they are a good fit for you, too.

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