If you or someone you know has been on an extended job search, repeatedly going through unsuccessful application processes, a recent poll by the Society for Human Resource Management might shed some light on why.
According to the survey of 498 recruiting professionals at mostly midsize and large companies, candidates exhibit some appalling behavior during job interviews -- often appalling enough to cost the job seeker the position within minutes.
It's true that, in the scheme of things, the interview holds less weight than other components of the hiring process. Specifically, when asked to choose what makes a candidate stand out positively to employers, only 8 percent indicated very good performance during the interview. By contrast, the top two qualities chosen by hiring managers were skills directly applicable to the job (56 percent) and a good fit for the organization or team (42 percent).
Yet the interview is also the part of the hiring process during which so many of these more weighty factors reveal themselves (or not). Moreover, the interview is also the step where a candidacy can come to a grinding halt. While many recruiters may take considerable time deciding on the right candidate, they're far more decisive about which applicants they don't want. The SHRM poll found 30 percent of hiring managers decide not to hire someone after 15 minutes. Another 28 percent decide not to hire after just 5 minutes.
It may seem these employers are jumping the gun -- until you see the poll results. Following, in descending order, are the top behaviors that will prevent you from further consideration for a position.