As I have mentioned before part of my responsibility as the manager to screen, interview, and hire staff. I have been truly amazed at some of the encounters I have had in this process. With the economy being bad and people in real need of jobs I thought I would help some of you out.
Here is my top ten list of things you should never do when trying to land a job.
disclosure- the events and facts contained in this post are true and factual. No participant will be compensated for the use of their ignorance.
Here goes....Do not.............
1- Apply for a job on Aug 1st when you are headed out of state on Aug 12 to attend college
2-Wear a do-rag or tongue ring to the interview
3-Come with a list of weeks and weekends that you will not be available for the first two months due to your social calendar
4-Apply for a Wednesday night job, then in the interview inform me you are available all days except Wednesday
5-Park in the ten minute drop off zone
6-Have your loser boyfriend sit out in the car and wait for you
7-Answer your cell phone during the interview
8-Reply to the post before using spell check. here is an actual copy and paste from an email inquiring about the post "I apresiate your concideration"
9-Consider babysitting your little brother while mom showers "childcare experience"
10-SHOW UP LATE
Here is an actual conversation I had with my applicant just yesterday when she arrived 10 minutes late
Me- "scale of 1-10, rate your promptness"
Me- "interesting answer, did you realize you were late today?"
Me- "Care to explain?"
App- " I was having a bad day and even considered not showing at all. But then I thought better late than never and at least if I showed up you would see my ability to overcome obstacles" (that's exactly what I thought)
Me- "What was so bad about your day?"
App-"Well first I could not log into my school email and that is where the address was"
Me- "do you have GPS?"
App-"Yes, but it won't acting right"
Me- "did it occur to you to call?"
App-"Yes, but I did not want you to think I was dumb" (no we wouldn't want that)
Me- "When you realized you were late did you think to call then?"
AP- "yes, but when I did my phone died"....end scene
Let me say I am generally not such a bitch when interviewing but it just annoys the hell outta me when someone shows up to an interview late and does not even offer a reason or apology.
Oh, and heres a bonus one. Do not have an interview and get hired; then when we are working out your schedule inform me that you are scheduled to have surgery next week and will be out for two months. Are you kidding me?
OMG- Can't believe I forgot this one,,,,don't use your email address if it's email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or lovetoget laid.net...IDIOTS!
So if you are seeking employment I hope you will utilize my ten don'ts. If anyone here has hiring abilities share with me yours.