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Negative Impressions Made on Employers

  • Poor personal appearance
  • Overbearing, overaggressive, conceited, “superiority complex” and “know it all”
  • Inability to express yourself clearly; poor voice, diction, grammar
  • Lack of planning for career; no purpose and goal
  • Lack of interest and enthusiasm; passive, indifferent
  • Lack of confidence and poise; nervousness, ill at ease
  • Failure to participate in activities
  • Overemphasis on money; interest only in best dollar offer
  • Poor scholastic record
  • Unwilling to start at the bottom; expects too much too soon
  • Makes excuses; evasiveness, hedges on unfavorable factors in record
  • Lack of tact
  • Lack of courtesy; ill-mannered
  • Condemnation of past employers
  • High pressure type
  • Fails to look interviewer in the eye
  • Limp, fishy hand-shake
  • Asks no questions about job
  • Sloppy application form
  • Merely shopping around
  • Wants job for only a short time
  • Little sense of humor
  • Lack of knowledge of field or specialization
  • No interest in company or industry
  • Emphasis on who he/she knows
  • Unwillingness to relocate
  • Intolerant; strong prejudices
  • Failure to express appreciation of the interviewer’s time
  • Late to interview without good reason
  • Never heard of company
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