Top 10 Scariest Things You Can Do During the Hiring Process

Top 10 Scariest Things You Can Do During the Hiring Process
From Recruiter - October 31, 2016

Attention job candidates: If you missed your chance to get a costume this year, dont worryyou dont need one to be scary. Hiring managers see a lot of frightening things on resumes, applications, and even their office doors during the hiring process. Candidates need to know what those terrifying behaviors are in order to avoid them.

In all seriousness, the recruitment process is one of immense integrity and professionalism. However, there are a number of subtle actions candidates might take that can seriously conflict with those values. Here are ten scary candidate situations that will, without question, frighten any hiring manger away:

1. Ghosts: Being Too Transparent During the Job Interview

Candidates can sometimes be too transparent about their past job challenges and personal lives during interviews. It comes across as exceedingly unprofessional if you start telling your interviewer about your recent breakup, car issues, or a personal conflict you had in your last role. It can also put the interviewer in a pretty uncomfortable situation. While there is a personal aspect to every business relationship, you dont want to bring it on full throttle inthe very first interview.

2. Vampires: Stalking Your Preythe Hiring Manager

Its great to take an interest in the person who has the power to bring you on board with a company. However, engaging with personal social media accounts is a different level and might come across as fairly creepy. Similarly, if youre in the midst of the interview process, dont inundate the people making hiring decisions with unsolicited emails or communication except around next steps. While follow-up is important, its more important to not scare people away with too much of it.

3. Zombies: Playing the Lazy Card

If you ever need to wake up, its during an interview. Many candidates play it too cool during the hiring process, and believe it or not, that can actually be a scary thing to witness on the hiring side. Does that laid-back approach reflect the type of work habits people can expect from you? Thats a serious question any hiring manager will ask themselvesabout candidates who appear to be dead. Being energetic and engaging and asking questions is a sure-fire way toprove youre no zombie.

4. Magicians: Playing Tricks Is a Risky Business

Out of this hat, the hiring manager pullsa bad candidate? Untruths and tricks are major red flags to any hiring manager. Be upfront about everything during the interview. Dont mess around with things like start date availability, compensation expectations, etc. Youlloften have to interview with more than just one person for an open position, which is why its important to make sure that youre relaying the same information to everyone you come into contact with during the hiring process. Eyebrows will be raised if the hiring team is getting mixed messagesfrom you.

5. Spiders: Spinning a Web of Lies

Perhaps the scariest thing any candidate can do is lie on their resume. According to a HireRight survey, 88 percent of employers have found a misrepresentation or outright lie on a resume. That raises serious alarms. If you have an employment gap, just be open about it on your resume. Its never a good idea to fudge dates. Similarly, dont make up references, because hiring managers will make those calls. No matter how small the lie might be, its never okay, and it will surely get your resume kicked out of the pile.

6. Devils: Showing Your True Colors


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