As many of you may know, Robin Story, our Membership Coordinator recently announced her resignation to pursue a management opportunity. During her tenure, Robin excelled as a member of our Chamber team, and she will be greatly missed. As we undergo the hiring process, I felt compelled to share my top 5 interviewing pet peeves. I feel certain that most interviewers would agree to some extent. Therefore, if you are currently looking for a job, here is a bit of advice for what it’s worth.
Pet Peeve # 5 – Being a Know-It-All. Humility goes a long way in a job interview. While you definitely want to appear bright and capable, don’t let your confidence (or lack thereof) push you into being a know-it-all. You do not have to pretend be an expert in all things and you do not have to recite long essays to each interview questions. Point out your strengths and embrace your weaknesses. Ultimately, the job should be a good fit for both parties.
Pet Peeve # 4 – Seeming Desperate. As an employer, we realize when the job market is tough. We know by the number of resumes on our desk and the quality of candidates applying for a job. Still, we are looking for the best candidate to represent our organization. We want to hire someone who not only wants a job, but wants the job we have to offer. Never seem desperate or mention how hard it is to find work.
Pet Peeve # 3 – Not Having Done Your Homework. No reasonable employer would ever expect you to know everything possible about a company you are interviewing with, but you should be somewhat familiar with their product or service, their leadership/employees, and their mission statement. Interjecting a comment that assures an interviewer that you have done your research is a big plus!
Pet Peeve # 2 – Having Someone Else Do All The Work. If YOU want the job, YOU have to seek the job. Do not rely on a parent or spouse to apply for you. An employer will want to meet you personally and know that you are a serious candidate, not that your mother or spouse simply wants you out of the house!
Pet Peeve # 1 – Not Dressing The Part. This is a huge no-no! Always, always, always dress professionally if you are seeking a professional job. Whether you are dropping off a resume or showing up for an interview, you must always dress the part to be taken seriously.
To all those looking for employment, I wish you nothing but the best. The job search process is not an easy one, but your diligence will pay off. Once you convince yourself that you are a worthy and capable employee, you will portray that confidence to your potential employer. Chamber members are encouraged to post job openings on our Chamber website at www.VisitBlairsvilleGA.com. If I can be of assistance to you, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.