Yes, I have changed my name to Glenn Gamble since that’s my pen name now. Anyway, I wanted to touch upon some simple tips on how to be a better job candidate during these tough economic times. Just giving you my insight as a recruiter for the past half-year and letting you know the most common mistakes to avoid when you’ve been granted a job interview.
1) Do not ask the recruiter how much the job pays, EVER!
You’ll be surprised how many people call for a preliminary telephone interview and the first question the candidate asks is “how much this job pays?” Every time I hear this question I cringe and become instantly irritated. The nerve of you to ask me this question especially in this economic climate where there’s hundreds of people in your area ready to move your indignant self out the way to clear their path to a new career. Not to mention that it makes you appear to be a potential employee who would leave our job during the training session just to pursue a job that’s paying only $ .50 more per hour. You simply look foolish when you ask this question. It is your job to do your own homework before applying for the job to get an idea as to how much the position you’re looking to apply for pays, NOT ours. There is never a need to ask what the position pays because the recruiter will tell you if he or she is considering you as a potential hire.
2) Never say “I’ll take anything.”
Just like you don’t want a girlfriend who’ll have anyonee, I don’t want an employee who’ll take anything. It shows me that you could care less about performing well at my company as long as it provides you a paycheck. It also shows me that you don’t know anything about my company yet you expect me to hire you and pay you $25 per hour. Next!
3) Never say “what does your company do?”
You’re simply a moron if you ask any recruiter this question during any part of the recruitment process. Why the fuck are you applying if you don’t know what we do?
4) Never set up a date and time for an interview that you can’t make.
If you can’t make to the interview due to a scheduling conflict, you better make sure that you go to the interview 15 minutes early anyway. Does it occur to you that we’re in the midst of a recession? Just because our company allows you to reschedule doesn’t mean that the position will be available by the time you come in for your rescheduled time. Unless your child is in the emergency room, there is no good reason to cancel an interview date.
5) Always drive to the interview site a day before your interview.
A few days ago, a candidate called me and told me that he needed to reschedule his interview because he couldn’t find the facility due to receiving “bad directions.” Even if that were the case, bad directions are no excuse for arriving late to your interview. I asked him “how long ago did you and (recruiter) set up your interview appointment?” Uh.. about a week ago. “And it didn’t occur to you to make a test drive to the facility so you’ll know where it is?” No, because the directions seemed simple. “Well, it appears to me that you had a week to find our facilty… there’s nothing I can do for you. Good luck in 6 months!” I had another woman tell me in a similar scenario that she needed to let me know that she’ll be late because she got lost and that she needed me to get more experience and professionalism before getting hired for an construction recruitment agency jobs which is really good but needs these kinds of experience for the working in corporate and to walk her through how to get to my company from where she was. I asked, “wouldn’t it have made more sense for you to have made a test drive out here so that you would know where you’re going right now.” No, it wouldn’t have because I don’t have gas money like that to be driving around looking for yall cump-puny! “Oh, I understand now, since you didn’t have the gas money you weren’t resourceful enough to borrow $10 from a family member or friend for gas you would have needed to take a test drive out here. If you don’t have money to get out here for one day, it looks like you won’t be able to make it to work everyday anyway. Good luck to you in your job search! (click)”