Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Breaking News: Companies Still Hate Lazy Job Applicants

"Do you have any questions about the company?"

If you're a job applicant sitting in front of a hiring manager who asks you this question, then you'd better have a few good questions ready to go.

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Nearly 40% of managers in a new Accountemps survey say the biggest mistake job applicants are making is not knowing anything about the company. Job applicants are walking into interviews without even glancing at the company's PR-contrived "about us" page or searching for helpful articles on Google! They're winging it, and then crashing and burning.

When they're put on the spot, these job applicants ask either really stupid questions -- like asking a service company what products it makes or asking a large, multinational firm if this is its only office -- or they say the worst thing humanly possible: "No, I don't have any questions." Ugh! The only question for the hiring manager at this point is how soon to wrap it up and escort this lazy, disinterested applicant back to the front desk. We'll, um, let you know. Nice meeting you. Goodbye.

Hey, it's hard to soar with the eagles when you're busy laying eggs in the job interview.

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