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Is anything worse than uploading your resume to an online job portal, then being asked to manually type all the information it contains? As it turns out, yes, there is–job hunting is full of pet peeves.
As layoffs are surging, an increase in job hunting is the reality for many Americans. Unfortunately, the system of applying for a new job is hardly seamless, even when you do it all online. From hard-to-navigate online job portals to being ghosted by an employer, many jobseekers have job-hunting pet peeves that make the process difficult.
To see what people find the most annoying, JobSage surveyed 1,200 employed Americans on the most prickly peeves.
· “Rockstar” is the most annoying buzzword employers use, followed by “ninja” and “guru.”
· Lack of salary information annoys job seekers most.
· “Fast-paced environment” is a red flag for those worried about being overworked.
· 51% say online job applications take too long.
· At the interview stage employers’ biggest pet peeves include bad dress/grooming and unfocused answers.
· Misspellings and grammatical errors annoy employers most.
Additionally, video calls are common during the interview process, and there are some behaviors to avoid. At the interview stage, being inappropriately groomed or dressed and giving unfocused answers to questions can seriously hurt your chances of getting a job. Be sure to not talk negatively about former employers or forget to research the company beforehand. Hiring managers don’t want you to be too overly flattering either.
When interviewing over Zoom, take care to not get distracted by something else on the screen or watch yourself through the camera. Don’t wear pajamas or other unprofessional clothing or take your phone or laptop on a walk during the interview. And if you expect to have to screen share, be sure to brush up on your skills, as unprofessional screen sharing is a pretty big pet peeve.
In conclusion, there is room for improvement at each stage of the interview process and will help you authentically connect. JobSage’s pet peeves report is meant to help inform both employees and employers to improve their first impressions and processes, creating a better experience for all involved.