After a recent interview with one of my clients, I received some disappointing feedback about a candidate. Despite my efforts to prepare the candidate, he disregarded my guidance and did not research the company prior to the interview. So, when my client asked the candidate what he knew about them, he had nothing to say and—even worse—showed no interest in learning about them. Consequently, my client rejected the candidate despite the fact that his skills and background were exactly what they needed. The candidate sabotaged himself with his arrogance and disinterest.
When I shared this with a recruiting partner, he told me a similar story about one of his clients. Same situation—the candidate had the exact credentials, experience, and skills the client was seeking. During his interview, the candidate demonstrated the same degree of arrogance and entitlement. Following the interview, the hiring manager called my friend and said, “We’ve been searching for a very long time to find a candidate with his exact skills and experience, but please don’t send me any more @$$ho!e$.” I must admit that’s pretty blunt, but it certainly gets the message across, doesn't it?
So, the next time you have an interview scheduled, remember to wear your ‘charm suit’, demonstrate your interest by researching the company, and most of all—be humble!