What do Employers Hate ?

by entry
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I am starting a free ebook on
1) Interview tips
2) things employers hate,- which would immediately ruin your chances of getting a job, if they found them out about you.

I already have many for 1) (so i am doing fine), but need help for 2

For 2) i have these (These are more things that the applicant Wouldn't reveal on the interview)
-drug abuse
-Criminal records
-sacked at previous job
- please help me with a list of others?



What other dirty secrets would put a job employer off? Help me come up with more for list 2)

Like i said, 2) are not really interview based, but more dirty secrets that the applicant 'doesn't reveal on the interview, and hides from the employee.
#employers #hate
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    Hey,

    They hate employees that talk too much because they may not be able to keep secrets.
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  • employers do not like people mentioning religious beliefs or philosophy at interviews. it best to keep them to your self
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    • Profile picture of the author entry
      Originally Posted by newtoebookswriting View Post

      employers do not like people mentioning religious beliefs or philosophy at interviews. it best to keep them to your self
      What is wrong with religious beleifs?

      What puts them off that?
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        Originally Posted by entry View Post

        What is wrong with religious beleifs?

        What puts them off that?

        Depends on the work. Muslims pray on fridays, this can cut into productive time.
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          Originally Posted by stev0 View Post

          Depends on the work. Muslims pray on fridays, this can cut into productive time.
          Off topic, but that's a little misinformed. Muslims pray five times a day, every day. Not just on Fridays. They go to the mosque on Fridays.

          Sorry, carry on...
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          • Profile picture of the author cindybidar
            Another thing more and more potential employers are looking at is your credit report, and not just for those in financial-type jobs.
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            • Profile picture of the author entry
              Originally Posted by cindybidar View Post

              Another thing more and more potential employers are looking at is your credit report, and not just for those in financial-type jobs.
              Do job companies look at candidates credit reports?

              What things put them off, besides bankrupcy ?
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        Originally Posted by entry View Post

        What is wrong with religious beleifs?

        What puts them off that?
        If the workspace is homogeneous enough, it may not be a problem. Mix Christians (especially the militant ones), Jews (especially the militant ones),Muslims (especially the militant ones),etc. and you have a volatile environment.

        Even if it never came to violence, it could cause friction and a loss of productivity. Carried to an extreme, it could even create a "hostile work environment" and open the employer up to a lawsuit.

        OP - there are a lot more things nowadays that can turn off prospective employers. One that's making news lately is potentially embarrassing pictures or videos on social networks.

        Michael Phelps' career took a hit when someone posted a picture of him with his face buried in a bong.

        An American Idol contestant would have been removed from the show for wet t-shirt photos on her Myspace(?) page. She was voted off just as the scandal broke. Another was removed from the show because she had nude photos posted.

        Anything that could potentially embarrass the employer could cost an interviewee a job.
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      • Originally Posted by entry View Post

        What is wrong with religious beleifs?

        What puts them off that?

        they don't care for your religious beliefs. well thats how it works in the UK unless
        your trying to apply for a position at a mosque or a church. its multi cultural here and employers want to know if you can carry out the tasks assigned to you,not what religion you belong to.


        thats not to say they don't like people having religious beliefs. they just want you to keep it to your self. its a unspoken rule. just like the army has the "don't ask,don't tell policy" in the US regarding homosexuality
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        • Profile picture of the author Kay King
          Facebook thats a good point, i heard they check your page.

          What things on facebook would put a job employee off?
          -that you were high last week on drugs?
          -have recently been let out of 2 weeks of jail?
          -the fact that i have not shaved in my pics ?
          But aren't you the one writing the book?
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          • Profile picture of the author entry
            Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

            But aren't you the one writing the book?
            yes, but need some opinions to make a guidline skeleton of the foundation of the book, so ideas are welcome.
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            • Profile picture of the author Jeff Henshaw
              Like i said, 2) are not really interview based, but more dirty secrets that the applicant 'doesn't reveal on the interview, and hides from the employee.
              I just can't see the point of this post.

              Interview secrets - Yes. To give candidates good advice on how to perform well at an interview.

              Where does No. 2 fit? Candidates are not going to declare any of them, that's for sure and as for the employer/interviewer, surely, they should know what to look for. By the way, in the EEC and many other countries, what you can ask about criminal records, religion and much other background information, for most jobs, is restricted by law.

              You don't, from the tone of your post seem to have any in depth experience in the fields of recruitment and/or selection. Of course, I have not seen your part one - 'Interview Tips'.

              If I have got the wrong end of the stick, I apologise, but if you are producing something to give or sell to people advising them how to succeed at interviews, then please be careful that you don't do more harm than good with your endeavours.

              Just my thoughts,

              Jeff.
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  • Profile picture of the author jedediahd
    I never thought about writing an ebook on this, I have been a recruiter at 2 different fortune 500 companies, and currently run the recruiting and HR for a software company. Thanks for the idea! Here is one basic tip for you to include. Keep your resume simple, streamlined and pertinent. It's 2010, no one cares that you type 55wpm, no need to put it on a resume. Cheers!
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      I don't think employers "hate" bad interviews - it just loses the job for you.

