Slang or too casual conversation is a no-no. Keep it professional. Try to avoid saying: "You guys". When you get too personal, or offer too much information, you knock yourself out of the process.
Let me make it clear that you should never show up too early for the interview.
How early is Too Early? I say anything more than ten minutes is too early.
You want to show that you can be on time, but an hour early is way too early.
At an hour early, everyone is wondering who you are and why you are still sitting there.
Buzz is happening in the office, the receptionist gets nervous.
You are wasting time, which may be a Red Flag in itself to the hiring manager.
You are also not being respectful of your hiring manager's time.
Be respectful. Show up ten, fifteen minutes early MAX. Anything more looks like you have nothing better to do..
When someone looks at your resume, the last thing that they should notice are misspellings, incorrect grammar, and disorganization in your resume such as weird dates, (how can you work a job from 2007 until 2006)?
Be cautious when putting dates, check for accuracy.
Check for misspellings. We all mis-type words, show you care enough to go back and correct issues in your resume.
Add Grammarly for Chrome, it's free.
The quality of your work will be judged by the quality of your resume first! Make sure it's perfect before hitting SEND.
Get ready to find out the real reason you were passed up for someone else. When you commit a Big Red Flag, you may as well plant a white flag next to it, because, my friend, you have probably knocked yourself out of the interview process.
A Big Red Flag is another way of saying that we should be cautious in proceeding. While you are here, please note that this website has been in action since 2009 and the corresponding speckled-blog has been offering some tips, but this blog will be specific to Big Red Flags in your job search.
When you say something in an interview to a recruiter that they do not like, this, to them, is a Big Red Flag. You most likely not move forward in the interview process and they will often send you a regret letter or never reach out to you again.
In this ongoing Big Red Flag list that I will add to frequently, I will give reasons for you to be concerned when interviewing. I will also provide BIG RED FLAGS to keep your eye on in the interview process AND I will tell you what Big Red Flags recruiters look for in the interview.
To avoid this unpleasantness, I will share with you common Big Red Flags. Folks, these may seem trivial to you, but to a recruiter, it is common sense and part of their job to spot these tiny mistakes.
After reading these Big Red Flags to avoid, you may recognize that you too have said some of these things, when you really meant to say something else that better explained your situation. Successful interviewing requires successful communication.
Though you may have seen my posts about Big Red Flags in the past, here is your first Big Red Flag planted right here in home soil on our new blog.
Read and enjoy.