Deal Breakers for Hiring Managers
Prepare, Prepare, Prepare!
This is the single biggest complaint expressed by 100% of the hiring managers surveyed. Like being late — which is itself a form of logistical unpreparedness – lack of preparation means a lot of things to a lot of different hiring managers. At its essence, it means that the candidate is not ready for the responsibilities of this job. Lack of preparation can mean that you are not dressed appropriately. If you come to a finance interview in gym clothes you are unprepared. If you come to an interview without fresh copies of your resume, you are unprepared. If you come to an interview unaware of what the company does, you are unprepared. If you come to an interview without researching the competitive space and market position of your potential employer, you are unprepared.
The best way to avoid unpreparedness is simple. Research, research, research. Find out the history of the company, find out about the team that built the company. Find out about the culture of the company, the accomplishments and the sensitivities of the company. Find out about everything that you possibly can, so, when you are asked —“Why exactly do you want to work here?” You’ll have 20 good reasons that you actually know, believe, and can articulate.