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Avoid Your Own Interview Horror Story

Bonny Calfy | October 29, 2015

Looking for a new career is a scary endeavor. There are nerve-wracking interviews, frightening cover letters, resume typos and the constant fear you’ll never get hired.

Not to worry; we’ve compiled six tips to help avoid common mistakes made by job seekers!

Don’t spook your recruiter; double-check your job application for accuracy.

Studies show that 61% of recruiters will dismiss a resume just for typos, and an unprofessional email address will get a resume rejected 76% of the time. You don’t need to be haunted by minor slip-ups, especially when they’re easily avoided. Those few extra minutes spent ensuring the accuracy of your application could really pay off.

Be honest when searching for a new career because dishonesty could follow you to your next job.

Resume Inflation found that 11% of candidates don’t tell the truth about why they left their last job. Most interviewers understand that a candidate who complains about their past employer or manager will soon say the same thing about their future boss. Don’t give them the creeps with ugly stories; instead focus on the positives, such as how you made a choice to pursue new skills or went in search of opportunities for advancement.

Being frightened after an interview is a waste of time. Be patient; you’ll get the call about your dream career.

The average interview lasts 40 minutes but receiving the company’s final decision can take anywhere between 24 hours to two weeks, according to Interview Success Formula. If you don’t hear back right away, don’t panic! Finding your dream job takes time, but we promise it will be worth it.

Voice your strengths during an interview.

Scared of shouting your skills from the rooftops? Don’t be! Another survey from Interview Success Formula revealed 36% of employers are looking for multitasking, 31% look for initiative and 21% are looking for creative thinkers. Highlight your achievements, but be sure to discuss the abilities that made those achievements possible or you won’t have a ghost of a chance! Skills can be taught, but how you use those skills will set you apart.

Don’t let the number of applicants intimidate you.

The average corporate job post attracts 250 resumes, but only one or two percent make it to the interview process. Don’t let that scare you off! Somebody is definitely being interviewed, and you’ve taken every step to get into that select, top-of-the-resume-pile group. If you don’t make this one, keep refining your process and building your skills and you’ll be sitting in front of an interviewer in no time.

Apply early!

BeHiring found most open positions receive their first resume within 200 seconds of the initial posting. Having a daily routine to thoroughly run searches and check for new postings is a great way to make sure you apply promptly for the position that will change everything.

Don’t be haunted by a job application that got less than your best. Apply to Paycom and take a shot at a scary-good interview for an exciting new position today!

About the author
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Bonny Calfy
As Paycom’s recruitment marketing supervisor, Bonny Calfy writes about human capital management, company culture, talent acquisition, career advice and more. Her brand awareness efforts at Paycom have included launching the Paycom Careers blog and social media channels and producing several recruiting videos, all to help attract top talent nationwide. Outside of work, Bonny enjoys reading, fishing and spending time with her family.