don'tOriginally written by: James Witcombe of SMAART Recruitment
Link to original article is found here.

At last count there seemed to be about 500,000 articles on LinkedIn offering advice to candidates on the “do’s and dont’s” of applying for a job and interviewing. Most are very sanitised and don’t address the little things candidates can do that really put recruiters and employers off.

Here are some “not so obvious” dozen candidate behaviours that really put my colleagues and I off.

Having your partner/friend/parent calling up about a vacancy. “I noticed you have a job online and I think it might be suited to my husband”. That’s great, get him to call me instead. I know you mean well but having someone enquiry on your behalf gives a terrible first impression.

Not having an active voicemail/voicemail is full.
There is no excuse. If you don’t normally have voicemail on your phone turned on, then make sure you do turn it on when job hunting. Clear out your old voicemails regularly. Otherwise when you then return my call saying “I missed a call from this number but I’m not sure who it was from or what it is about?” you look foolish.

Calling me Sir/Madam. I am not a lady boy. I always include my name on any advertisements and if you can’t workout that is a male then you aren’t intelligent enough for any of the roles I am recruiting for.

Using a juvenile email addresses. Last week we received an application from a candidate using sperm@….. as his email address. Other favourites included naughty.emo@… Sexylegs1992@… and beerbongwinner@…

Having “Jan 2009 – present” listed on your resume when you actually left the role 3 months ago. If you left in March and I interview you in June there is no excuse to have not updated your resume. If its inaccurate I’m suspicious and if I’m suspicious it won’t help your application.

Applying from interstate, but not addressing this on your cover letter/resume. If you are applying from Western Australia for my role in Melbourne I need to know more – availability to interview, arrangements for moving to Melbourne and timeframes. Show me you are legit about moving to Melbourne.

Arriving at interview far too early. You need to plan to arrive for your interview with plenty of time to spare. However asking for me at reception 40 minutes before the interview is an error in judgement. You don’t do it in business and your shouldn’t for an interview. Instead spend the time in your car reading through your resume, the PD and industry websites.

Arriving at interview with a half consumed takeaway coffee. While we have built rapport on the phone, we don’t know each other that well yet and this is not a social visit. Arriving with a coffee cup covered in lipstick is poor form (and will mean you have stale coffee breath). However arriving with 2 hot coffees (one for me) is another story and will get favourable response.

Bringing a friend/partner to the interview. I’m not interviewing your friend/partner/mother so send them to the café around the corner and tell them to wait for you there. With many open plan offices these days it makes things awkward having a stranger sit there for an hour with nothing to do .

Not completing all of the paperwork. I didn’t give you paperwork to complete just for fun – I need you to fill out each and every question. If you aren’t sure about something just ask – leaving 4 questions blank for no reason is frustrating.

Reluctant to provide payroll or tax information. “I’m not comfortable providing you with these details yet” so says the candidate very staunchly. Why? What do you think I am going to do with them? You are here for an interview. It’s for a temp role where I will be paying you. You have created the impression you will be a difficult employee from the get go.

Not replying to me quickly and effectively. If I’ve left you a voicemail, text or sent you an email I expect a reply quickly (within 24 hours max). I’m trying to help you get a better job and career – don’t make me have to chase you.

To show I’m not just a grumpy recruiter, next week I’ll give you my dozen tips for Candidate Behaviour That I Really Like.

What candidate behaviour (that’s not so obvious) puts you off?

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