Job interviews can be quite the balancing act. You want to answer questions thoughtfully and showcase your skills and suitability for a role, all while looking polished and not tripping over your feet as you enter/leave the room.
What makes the experience all the more daunting is the fact you have no way of telling what your prospective boss is thinking while this is going on. Are they judging you for wearing flat shoes? Did they notice you just used the word “great” twice in one sentence, or that you exaggerated just a little bit in the ‘Skills’ section of your resume?
Unless you're a mind reader, you have no answers — but a recent Reddit thread gives some insight into the prejudices some employers hold against job candidates. Some of them are perfectly reasonable. Others? A little perplexing. Here are 17 of them.
1. Your email address
"If I see '@hotmail.com' anywhere on their resume, I expect them to be stupid." — William_Harzia
"Who in their right mind would send in their resume from their current work e-mail? Are you at work right now, using your employer's time to apply to jobs? What if I want to extend an offer, but you've left the position and no longer have access to your work e-mail? Just... why?" — musicalrapture
2. Being late
"Tardiness. I'm blown away by people who do not show up on time for interviews, I had a friend who did that and he couldn't understand why he couldn't get a job." -eDgAR-
"Telling me about how badly you need this job because of all the problems you have will get your application thrown in the trash. Sorry, but people with baggage tend to cause problems in the workplace and have a high turnover rate." — pinkiepieisbestpony
4. Bagging out your old boss
"If you outright talk shit on your employer or just bitch about your previous job, I won't hire you. Generally, the people that do this struggle with authority or dealing with co workers." — Alienthere
Watch: Mia Freedman on dealing with criticism from former employees. (Post continues after video.)
5. Resume faux pas
"Resumes over two pages long. Stupid or sexual personal email addresses. Multiple jobs in a short period of time." — QueenGila
"People whose name on their application is all lowercase instead of being capitalised has a considerably lower chance of getting hired. It is as trivial as that."
6. Your Facebook profile
"Having a public Facebook page with ghetto/racist/idiotic posts." — I_think_things
7. How you speak
"If you speak or write like an idiot you won't be hired." — mezolithico