Looking for a Job? Here’s How Not to Get Hired

A pair of HR consultants offer some advice to help people heading out on interviews to land that job.

Four job candidates -- two men and two women -- sit in chairs and wait for their interviews.
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“Mr. Beaver, I do the hiring for a paint and coatings company based in the South and frankly wonder if I am going insane, or if today’s job applicants think that a job interview is the same thing as Saturday night with the gang — wear what you want and don’t mind your language! You can’t imagine the people who come so unprepared for a job interview. They have little concept of how to dress professionally or act professionally — they answer questions while looking at the floor or ceiling and in general give an ‘I don’t care if I get the job’ attitude. I think it would be instructive if you looked at how not to get hired! Thanks, Theo.”

I ran Theo’s timely question by two friends of this column, senior HR consultants Marinor Ifurung and Andu Yohannes with the Southern California-based law firm Klein DeNatale Goldner. I asked them to list behaviors that can ruin your chances of getting hired.

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H. Dennis Beaver, Esq.
Attorney at Law, Author of "You and the Law"

After attending Loyola University School of Law, H. Dennis Beaver joined California's Kern County District Attorney's Office, where he established a Consumer Fraud section. He is in the general practice of law and writes a syndicated newspaper column, "You and the Law." Through his column he offers readers in need of down-to-earth advice his help free of charge. "I know it sounds corny, but I just love to be able to use my education and experience to help, simply to help. When a reader contacts me, it is a gift."