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Top 9 Bad Habits That Cost Me That Dream Job

10 February 2017 Blog


Getting a new job can be challenging, going through the process from Job searching, to the selection process, interviews and resumption. Business Insider cam up with over 20 bad habits that could cost you this dream job, and I have carefully selected the 10 unlikely ones.

I got these from research, following a personal experience of loosing some dream jobs, they would be helpful, whether it is a new or an old job.

Being sloppy

Your résumé is your first contact with HR or recruiters, Rosalinda Oropeza Randall, an etiquette and civility expert and the author of “Don’t Burp in the Boardroom,” tells Business Insider. And typos, grammar mistakes, and formatting issues will land it in the “no” pile within a few seconds.

“If your résumé is sloppy, they’ll assume you are, too,” she says.

Not doing your homework

“Employers take note of candidates that are educated on the responsibilities of the job opening in question and on the company itself,” Rosemary Haefner, chief human-resources officer for CareerBuilder, tells Business Insider. “This demonstrates that you made the decision to apply for the job after considering the facts, rather than out of desperation.”

Trying too hard to garner attention

If you want your résumé to stand out, for instance, “let it be because of its content and format,” Randall says. “Using colored paper, a multitude of fonts, or even including confetti with your résumé will attract attention, but not the right kind.”

Skipping breakfast

As Lisa De Fazio, a healthy-lifestyle expert and registered dietitian, tells Business Insider, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

By the time you wake up you likely haven’t eaten for 10 or 12 hours, which is where breakfast got its name — it means “breaking the fast,” De Fazio says.

When blood-sugar levels are low, she explains, it’s much harder to focus and you’re more likely to feel tired, irritable, and impatient, all of which make it impossible to do your best during an interview.

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Smoking and drinking

Never smoke anything before a job interview, says Vicky Oliver, author of “301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions.”

“Your interviewer will smell it on you,” she says. “If she’s a smoker, she may not mind, but most interviewers gave up the nicotine habit.”

Drinking before the interview is also a bad idea. While alcohol can help calm nerves, it does so by dulling the senses, Oliver says, and you run the risk of not sounding intelligent.

Poor grooming and hygiene

Water shortage or not, if there’s one occasion you really want to shower for, it’s a job interview.

“Do you want people focusing on the musty odor that surrounds you or your brilliant words?” Randall asks. “Lack of effort in your appearance can be construed as potentially lacking effort in your work and work area.”

Being late

Frequent tardiness is a common bad habit, but do whatever you can to avoid showing up late to the interview.

It will tell the hiring manager that you are irresponsible, aren’t taking this process seriously, and don’t respect their time. And this is not the first impression you want to make.

Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early. If you find yourself running way ahead of schedule, TopResume‘s career expert, Amanda Augustine, and Business Insider’s director of talent, Stephanie Fogle, suggest killing time by ducking into a coffee shop or walking around the neighborhood

Why? Showing up too early isn’t great, either. It can be frustrating for the hiring manager, as your early arrival could throw a curveball into their schedule.

Texting when bored

It’s a good idea to arrive a little early to your interview, but be careful not to let boredom get the best of you.

Texting while you wait will make you look as if you would rather be elsewhere, Oliver says.

Most waiting areas have magazines, Randall says, and if you see a company brochure, even better. Reading that will reflect your interest in the company.

Grooming in public

Oliver says it’s a good idea to pack a small grooming kit for a quick touch-up before an interview. But rather than apply lipstick or brush your hair in the reception area, you should arrive a few minutes before the interview starts, duck into the restroom, and complete your final grooming before the interview.


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