As a leading staffing agency in Houston, Clayton Services interviews a lot of candidates. Let's face it, we all have some bad habits. However, an interview is not the time or place to display any of your bad habits. It's a time and a place to portray the best possible version of yourself. Next time you go to an interview, remember to avoid these 5 bad interview habits:
1. Slouching in your chair
Sit up straight! Not only does slouching promote poor posture but it also makes you look disinterested. Body language can be read differently by each interviewer. So to ensure that your body language looks positive to everyone be sure to sit up straight.
2. Limit saying, 'um' or 'like'
We are all guilty of doing this. Try to limit the number of times you say, 'um' and/or 'like', in between your sentences. This will help you look more prepared, professional and knowledgeable.
3. Don't tap your feet/legs
Some of us have nervous ticks. Do your best to avoid nervously tapping any part of your body during an interview. This can be very distracting to the person interviewing you. Avoiding caffeine, large amounts of sugar and focusing on your breathing the day of your interview can help calm your nerves.
4. Silence your cellphone
Make sure your cellphone is on silent before you arrive at the interviewer's office. Also, do not ever answer a call or text during an interview! If it's an emergency, simply excuse yourself from the room and take care of your business.
5. Bad eye contact
Eye contact is one of the most important things during an interview. Staring into space or at the ground can only hurt your chances during an interview. Good eye contact lets the interviewer know that you are confident and eager to learn about the opportunity being presented to you.
Avoiding these 5 bad interview habits during your next interview will greatly improve your chances of landing the job you've been looking for!
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As one of the best staffing agencies in Houston, Clayton employees and candidates enjoy the knowledge that they are working with a company who has an outstanding reputation for working with qualified professionals. Our clients hire us to help them find top talent to join their company, therefore, our standards are high. When choosing candidates to represent Clayton, we look for the following characteristics.
1. The Resume
We look for a well formatted resume free of typos and grammatical errors that easily provides a cohesive summary of your skills, abilities and accomplishments. If a resume is not attached to your profile when you apply, we cannot start a dialog with you.
We look for candidates that have a good understanding of their experience and skills demonstrated by the fact that they apply to jobs on our website that they are truly qualified for.
3. Long Term Potential
We look for candidates who demonstrate long term potential through commitment and longevity. Employee turnover is expensive for our clients. We want to identify candidates who have the potential to contribute, learn and grow with a company.
4. Stability & Commitment
We look at job tenure. While having several jobs in a short time period is not necessarily viewed as a negative, it is imperative that you be able to articulate your reasons for moving around so much.
Are you steadily advancing in your career path, taking on higher levels of responsibility or does there always seem to be a problem with your new job, boss, co-workers, etc.?
Advancement opportunities, multiple lay-offs, change in company ownership and failed endeavors (company bankruptcies), etc. are all legitimate reasons for changing jobs but can cause us and our clients concerns when viewing a resume.
5. Strong Work Ethic
We look for candidates who not only work hard, but smart. Motivated and driven candidates go above and beyond what is asked of them and look for ways to complete their required tasks in the most efficient ways. They don’t waste valuable company time attending to personal issues not related to the job. Employees with a strong work ethic are loyal and work hard to do the best they can in their position and often think of ways to improve their work and be more efficient. An employee, who possesses these traits, has a greater chance of being considered for more challenging positions when opportunities arise.
We look for candidates who are adaptable and flexible, open to change and improvement when working in an ever changing workplace. Adaptability also means being a team player and adapting to the personality and work habits of co-workers and supervisors. Adaptable candidates recognize that each person possesses their own set or strengths and adapting personal behaviors to accommodate others is part of what it takes to work effectively as a team.
7. Honesty and Integrity
We look for honesty and integrity that highlights a candidate’s judgment and character. Individuals who show integrity in the workplace not only understand right from wrong but they practice it in all they do. This is beneficial in a business environment where trustworthy actions set the foundation for successful business relationships.
8. Enthusiasm and Passion
We look for candidates who are enthusiastic, passionate team players who get along well with others and give 100% to their job. People who love the work they do often stay at companies longer than people who work only for the sake of a paycheck.
9. Dependability and Responsiveness
We look for candidates who do what they say they will do, including showing up for their interview with us and/or our clients, completing their skills assessments, providing references and employment documentation, in addition to staying in contact with us, returning our calls and honoring their commitments. This trait is also a key indicator of how they will interact with our clients. Our clients value employees who come to work on time, are there when they are supposed to be, and are responsible for their actions and behavior.
We look for candidates who are professionally dressed and well-groomed even if they are working in a business casual environment. Professionals look, speak, and dress accordingly to maintain an image of someone who takes pride in their behavior and appearance. Professionals complete projects as soon as possible and avoid letting uncompleted projects pile up. Professionals complete high quality work and are detail oriented. Professional behavior includes all of the behavior above in addition to providing a positive role model for others. Professionals are enthusiastic about their work and optimistic about the organization and its future.
Do you possess these top 10 characteristics? If so, please apply today!
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