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    Exclamation Resume and Interview Red Flags

    What are some ways candidates guarantee that they will NOT be hired, especially for a job in self-storage?
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    Chomping on gum with vigor, like a cow chewing its cud; the young gal who is digging in her purse for her nail file says; "Like I can you know, like answer the phone if it rings, but like I'd basically just be sitting here like you know talking to my boyfriend and like stuff like that right?"

    The customer who walks in and says "Are you hiring? You've got such an easy job. I could sit here all day too. I could watch movies on that big monitor up there too."

    Nope and he** no! You are not getting a job working for me.
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    Most recent reject I had came in smelling like rum, asking if I was hiring and didn't know what a resume was. Everytime I start to feel negatively toward my PT help, I just look at the resumes of candidates I didn't pick. Reminds me that it could have been MUCH worse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcarlisle View Post
    What are some ways candidates guarantee that they will NOT be hired, especially for a job in self-storage?
    The ENTIRE time they are filling out application, they are answering their cell phone & chatting away like they were at home.

    Or they have bed head....flip flops and yes, think all they have to do is sit at the desk and look up when someone comes in!!!

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    When the applicant does not complete the ENTIRE application.
    Last edited by shaekirk; 7th April 2010 at 12:51 PM. Reason: applicant do?
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    I have interviewed and hired many employees in my day. Experience has told me that first impressions are very accurate, I mean VERY ACCURATE. The kiss of death with me is:

    1. Bad mouthing a previous employee or co-worker.
    2. Dressing for the interview like they are spending the day at the flea market.
    3. Wearing their bluetooth during the interview.
    4. Making no attempt to learn anything about self storage before the interview.
    5. Asking about health insurance within the first three minutes of the interview.
    6. Asking if we have high speed internet service.
    7. Telling me that they hate anniversary dates because, after all, everyone knows that first of the month due dates are the better way to go.
    8. Explaining that they left their previous self storage employer because they did everything wrong and they couldn't take it any longer.
    9. Saying "I wish I had my DOS version of ?????", the only software package they know and have ever used.
    10. Telling me that they cannot sweep and clean storage spaces because of their bad back or allergies.

    Of course, this is only a partial list...........

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    --a resume with grammatical errors
    --showing up for an interview with company..friends, children, spouses, etc.
    --not turning off cell phones, of course
    --getting no response when asking "what questions do you have for me?"
    --getting answers to those questions about things like time off, holidays, vacation policy, etc
    --numerous visible tattoos and/or piercings, moreso the latter. I realize these have become fairly commonplace, but most people with tattoos generally know to keep them covered in a professional setting. However, the bar through the eyebrow, ring through the nose or lip, and 18 earrings somehow escape their notice.

    here's what a lot of folks don't get: as much of an interview is determining whom to weed out as it is deciding whom to speak with further. Some people make it way too easy for the interviewer to eliminate them.

 

 
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