How to Scare a Recruiter in 10 days

By Kandis Rodgers | Office of Career Planning

In the spirit of ghouls and things that go bump in the night (and the movie How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days), here are 10 sure-fire ways to send a recruiter running for the nearest exit.

Day 1: Ask for a job during a networking event

Remember that the goal of networking is to build connections with other people. You might meet people that could help in your job search, but asking for a job is inappropriate.

Day 2: Don’t proofread your emails or application materials

There is nothing worse than receiving an email with a bunch of misspellings or an incorrect name. Your email, resume and cover letter are all parts of your personal marketing. They give an inside look into the work that you would do for the company.

Day 3: Lie on a resume

Always be truthful on your resume. If you weren’t active in a club, then perhaps not list it. If it is something you have to stretch the truth on, then leave it off.

Job interview gone wrong

Day 4: Do not research the company before an interview

You have the world at your hands with the internet and LinkedIn. Use them. Doing your research about the company before your interview or even a career fair shows your enthusiasm for the company. Also, it is a great way for you to do your own homework to see if it is a good fit for you.

Day 5: Talk negatively about your previous employer

When your hope-to-be employer hears you speaking negatively about the previous company you worked at or old colleagues, they automatically assume you will do the same about them.

Day 6: Forget your manners

Remember that professionalism goes a long way. While you may think that alcohol served at networking events means it is okay to drink as much as you would like, it doesn’t. Keep it to a two drink max. Also keep in mind that you are always being interviewed.

Day 7: Overshare in an interview

Your interviewer does not need to know how your Aunt Jenny won the chili cook-off and took all her winnings to fly to Aruba. Find a balance between allowing interviewers to see your personal side and sticking to conversation topics related to the position you are applying for.

Day 8: Don’t ask questions at the end of an interview

One of the worst mistakes made during an interview is not asking any questions. There is no way that you will know everything about the company so show your interest and curiosity.

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Day 9: Ask about salary, vacation time, and how to get promoted during your interview

Never ask about these things during an interview. While they may be something that is extremely important to you (and I would get why), it also gives off the sense that these things are all you care about. By saving these topics to a more appropriate time such as during the offer stage or once you are at the company for a while, you show that you are interested in the company.

Day 10: Be a pest

While you may be trying to show your genuine interest in a position or a new networking friend, constantly calling or emailing can actually push others away.

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