College is on of the most stressful times of our lives, even more stressful without a job. You’ve applied, they’ve called back, you’ve interviewed, they’ve said they’ll call back…What’s next?!
Too many of us get to this point and begin to ruin our chances of even getting a call back. Well, The Hype Girls are here to help! We’ve got the scoop from “the other side”! That’s right! We’ve got tips on what NOT to do after an interview, and what things a lot of us are doing that are eliminating us from being a potential hire.
Calling Human Resources and saying, “I applied a couple days/weeks/months ago and I just wanted to check on the status of my application”. This is any human resources department’s most asked and most hated question. Do NOT call in and say those words, because more than likely they will not even remember who you are once they get off the phone with you. A lot of HR (Human Resources) departments, get an average of fifty calls a day from individuals “just checking on the status of their application” and to tell you the truth, there’s no such thing as a “status”. Most companies will tell you that if you haven’t heard anything back, your application is being reviewed. Other than that, there’s really nothing more they can say.
Having someone else call the company you applied for a position at. Unfortunately, this happens all too often. Do not have your friends, cousin, mother, father, sister, girlfriend, wife, husband, etc. call in to inquire about a job you have applied for. By law, Human Resources can only release information to the individual that applied anyways. This is one of the top disqualifying factors that throws you out of the running as a potential candidate. They figure, if you can’t even pick up a phone to call for a job that you want, than you probably won’t want to do the job you’re assigned to do, as well.
Sending in story books instead of a resume’! A resume’ should be no more than three pages, and even then you’re pushing it. No hiring manager wants to read through tons of pages of your jobs since freshman year of high school! Highlight the most crucial positions you’ve held and anything else that’s a stand out factor. Jobs do not want to know about how you used to work for your uncle at his ice cream shop, they just want to see if you have any type of experience that will help you succeed in the position they’re hiring for.
Calling over and over…and over. Almost all companies have caller ID. Do not call every five minutes! This is one of the most annoying things for an employer and one of the top disqualifying factors that you probably didn’t even know about. Call and leave a voicemail. When you call over and over and over, the individual that is hiring is losing interest every single time you call. They figure, if you’re this annoying and you haven’t even been hired yet, you’re probably going to be impossible to work with. We all understand that you want the job, and the difficulty everyone is having finding one, but calling back to back is just ruining your chances of getting that job.
Saying someone gave you a call back, when they really didn’t. This is every Human Resources Rep’s biggest pet peeve. Calling Human Resources and telling them that you received a call from someone at the company stating that you were hired and just called “to see what the next step was” is the worst thing you can do. The HR rep will immediately go to the hiring department, investigate, and if they deny any contact with you, you have eliminated yourself as a potential candidate. Just think of it this way, no company wants to hire a liar.
Keep these facts in mind, and you’ll be on your way to finding your dream job!
**These tips were provided by a professional Human Resources Representative.