Are Your Personal Characteristics Hurting Your Job Search?

Are Your Personal Characteristics Hurting Your Job Search?

You’ve applied to what seems like a hundred jobs, gone to dozens of interviews and still no job offers. What gives?

As one of today’s leading staffing agencies, Peoplelink knows it could be certain personal characteristics that are holding you back; ones that hiring managers see immediately and, as a result of, don’t want to give your candidacy a second look.

So if the following traits sound familiar, you’ve got some work to do to prepare for your next interview:

You’re not open to change. 

In today’s fast paced global economy, flexibility is an absolute must. You must be agile and willing to adapt to new market forces and changing practices.

If you’re not – and you’re sending the message to a hiring manager that you’re stubborn, stuck in your ways, and that there’s only one way to do things – then they’re not going to want to bring you on board.

You’re over confident.

Sure, you have a strong background and track record. But if you come across as arrogant, rather than confident, then you’re going to leave behind a bad impression. Some signs of arrogance include:

  • Strutting into the room
  • Dropping names out of context
  • Making condescending statements about past co-workers
  • Interrupting the hiring manager
  • Being a one-upper

It’s ok to promote your accomplishments and background in a job interview. Just remember there is a difference between confidence and arrogance. Confident people don’t blast others and act rudely.

You’re always late.

Being late to a job interview is typically a deal breaker. So if you know you’re always running late, then give yourself plenty of time to get to the interview. It’s better to arrive ridiculously early to the interview and have to hang out in your car for a while, then to arrive even a couple minutes late.

You’re not involved.

No, you don’t have to be a social butterfly in order to land a job opportunity. But you do need to show that you are interested and involved in learning, growing and advancing your career.

So if a hiring manager asks about what industry publications you read, organizations you belong to, or community activities you participate in, and your answer is “none,” you’re in trouble. Aim to get active and get involved, even if it’s just in one or two areas.

Need more job interview help? Whether you need assistance securing job interviews or preparing for them, let Peoplelink know. As one of today’s leading staffing agencies, we will listen to your needs, find out about your career goals, and do our best to help you get where you want to be.

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