Thursday, July 19, 2007

Ways to turn off employers..

Five Ways to Turn Off Employers

By Tag and Catherine Goulet,

Are you high maintenance? Do your friends tease you about being a "diva"? Is one of your favorite phrases "enough about you, let’s talk about me"?

If you answered "no," check out the following behaviors, compiled from bad moves of dozens of real-life job seekers, for ways guaranteed to make a negative impression on employers. Behave like this and you won’t be getting a job offer anytime soon.

Turn Off No. 1: Get More Information Before Applying

Before you apply for a job, make sure you're not wasting your time going after a position that's beneath you.

When you see an ad for a job that looks interesting, phone the employer and demand to speak with the person in charge of hiring. Once you have that person on the phone (if necessary, keep phoning until they agree to take your call), grill them about the job.

Get answers to questions such as:

How much does it pay?

How much vacation time will I get?

How big will my office be?

Finish by insisting that they fax or e-mail the job description to you.

Turn Off No. 2: Create a Cover Letter That’s All About You

Start your cover letter with a strong statement such as, "This is the type of position I've been looking for."

Then go on to explain what you want in a job. For example, "I am searching for a financially rewarding position where I can gain experience and pursue my interests." Add that you see the job as a steppingstone to something better.

Even if they haven't asked for salary expectations, tell them the minimum amount they'll need to pay you "with benefits."

Better yet, don't waste your valuable time writing a cover letter when anyone can see from your résumé how lucky he or she would be to have you.

Turn Off No. 3: Show Them Who’s Boss During the Interview

Arrive late so you can avoid sitting around waiting for the interviewer.

During the interview, ask intelligent questions like "What does this company do?" When the interviewer describes what they do, respond: "Hiring me will help you people achieve some real success."

Explain how nothing they have been doing until this point has been particularly effective, which is why you'd never heard of them before you saw the ad for the job.

If asked what you could do for them, answer with vague generalizations.

Interrupt the interviewer repeatedly. If they try to say something while you're making a point, ignore them and keep talking loudly because it really isn't important what they say; what is important is that you get your point across.

Keep your cell phone on in case someone calls you during the interview with a better offer.

Turn Off No. 4: Follow-Up Repeatedly After the Interview

After the interview, contact the hiring manager and say you want feedback about how you did so they can reassure you that you did a great job.

If the interviewer is reluctant to talk, pressure them to give you information. Contact them repeatedly if necessary. This information could be helpful to you in future job searches.

Moreover, if you don't like what the hiring manager has to say, you can argue that their assessment of you is wrong. If you argue strongly enough, maybe you can convince him or her to hire you.

If the employer offers the job to someone else, insist he or she tells you why you didn’t receive an offer. Then demand to speak to the company president to try to convince him to veto the decision and give you the job.

Turn Off No. 5: Keep Communicating Until They Get a Restraining Order

Phone and e-mail repeatedly for any reason:

to find out more about the job

to ask for help filling out the online application form

to ask if they received your application

to ask what to wear to the interview

to ask for feedback after the interview

to find out if they received the thank you notes you sent

to find out when they'll be making a decision

to demand an explanation for why they didn't hire you, etc.

If you don't get the first job you apply for, apply for every other job that opens up in the company that might be remotely related to anything you have ever had an interest in.

In all your communications with the employer, talk at length about yourself and how you feel.

In short, these tactics will make an impression on an employer, but probably not the kind you want to make! Check out the other articles at this website for advice on how to make a positive impression on employers.

Tag and Catherine Goulet, the Dream Career Experts, are co-CEOs of, a leading publisher of career guides offering step-by-step advice for breaking into a variety of dream careers. Visit

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