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6 Things You Should Never Do During A Job Interview, According To a Recruiter finance job interview

In this video, we cover all the ways you’re messing up in job interviews — even if you don’t realize it. Chelsea uses the best tips from a professional recruiter to make sure you don’t make these major errors in your next interview.

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  1. Of course there is a big difference between applying in your life-long field when the person hiring you has a very good idea what your previous jobs entailed and a more general position. I work in the media industry (radio station) and when I read CVs or talk to applicants, we are both on the same "page" much more than when a random applicant applies for a random job where the potential pool of applicants is much bigger.

  2. I'm having a problem at interviews. I have some historia with mental ilness resulting several gap years in my resume and I'm having trouble with how I shoukd answer when asked about what I did for that time. Any advice?

  3. Personal details such as family status and protected class should be left out. While discrimination is illegal, there may be an unconscious bias. We don’t want to know and we shouldn’t know if you’re pregnant, have kids, or are a certain age. I sat on the interview side and it was awkward to have these details shared

  4. I would add, put your self in a position of strength (being in a good job already). This will greatly help you in negotiating salary and greatly reduce the ability of the company to take advantage of you. The ability to walk away is a powerful bargaining tool. Too many people, especially women, do not assess their value properly and often undervalue themselves. If you interview for a job to make more money than your current job, you should aim for just that, make more money.

  5. I'm no HR recruiter, but I think if you've been strategically volunteering to gain experience in an area to jump to a different kind of job, it's fine to explain how you wanted to gain the skills and so did this volunteer project.

  6. The only tip on here I disagree with is the don’t talk about your experience outside of your job. If it’s relevant then it’s a an applicable skill you can use at your job. If you’ve volunteered at a blood drive and are applying for a nurse or medical research position then that experience is relevant and should be included in the conversation. The key word is ‘relevent’ planning a field trip at a school is not relevant to an events planning position but it is for a baby sitting, teaching, of childcare position. If it’s a stretch then it’s not relevant

  7. I'll also add, don't use your phone around the person interviewing you. One of my old managers would ask to walk people to the door after interviews and did not hire the people who grabbed for their phones on the way out.

  8. I found out after my first real interview that the admin assistant that was introduced to me as a secretary was actually the primary shareholder in the company. Be nice to EVERYONE

  9. hahaha, this is relatable I've done great in interviews, got fired a bunch, but sometimes I've been lead astray with interviews since some companies have to do interviews even if they already plan to fill the position with someone. The best way to get a job is actually through a recruiter before it's listed to the public. Though my current job is nice and I've had it for 2 years. I now think I wasn't so crazy before and I was actually working in toxic environments considering all of them no longer exist they either were able to sell off or they failed.

  10. I have had good luck with asking at the end of the interview if I could do anything that would help me stand out amongst the other candidates. Whether or not his may be appropriate could depend on your industry, but I did so when interviewing for my current job and while my now-manager didn't ask anything of me (I am in marketing, so it wouldn't have been out of the question to do a small sample project), he mentioned that no one had asked that and implied that my initiative was a positive mark in my interview.
    Other good questions are what the company culture is like and what they feel makes for a successful employee in the position you're vying for.

  11. I don't even interview kitchen staff anymore, I just bring them in for a 2-3 hour test shift and see how they work. I wish more companies would do this.

  12. I once got a job because I brought up something old, personal, and unrelated to the job 🙂 I brought up my first computer as a kid, that got me started towards my programming career, and the interviewer really got into that, he started with the same computer and had a lot of nostalgia for it. We connected over that, and by the end of the interview I had the job! As a programmer, there's almost always a technical portion of the interview – not in that one.

  13. I’ve seen several recruiters mention that volunteer experience is okay IF its relevant to the position you’re applying for. Yes, some volunteers just sit and sell raffle tickets at a table but I’ve also had a volunteer position where I was part of a team organizing a youth leadership conference (it targeted at-risk youth). I was responsible for training the supervisors, collecting and organizing information on allergies and dietary preferences for 200 youth, creating a menu, coordinating deliveries and soliciting donations from restaurants for a 2.5 day event as well as creating a schedule for our first aid/security team. I loved it, I learned a lot and this experience helped me get two other jobs (running charter flights for various organizations/pro sports teams and running everything outside the classroom for a language program with 600 students) despite the fact that it was “volunteer work”. You really have to weigh what skills are being used but just because you’re doing it for free doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be mentioned.

