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Veena Kedar Naik is in the process of expanding her team. Her day to day tasks include reviewing  job applications, sorting, interviewing, and more.

She, along with many Hiring Managers found the hiring process difficult and messy.

So she went on writing a series named “I’m hiring!” where she her thoughts and experiences.

It’s completely normal to have a mismatch in expectations between you and the employer. But to what extent? There are some minimum expectations every employer/hiring manager has. Failing to meet these truly frustrate the recruiters.

Here are 5 deadly mistakes a candidate must avoid:

  1. No show for the interview
    Why would you not show up for the interview after agreeing to a time that suits you? Not showing up for an interview is not only unprofessional but also disrespectful. For any reason, if you won’t be able to make it to the interview, inform beforehand. That’s the right courtesy.
  2. Being late
    Nothing screams “sloppiness” like being late to an interview. The whole point of this meeting is to prove that you are an efficient candidate. How to avoid being late? Log in earlier and check your internet connection, mic, speaker, joining link, etc. Doing all this in the waiting room doesn’t hurt anyone, and your reputation remains unharmed.
  3. Update your profiles
    Your application, your social media profiles, your resume. Update these. Giving half or incomplete information can result in boundless confusion. If you stopped working at a company and your LinkedIn still says “2019-present”, this won’t radiate your impression as “reliable”.
  4. Not reading the job description
    Most responsible recruiters put much thought into building a clear and real job description. Watching a candidate not having a clue of the job description is a big NO for any recruiter. Devote some time on reading and understanding the job description well. This will help you a lot in the interview.
  5. Not researching about the company
    Imaging sitting in an interview, and the recruiter says “ye post about this on our YouTube channel”. If your next response is “Oh, you have a YouTube channel?”, then you’re doing something terribly wrong. Research the company. Know what type of business they are in, what are the things they believe in and works they do. Doing this homework will help you know the most valuable thing you can provide.

An excerpt from the blog:

The best candidates always perform at least basic research about the company and ask relevant questions that help them feel confident about joining the company. Extra marks for being smart.

Read the full post here

Veena Kedar Naik is a Content Head, and Hiring Manager. But she’s also a technology enthusiast, mother, traveller and explorer.