      Complaining about your previous job/co-workers/boss (labels you a complainer)

      Giving inside info about your previous employer (not trustworthy)

      Religion, politics and personal issues - this includes claims you were the victim of discrimination (unless you have the court case to prove it).

      A facebook page full of rants or revealing photos - employers check these today.

      Lying on your application - with so many workers available for each job today, employers are checking backgrounds/criminal records/educational claims.
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  • Profile picture of the author George Curtis
    I used to have 23 employees, so I have a little experience on this. Here is a brief list:

    1) Employees that always have another excuse for being late or not being able to work (Heck, enough things do pop up any way that require time off. If you have already used up your goodwill, you get no sympathy when you actually need it.)

    2) Complainers ('nuff said).

    3) Can't-be-doners: I don't want to hear why I can't do something or more commonly why it can't be done. I want it done.

    4) Wasted time (MY time): Hate it when employees think they had to talk to me every day. I normally saw it for the ruse it actually was...calling me or IMing me to make me think they were working instead of actually working like they were supposed to.

    5) Employees that wait for an assignment to work; my favorite workers (and also more highly paid and promoted workers) would FIND stuff to do - not wait on me and use that as an excuse not to do anything important

    6) Criticizers (NEVER criticize your boss in front of other co-workers):
    "We should have done XYZ differently than we did."
    "Why are we not doing ABC like other companies do?

    Not that I don't mind constructive criticism, but not in front of other people. That is to be done privately...just like I did with employees...being respectful of their rights and feelings and giving such feedback in a private forum.

    That's all for now. Hope it helps!
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  • Profile picture of the author Gail Sober
    2) things employers hate,- which would immediately ruin your chances of getting a job, if they found them out about you
    Too much complaining

    Blaming everyone else for everything that's went wrong

    Taking all the credit for everything that's went right
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    When writing a resume, don't say

    I did typing and letter editing for the executives. I sorted and filed paperwork and operated a copy machine.

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    I assisted an executive in the company with all his paperwork needs as we brought the company from the 12th place in the local competition to the first in only one year. I helped maintain a high quality of written communication between our office and our clients. My work was instrimental in keeping the professionalism between the executive I worked for and the clients even when there was temporary friction between them.

    Accomplishments are more important that listing commonly known skills of a secretary!
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    LOL... When someone tells me they didn't have "anytime availability" (they had other obligations that prevented them from working nights and weekends).

    The application goes in the "round file".

    p.s. And they better "dress up" like they want the job and are ready to go to work today.
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    • Profile picture of the author j hogan
      poor hygiene, turn up looking well groomed, and not smelling of smoke or strong perfume, an employee is going to represent me to the public so how they look matters, no tats showing, no chipped nail polish, and clunky jewelry, no nose rings, no bare legs, it also depends on the type of job the interview is for, so dress appropriately for the position,

      have your papers organised in a folder ready to be looked at, most recent first,
      Dont bring every certfiicate from school days! , just whats relevant to the position

      be polite to the people you meet while you wait, like reception and customers, I leave people waiting a bit before interviews to see how they treat other people, if you can't be polite to my secretary and others in the waiting room then your not going to get the job,

      stay on topic, I'm not interested in your best friend or your partner or your social life, but I will be checking you out online so make sure your facebook page isn't filled with drunken pics.

      have a good handshake! women especially need to learn to shake hands and do it well

      great idea for a product, good luck with it!
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      • Profile picture of the author entry
        Originally Posted by j hogan View Post

        but I will be checking you out online so make sure your facebook page isn't filled with drunken pics.
        Facebook thats a good point, i heard they check your page.

        What things on facebook would put a job employee off?
        -that you were high last week on drugs?
        -have recently been let out of 2 weeks of jail?
        -the fact that i have not shaved in my pics ?
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      Originally Posted by DebraConrad View Post

      LOL... When someone tells me they didn't have "anytime availability" (they had other obligations that prevented them from working nights and weekends).

      The application goes in the "round file".

      p.s. And they better "dress up" like they want the job and are ready to go to work today.
      Back in the day, we liked to see 'available anytime', too. What always got me were the ones who responded to an ad that specified 'nights and weekends' and claimed they could work nights or weekends. We usually hired enough people that we could be a little flexible on which nights and/or weekends if the person looked good otherwise and had a decent reason.

      We also specified that the work involved dusty/dirty conditions (we did physical inventory for mostly retail stores, including stockrooms), and we only paid like a buck over minimum wage to start. Yet we had guys show up in three piece suits carrying briefcases, and women in full battle armor and war paint.

      We also got women who seemed to think the job description involved a bouncer and a brass pole. Most of the interviewers were male, so we usually enjoyed the show, but flirting and showing too much skin was a bad thing. Many of our clients were pretty uptight about that kind of thing, and we made the assumption, right or wrong, that someone who was trying too hard to be overtly sexy in an interview would carry that style to the job site and offend clients.

      Clean, neatly dressed, alert - these went a long way.

      Just remembered one poor guy...

      If you're male and 38, don't bring your mother to the interview with you and let her do the talking...:confused:
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  • Profile picture of the author James Foster
    Employers don't want to hear that your 5 year plan is to start your own business.

    They want to know they are hiring someone who will stay with the company for a long time.
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