In today’s crowded job market, you can’t afford to present anything less than your best. When applying and interviewing for jobs, it’s up to you to come across as professional and capable — that’s what will make a lasting impression on the hiring manager or recruiter. Let’s look at five ways to say “I’m unprofessional” so you know what not to do in your next interview.
There’s no quicker way to tell a recruiter or hiring manager you’re unprofessional than by showing up to your interview late. That sends the message you can’t be bothered to invest in the interview, much less the job. If you can’t show up to your interview on time, what reason does the hiring manager have to think you’ll show up for work when you’re supposed to?
The hiring manager expects you’ve researched the company and are familiar with the position you’re applying for — if you appear to be “winging it,” there’s little chance you’ll make it to the next round. Come prepared with a thorough knowledge of the company and position, as well as questions for the hiring manager.
You don’t have to be dressed to the nines for every job interview you go on, and what you wear to the interview will depend on the company culture. However, never arrive at an interview underdressed. It’s a surefire way to tell the interviewer you’re inexperienced and unprofessional! If you’re unsure how fancy you should dress for an interview, play it safe — always dress up rather than down. You can also ask the hiring manager or recruiter about the dress code.
Your Resume and Cover Letter Contain Errors
If you have typos or other errors in your resume or cover letter, it sends the message you’re not careful and you rush through things without checking them, which aren’t good qualities for a job seeker. Proofread your resume and cover letter multiple times to ensure they’re completely error-free.
You Don’t Follow Up
Unless the interviewer or recruiter tells you specifically not to follow up after your interview, do so — even a quick email thanking them for your interview will suffice. It shows you are truly interested in the position, and it helps keep you at the top of the interviewer’s mind.
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