If you’re embarking on a new job search, you probably know that you shouldn’t spell the recruiter or hiring manager’s name wrong in your cover letter, or show up late for your job interview. But for every obvious measure you take to give your job candidacy a boost, you could be making some mistakes you didn’t even consider.
DeLynn Senna, executive director of Robert Half Finance & Accounting, has seen many applicants falter, and she shared some of the biggest blunders most people don’t think about with CareerCo. Don’t let these mistakes mess up your job hunt:
Not taking adequate time to prepare.
If you’ve ever been on an interview, you know that you’ll be asked why you want to work for the company. “Your response should demonstrate that you have researched the organization prior to the interview and believe the job is a good match for your skills. It can be obvious to a potential employer when you haven’t done your homework,” says Senna.
Focusing on the faux pas.
If you make a misstep during the interview, you have to let it go. If you’re lucky, your interviewer might not have even noticed, says Senna. “If not, correct or address the error as quickly as possible and keep moving forward.”
Coming across as high maintenance.
You have to practice demonstrating your goals for professional growth and career advancement without sounding like you’re close minded or difficult. For the inevitable “where you see yourself in five years?” question, employers are hoping to get a sense of your drive and ambition, but also that you’re a team player who is open to new opportunities as they arise, says Senna.
Focusing on the negatives.
Even if you worked for a terrible boss in a previous position, complaining about it won’t bode well for you. “Job seekers should talk about what they took away from a challenging experience, versus their frustrations,” recommends Senna.
Forgetting to check-in with referrals.
Speak to your references prior to providing their names and contact information to a potential employer. The last thing you want is for your reference to be caught off guard. Make sure he or she is comfortable speaking on your behalf, and give a heads up on who will be contacting them, says Senna. Afterward, send a thank-you, and keep them posted on your progress.
If you’re guilty of any of the above, not to worry — they each have an easy fix that you can apply going forward.
Now that you won’t be making any of these mistakes, get started on your job search!