In the article, “10 Things You Do that Turn an Interviewer Off” from U.S. News and World report, hiring managers and recruiters were asked what types of behaviors could keep them from hiring candidates after an interview.  Below we have listed just a few of these behaviors that you might not even realize you are doing!

Not Being Prepared

Diane Gottsman, national etiquette expert says, “A candidate walking in with a cellphone in hand and checking it throughout the interview. Another indicator is when they arrive late and say they got caught in traffic. It shows they didn’t do their homework. And not asking questions. A candidate who shows up ill-prepared without questions sends the message they are not very interested or have not put much effort into preparation for the interview.”

 Not Paying Attention to Details

Martin Yate, author of “Knock ’em Dead Social Networking: For Job Search and Professional Success” says, “I always want to see the heels of a candidate’s shoes – most people drive and have scuffed right heels – not polishing shoes shows a lack of attention to detail and self-respect. Also cleanliness, because it is a signal of self-worth. And the follow-up email/letter – because it is written in relative haste and is a more accurate demonstration of written communication skills and further demonstrates a degree of understanding for the job’s challenges.”

Asking the Wrong Questions at the Wrong Time

Katie Burke, spokeswoman for the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based marketing platform HubSpot says, “Asking too many questions about money or title too early. HubSpot is getting bigger, but we are still a startup. Everyone from our C-suite on down does whatever it takes for our company to succeed. If you’re so concerned about what your title is before you even start, you’re likely not willing to roll up your sleeves when the going gets tough.”

Being Elitist

Alexandra Levit, author of “Blind Spots: The 10 Business Myths You Can’t Afford to Believe” says, “I am immediately put off if the candidate is rude or abrupt to administrative staff or other junior-level folks. That is a sign of their true character and also of things to come.”

Being Negative

Jaime Klein, founder of Inspire Human Resources, a New York-based HR consulting firm says, “We spend more time at work than at home with family and friends. Therefore, we need to enjoy our time at the office. We screen out negative candidates who speak disparagingly about former organizations, colleagues or leaders. Negativity is contagious – like a cold. Positive thinking is contagious, too, so we encourage clients to hire talent who bring a positive outlook to their work environment.”

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