3 Little Habits That Drive Recruiters Crazy

I am sure, you believe that you are awesome at interviews and that you know how to leave the best impression. If you are one of the 10% of people who don’t believe that, then I bet you used to believe that at some point in your career.

I hate to break it to you, but there are several bad habits that you didn’t even know you have- and are ruining your chances of employment.

Here is a list of the most annoying little habits that would piss off even the calmest recruiter.

1. Impersonal Thank You Note

No, it’s not just the thought that counts. Unfortunately, it is not enough that you wanted to write a thank you note- you also need to spend some time and personalize it as much as possible.

Yes, it is great to have some online templates to use after interviews, however, if you don’t change them one bit, the hiring manager’s inbox will be flooded with identical thank you notes, and, of course, this will annoy them.

As you already know, hiring managers take time off their schedule to arrange a meeting with you- they must have seen something great on your resume and think you are worth it. You should be proud of that as this doesn’t happen to every single candidate, but you should also appreciate this by showing it on your thank you note. Do you think they are really going to hire someone who can’t even be bothered to write a proper thank you note? Don’t make them rule you out just because of a thank you note. Be smart!

2. Name Dropping

Okay we get it, you are really proud of your school. You worked hard, missed out on several parties and you had several sleepless nights in the library, trying to finish that assignment you knew you shouldn’t have left for the last minute. However, unless the hiring manager asks you about your college, or any other specific question about your course, you should never just throw it in the conversation.

Name-dropping your college suggests that you are trying to impress managers with your little stories, your amazing experiences or how many famous people attended your school. Trust me, if your school is worth being noted, your interviewer has already noticed that on your resume.

Just make sure to answer all the questions the specifically ask you.

3. Follow-up Call

Even though they don’t explicitly say not to follow up on your resume application, it’s pretty much a no-brainer. And the worst thing you could do, is a follow-up call. No, it is not increasing your chances-it is just annoying. It is like you are begging them for work- okay maybe you are, but I am sure there are better ways to do it subtly that rather than the dreaded phone call.

For example, you can search around LinkedIn to find any mutual connections that could introduce you or even put in a good word for you. You can even seek out a recruiter at job fairs- just make sure not to stalk them too much.

I know, you might be really impatient to secure that dream job, but remember that most companies have specific recruiting processes in place and can’t just pick up the phone and get back to you as soon as they get your application. Make sure to avoid that irritating follow-up call at all costs.

Some would say that recruiters are irrational and that they are too easily annoyed. But these three little habits annoy the heck out of all hiring managers. Even if you don’t agree with them, would it hurt to avoid them?

If you recognize the above habits, don’t worry about your previous interviews. Just be aware of them so the next time, you can ace it!

Are you aware of any other bad habits? Let us know in the comments section below.