Don't Annoy the HR Manager: Avoid These Common Pet Peeves

Don't Annoy the HR Manager: Avoid These Common Pet Peeves
From Recruiter - November 2, 2016

Searching for a job can be exhausting. Applying and interviewing require nerves of steel, impeccable social skills, and the ability to think on your feet. Having the human resources manager as your ally can go a long way in reducing your stress.

The HR manager will likely be the first person to read resumes and recommend who should get an interview. They also may have a big influence on the final decision. Getting this important gatekeeper on your side will keep you one step ahead of your competition. A good way to start is by steering clear of some their common pet peeves:

Bad Spelling and Grammar

Almost every job description includes excellent communication skills as a requirement. If your communications with the HR manager include spelling or grammatical errors, youre shooting yourself in the foot. Even small mistakes can torpedo your chances. Spell check is a start, but its not infallible. Proofread your resume, cover letter, and every email several times. If possible, have someone else to check them all, too.

Unprofessional Social Media Conduct

Clean up or lock down your social media accounts before you start applying for jobs. HR managers now routinely check the accounts of prospective employees, and there are any number of red flags that could ruin your chances with the company.

Its not just scandalous spring break photos that cause problems. Things like venting about a previous workplace or boss, edgy memes, or even strongly expressed opinions can work against you. Scrub anything on social media that might raise eyebrowsor make your accounts private. Also, check your LinkedIn profile. An unprofessional or unflattering photograph there is a sure way to annoy an HR manager.

Rushing to Define Title and Salary

Its important to know what you want out of a position, but HR managers say bringing up compensation too early in an interview signals a lack of genuine interest in the position. The hiring team wants to know youre interested in the job itself, not just in what youll take home each pay period.


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