Hiring Pet Peeves

The following are the top seven pet peeves of hiring authorities:

  1. Job Seeker is Not Prepared – Hiring authorities expect job seekers to conduct research prior to an interview. In fact, they expect you to conduct research prior to submitting your resume. Inadequate knowledge could result in you being screened out.
  2. Job Seeker is Not Dressed Properly – Hiring authorities will assume that the best they will ever see you dressed is at your interview. (It is always best not to wear too much perfume/cologne and to avoid smoking prior to an interview.)
  3. Job Seeker is Negative or Appears Frustrated or Depressed – It is never a good idea to say anything that can be interpreted as negative, especially about past employers. Think of when you felt best about yourself and that is the person who needs to go on the interview.
  4. Job Seeker just Restates Their Resume – They want you to focus on what you were better at than someone who held the same job before you. They want to hear about your accomplishments and the positive impact they had on your past employers.
  5. Job Seekers Do Not Understand the Employer’s Priorities – The Hiring Authority will often provide clues if you listen carefully to the questions they ask. If you do not know what is most important to them, ask that question during your interview.
  6. Lack of Enthusiasm, Interest or Energy – Most employers react positively to job seekers who show a high level of confidence and interest level in working for their company.
  7. Questions are Self-Serving – Your questions must reveal what is most important to the hiring authority vs. questions that are self-serving. Job seekers who focus primarily on the benefits, vacation days, bonuses or incentives are almost always eliminated from consideration.

Knowing the top pet peeves of hiring authorities will better prepare you for future conversations and interviews.

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  • Allison Sullivan was amazing! 

    She found my resume online and reached out to me. I had been in the market looking for the right next step in my career for several months and had been receiving calls daily from different recruiters so I didn’t expect anything magical to occur overnight. Allison called me, we chatted quickly about my work experience and she advised me she thought I’d be perfect for a client she was working with….and literally the next day I got a call for an interview with the client. The day after the interview, I was immediately offered a position consulting on insurance claim management. Allison was checking in with me each step of the way and made the transition from unemployed to working at a career I’m excited about in no time at all! I cannot thank her and Patrice & Associates enough for all their help!  

    ~ Shane Laughran

    Allison Sullivan was amazing!
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    She was kind, informative, and very encouraging during the process of applying, interviewing, and finally accepting the position once it was offered to me. I have worked with several recruiters before and Liz was the most friendly and professional at the same time. She made me feel comfortable and also made me feel confident during the interview process. After only a few weeks, I now consider Liz a friend and would certainly recommend her to anyone who is in the looking in the labor market. Thank you Liz, I appreciate you as a person and a professional.

    ~Brent

    I am very thankful for Liz Costa
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    I am truly excited to start this new journey at this restaurant. I can honestly say I don't think I would have been able to pull this off without Jonathan Litt's help. He was more than professional but at the same time he was authentic and explained everything I needed to do to make things work. He definitely set me up for success. My confidence level wasn't what it used to be, but with his help he made me believe in myself. He encouraged me and believed in me as well. I will never forget his efforts. My appreciation for his work and dedication will always be remembered. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for allowing me to be a part of this process. I am forever grateful.

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    Jonathan Litt set me up for success!
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    Very helpful and professional! Goes out of his way for people!          

    Thank you for all you do!

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    I love it at my new career and picture my future here. Rick was awesome in helping me choose where I need to be and how I had to get there. It took a lot of interviews and me turning jobs down because it wasn’t a fit for me. At my new career I’m in the right place!  

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