5 things recruiters hate

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5 things recruiters hate

By the time you’ve finished this article you will know for sure, which things to avoid when you are applying for a job. The following irritations come from a real life recruiter, who has a lot of experience with applicants – and has seen some pretty shocking things in his recruitment career.

So read carefully through this 5 things recruiters hate the most:


Rude, aggressive or overly personal candidates

Always stay professional: Some recruiters have special tactics to see the proficiency of the applicant – So it doesn’t matter if the recruiter is making a bad joke about your shoes or if they’re critical of your shy voice – it’s you, who is applying for the job and who has to prove your business personality, and those situations should be taken as a opportunity for you to learn.

An inappropriate CV

This is a huge topic – the CV. Don’t use an inappropriate or weird e-mail address like DJChillazZ@gmail.com. Don’t write something on your resume that you can’t 100% back up afterwards and don’t mention every technical thing you ever heard of. This will not help you to get invited to an interview and the recruiter will not be impressed after reading your CV. So just try put your real name in your e-mail address.

Acting like you are famous

This won’t work during a phone call or an interview. Recruiters don’t care how many influential connections you have got or how amazing you are. Many people make this mistake by trying to overcompensate for their nervousness by seeming extra confident. Better you impress the recruiter with your knowledge and your natural attitude instead of acting too cool.

No response after contacting a candidate

Once they are interested in a candidate, recruiters spend a long time reading through CVs and trying to choose the right candidate. So naturally, it can be very annoying if you have finally selected an applicant and he doesn’t respond. So if you apply for a job try to check your e-mails or phone calls regularly. If you are not reachable on a certain time – mention it before and do the recruiter a favour and let them know if you’re not interested in the positon.

OR – Even worse: Going through the interview and the whole process and then dropping out at the last minute.

Turning up late to a job interview

Ok – Sometimes these things can happen, but you better have a better excuse than, you couldn’t find the building or you missed the bus. Make sure that you check the location of the company and how long it takes you to reach it the day before – and arrive early enough to know exactly where you are going before you actually need to go inside. If you are unavoidably late then send a short message to let them know.