  14. It saddens me that we (the professional world as a whole) have to tell people to treat others with respect. It should be a given to treat strangers in a professional setting with respect. It should be a given to respect stranger unless given a valid reason not to – like they attack you or verbally harass you. I’ve not hired people before for disrespecting members of my staff at auditions, when honestly there is no reason to treat someone poorly who is simply checking you in. And, because he made her cry, I also had to report that to his agent, which I’m sure didn’t go over well. It really should be common knowledge, and I hate that is is not commonly practiced.

  15. I went into all my job interviews excited to talk about my news Masters degree, and the interviewers were way more interested in my customer service experience, which I had assumed would be of no interest to them. You’d be surprised what interviewers actually care about.

  16. Interesting advice, agree with most of it although being able to talk your way through an interview and being fired from most jobs sounds a bit alarming. As a recruiter I ask candidates for specific information through the STAR method, and I check references to avoid hiring people who are smooth talkers but ultimately not very succesful in their actual job.

  17. I strongly disagree with point 2: why would you want to work for a company that would discriminate you if they knew who you really are?? DO TALK about the important aspects of your personal life! If the recruiter doesn’t like it, her/his loss! The world is filled with non-discriminating companies!

  18. It's pretty hard to prove discrimination, I feel that recruiters would just say that the other person recruited had more skills/experience or whatever other excuse to cover anything up. Very much agree with treating everyone nice, I've had many occasions where supervisors ask other staff about me, not just the seniors

  19. If only I could actually get to the interview stage. I've been hired for every single job I've gotten an interview for (that I actually wanted to accept), but actually getting the interview is the most impossible task that I have ever faced.

  20. Hi, Chelsea! I'm wondering what advice you have if the interviewer insists on asking questions that don't seem related to the position. Also, what if someone doesn't have experience in the specific position (i.e. changing careers)?

  21. Can we get some tips for people who've been out of work for awhile? In my case it was due to an undiagnosed chronic illness. I was undiagnosed for five years, no work for five years, now it's going on six because of corona!! This would probably be good for peeps who've raised kids, gotten ill, had to take care of ill people, etc.

  22. You're experience in the job market is the definition of white privilege. Not being qualified for a job but being hired because you're a "good fit". This is not the experience of most African-American people. Not your fault but it's good to acknowledge and recognize it especially with everything going on today 🙂

  23. How do you handle talking about a job transition? I currently work in retail but want to transition to a more professional career but don’t want to be looked down on on for being in that job

  24. I’m so flippin tired of interviewing people. Had someone tell me “honestly none of my coworkers like me because I tell it like it is.” Wow, so why should I hire someone nobody likes?

  25. This episode puts a lot into perspective. I’m a stay at home mom and at the time that I reenter the work force I will have been for home for 9 years. I’m wondering if taking on some VA positions prior to in person positions would help with the transition.

  26. Hard agree on limiting personal life details and not just for the hiring process. As new employee in a "helping profession" my first employer took advantage of every detail shared and it caused a lot of extra stress. A few companies later, I feel like I finally have good balance of boundaries and connection.

  27. A note on point 4: while i agree you shouldn’t talk about what you did volunteering, i think it can be important to bring up why you volunteered, particularly if you did so when you already had a job. In an interview i brought it up as an example of how it motivates me to partake in work that helps others, and i got the job. (Aside: i’m still quite young and have only had 3 unskilled jobs before the interview, i of course talked about things i did in other jobs but i think if you have volunteered its always a good thing to casually bring up)

  28. I volunteered for women in STEM day and both my jobs (tutoring) that I have gotten have explicitly commented about how they liked that on my resume… I was pretty surprised bc it was years ago & I just used it as a filler lol. I guess it is relevant to the job though…

  29. I hate all the "musts" related with working in corporate. I think our generation is over all of this crap about "being professional". You be who you are and work with passion for yourself and the world. Otherwise you are not living.

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