Blog Picture

Classic Candidate Mistakes

by Carl Booth
Date: Oct 2017
Last week, Recruitment Grapevine revealed what an Apple recruiter thought the two biggest candidate mistakes were. (Yes, the tech giant does more than just roll out new, high-price phones.) Chief People Officer at the firm, Rachel Bitte, noted how she thought that the worst candidates are rude to non-interviewing staff and aren’t interested in asking questions about the role. Pretty big no nos. Yet, many well-meaning and less recalcitrant candidates make a multitude of mistakes that are a lot less obvious to see. Whilst a lot of these mistakes are committed as a result of nerves, it doesn’t make it any easier for the hiring client, or recruiters, to see past them. Take a look below for the most common mistakes. 1. Your candidate is making paper-based mistakes Speaking to Huffington Post, Kimberly Reed, Managing Partner and CEO of Reed Development Group explained that the cover letter and CV should be “clear, concise and results focused”. However, a recent Adzuna study found that, in Australia at least, two-thirds of jobseekers are ruining their chances due to sloppy spelling. Simple mistakes are indicative of a candidate who hasn’t left enough time to properly plan their activities. To avoid this, advise your candidate to attend CV-writing workshops, get a second pair of eyes on the CV and leave enough time to apply for desired positions before the deadline. 2. Time, time, time. Again, speaking to the Huffington Post, Katie Smith, a SpareFoot recruiter explained: “Being late is disrespectful and will gain you no points in terms of getting the job… This is an instant red flag to any hiring manager that you are not the most dependable candidate in the pool.” To help your candidate avoid this pitfall, help them plan routes, and advise them to turn up with enough time to make introductions and get themselves a water or coffee if needed. Advise your candidate to take down numbers for the required people, if there is a problem, the client will be impressed that they were planning ahead. 3. They’ve applied for a position they weren’t suitable for Whilst the best recruiters will mitigate candidate expectations, the occasional jobseeker will be adamant they’re the right fit for the job. It might not even be that they’re under-qualified, it could be that they’re not going to be the right culture fit. So, your job is to get the candidate to realise what type of person they are whilst revealing what the company they want to work for is like. Being transparent and using behavioural testing can help here. 4. They love jargon Management speak, corporate buzzwords and specific jargon make it look like you’re trying too hard because you’re struggling to find actual things to say. Omar Molad, CEO and Founder of Vervoe, a recruitment software company, advises that it makes you look like “you’re trying to look smarter than you are.” Get your candidate to drop this bad habit and speak about projects, real achievements and general proficiencies – rather than specific coding styles and specialised systems. Chances are it will be lost on the hirer. 5. They failed to research the firm they’re interviewing at A recent Robert Half blog post made it clear failure to research is almost inexcusable in the internet age. It read: “You don’t want the reason you didn’t get the job to be because of something easily avoidable. Today, there’s no excuse for not being prepared for an interview. Start by reviewing the company website, and really dig into the content. Companies often provide profiles of their key executives, which you should read carefully. Look for the company’s press releases, too, where you may find information that doesn’t show up anywhere else.” So, if you need help improving your performance at interview then give us a call on 0121 585 6079 or email c.booth@swindaleparks.co.uk to find out how we can help. Reference: https://www.recruitmentgrapevine.com/article/series-article-2017-09-13-5-of-the-most-common-candidate-mistakes-and-how-to-fix-them-1
Team Talk
On Oct 2018
On Aug 2018
On Jul 2018
On Apr 2018
On Feb 2018
On Jan 2018
On Jan 2018
On Oct 2017
Highlight Your Virtues! by Alison Adkins
On Sep 2017
Graduate Recruitment 2017 by Alison Adkins
On Jul 2017
On Jun 2017
Avoid Recruitment Fails by Alison Adkins
On Jun 2017
CVs Extinct in 5 Years? by Alison Adkins
On May 2017
On Apr 2017
On Jan 2017
On Jan 2017
On Nov 2016
On Nov 2016
How to Handle a Job Offer by Alison Adkins
On Oct 2016
Receiving a Counter-Offer by Alison Adkins
On Oct 2016
On Sep 2016
On Sep 2016
Social Media Advice by Alison Adkins
On Aug 2016
Best Interview Question by Alison Adkins
On Aug 2016
On Jul 2016
London is Less Flexible by Alison Hawkins
On Apr 2016
We're Hiring! by Alison Hawkins
On Feb 2016
Fed up of Commuting? by Alison Hawkins
On Feb 2016
New Year, New You! by Alison Hawkins
On Jan 2016
Christmas Competition by Alison Hawkins
On Dec 2015
Company Branding by Alison Hawkins
On Oct 2015
On Jun 2015
On Nov 2014
Telephone Screening by Alison Hawkins
On Oct 2014
Selecting Candidates by Alison Hawkins
On Oct 2014
On Sep 2014
On Jan 2014
On Jul 2013
On Jan 2013
On May 2012
On Mar 2012
On Dec 2010
On Dec 2010
On Nov 2010
On Nov 2010
On Oct 2010
On Oct 2010
On Oct 2010
On Oct 2010
On Sep 2010
On Sep 2010
On Aug 2010
Adios Amigo! by Carl & Pete
On Jul 2010
Redimo...... by Carl
On May 2010
On Mar 2010
On Feb 2010
On Feb 2010
Mince Pie Overdose by Carl Booth
On Jan 2010
On Dec 2009
On Nov 2009
On Nov 2009
On Oct 2009
On Oct 2009
10:10 by Guy
On Sep 2009
On Aug 2009
On Aug 2009
On Jul 2009
On Jun 2009
On May 2009
On Mar 2009
On Mar 2009
On Feb 2009
On Jan 2009
On Dec 2008
On Dec 2008
On Dec 2008
On Nov 2008
On Nov 2008
On Oct 2008
On Oct 2008
On Sep 2008
On Sep 2008
On Sep 2008
On Aug 2008
On Jul 2008
On Jul 2008
On Jul 2008
On Jun 2008
On Jun 2008
On Jun 2008
On May 2008
On May 2008
On May 2008
On May 2008
On Apr 2008
On Apr 2008
On Mar 2008
On Mar 2008
On Jan 2008
On Jan 2008
On Jan 2008
On Dec 2007
On Nov 2007
On Nov 2007
On Oct 2007
On Sep 2007
On Aug 2007
On Aug 2007
On Jul 2007
On Jul 2007
On Jul 2007
On Jun 2007
On May 2007
On May 2007
On May 2007
On May 2007
On Apr 2007
On Apr 2007
On Jan 2007
On Jan 2007
On Jan 2007
View the archive