The job interview is perhaps the most important part of the hiring process, as it can make or break your ability to fill the role. But there are a few deal breakers hiring managers want candidates to know.
According to a new study by Paychex, there are several “off-putting” interviewee behaviors that can take someone out of the running for a job. The survey, which included data from over 200 hiring managers, found that their biggest pet peeve at 62% was “lack of interview preparation.”
“Lack of preparation and tardiness were the two most detrimental to an applicant’s chance of being hired,” Paychex HR coach Rachel Sweeney told CNBC Make It. “Do your research before the interview. Learn some ideas about the company you’re interviewing for and prepare questions in advance to ask the hiring manager.”
Based on the survey, these are the top 10 interviewing favorites for hiring managers:
- Lack of preparation for the interview (62%)
- Arriving late to the interview (61%)
- Poor listening skills (56%)
- Speaking negatively about a former employer or colleagues (42%)
- Inappropriate language (38%)
- Bragging (36%)
- Overconfidence (33%)
- Lack of asking questions (33%)
- wandering (30%)
- Lack of eye contact (25%)
Although overconfidence is lower on the list, Sweeney says it’s still a huge deal breaker for some hiring managers. She advises candidates to instead take the opportunity to be real.
“Instead of telling hiring managers what you want to do, show them your accomplishments by providing examples. Also, embrace the “weakness” issue. It’s an opportunity to show your authentic self.”
Sweeney also suggests that job seekers take the time to work on making good eye contact.
“Eye contact is an important part of communication, especially when it comes to an interview. Making eye contact before you speak, holding your gaze for 4 to 5 seconds at a time, and using gestures are some of the tips interviewees can use to ensure you don’t miss eye contact when it matters most. important,” she offers.
“Also, practice beforehand. Use a site or program where you can record yourself and rehearse your interview answers. When you watch your recording, pay attention to your eye contact, gestures, tone and speed.”
There are also some candidate characteristics that hiring managers consider “very important,” according to the survey. Ninety percent of hiring managers are interested in a candidate’s skills. Compatibility with a team (79%), personality (70%) and professional appearance (52%) are also desired characteristics.
Paychex explains that “professional appearance” may be more flexible now that many workplaces have changed their culture due to the pandemic.
“This information comes amid a societal shift toward a more inclusive definition of what it means to look professional,” Paychex’s HR team said in the report. “Furthermore, remote working has also greatly influenced our concept of a professional appearance. With so many people working out of their personal living spaces, a more casual style has become accepted in workplaces across the country.”
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