5 Things That Scare Away Hiring Managers

Trying to get a job? Here’s what recruiters say they hate to see from applicants.


Bullhorn Reach, a platform for hiring managers, has a new survey on what hurts job candidates…

Thirty percent of recruiters noted that their biggest turnoff was candidates who apply to irrelevant jobs (jobs for which they are clearly unqualified), with 43 percent of respondents indicating that they would go so far as to “blacklist” such candidates and suppress their names from resume searches.

The additional top four negative candidate behaviors were:

  • Exaggerating qualifications on their resume – 21 percent of recruiters say it’s a big pet peeve
  • Focusing on salary above all other job factors – 15 percent don’t want to work with candidates who think that salary is the most important factor in a new job
  • Responding to a job posting that is way beyond their level of experience – 13 percent of recruiters indicate these unrealistic applications waste their time
  • Calling/emailing more than once a week for status updates – 11 percent do not want to hear from candidates that often, unless actively discussing a specific opportunity

The survey included 1,500 recruiters and hiring managers. More details are in their cute Halloween-themed infographic below…

Stacy Johnson

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