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Job Searching? Don't Do This

  • By Emily Co, POPSUGAR Smart Living
  • August 21, 2014

6. When you don't include links for easy reference. Hiring managers will appreciate the little details that make the process easier for them. One hiring manager advises, "If you mention your portfolio, a website, or your social media profiles, make it easy for me to view them! I want to read more about you and see what you can do, but I'm not going to spend time digging for it myself if you don't include."

7. When you don't follow up after an interview. This seems like an obvious step, but a lot of people don't follow up after an interview. At the very least, says one hiring manager, send a quick one-line thank you, although a thoughtful follow-up referencing something from your discussion is very much preferred. Here is a good template for the follow-up email.

8. When you make up an answer. You may be startled by an unexpected question, but don't resort to making up an answer. First of all, your interviewer can probably tell, and secondly, she will not be impressed. Take some time to think before crafting your answer, and read these steps on what to do when you're stumped by a question.

9. When you are too casual. You may get along with the hiring manager, but remember that you should always still be professional even if the company culture seems casual. "Keep emails professional and always include greetings and sign-offs, not just one-liners sent from your phone, and present yourself as poised and confident but not overly familiar in your interview," advises one hiring manager.

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