When people evaluate you for a job, they look at your resume and LinkedIn profile, interview you, maybe test you, and check your references. However, and you might not think about this, they also observe your behavior throughout their process.
Take a look at the top 10 attributes of awesome job candidates:
Your Behavior Makes You Awesome – Or Not
Recruiters, receptionists, administrative assistants, interviewers, and hiring managers form opinions about what type of co-worker you would be by how you behave during the selection process. Their radar is on from start to finish – every person who would work with you.
They have to assume this is the best behavior they’re ever going to see from you. If it isn’t good enough, then you won’t get a job offer.
What Matters Most
Beyond your qualifications, the lists below show the best ways for you to be likable, and avoid being disliked, during the selection process.
Your future co-workers will be more inclined to like you when:
1. You show a healthy interest in the job.
2. You’re straightforward about your compensation requirements.
3. You’re easy to communicate with and schedule, you’re polite, and you’ve done some homework.
Beyond that, if your former managers and other reference-providers talk about you with genuine warmth, then your future colleagues will feel confident that they will like you too.
Some common missteps that can bother your future co-workers enough for them to shut your candidacy down include:
1. Playing cat and mouse games about compensation. I’ve never seen this behavior get anyone more money than they would have gotten by being direct. I have seen it eliminate people from further consideration.
2. Being difficult to contact and schedule (beyond the constraints of your current job).
3. Making anyone involved in the process feel like one of the “little people.” There are no little people.
4. Using more than one reference-provider who doesn’t care about you or for you. Many companies will require you to list former managers. It’s rarely a problem if there’s one sub-optimal relationship on the list. However, if the overall feeling is that your reference-providers don’t like you and can’t be bothered to take a call about you, then you’re in trouble.
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If you can check all, or most, of the boxes on the list below, then you will be well on your way to getting a job offer.
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