Hiring Managers

How To Annoy Hiring Managers


One of the worst things you can do during your job search is annoy hiring managers. You will not only ruin your chances at landing the job at hand, but you will also hurt your chances of being considered for future positions.

How To Annoy Hiring Managers

Here are five things to avoid when trying to land a job:

1. Being Ungrateful When You Don’t Get The Job

It’s never a good idea to be rude or angry towards a hiring manager when you’re not selected for an opening. It makes you look naïve and entitled. It hurts your chances of being reconsidered for another opening at that organization in the future. (And you never know whom that person knows at other organizations.)

2. Not Asking Good Questions

A hiring manager wants to answer your questions about the company, culture, and position during an interview—but often, people become too nervous to ask good questions. This can make you appear uninterested or unprepared.

Avoid this situation by looking up information about the company and position beforehand and writing down at least three good questions for the interviewer.

3. Just “Showing Up”

At one time, it was considered polite to “drop in” to an organization and submit a paper copy of your resume. Today, however, many companies have specific hiring processes and find it inconvenient when someone just shows up. In fact, it’s been said that it borders on downright creepy!

Your best bet is to follow the instructions stated on the description. If it says no calls, don’t call. (At least don’t call the hiring manager. You can always give the receptionist a ring.) If it specifies sending your resume in a certain format, don’t send it in a different one!

4. Having Too Much Contact In A Short Period

Following up can be the key to landing a new job. Too much follow-up, however, can cross the line and ruin your chances. Keep e-mails or phone calls to once per week (at the most), and listen to the hiring manager if they provide a timeline about the position. If you don’t hear anything back after contacting the individual 3-4 times, it’s probably time to move on.

5. Not Having An Honest Dialogue

The purpose of an interview is to assess an individual’s expertise, experience, and cultural fit within the organization. So, don’t just tell them what you think they want to hear or what you perceive is the “correct” answer. Provide honest insight into your strengths, weaknesses, and so on so they can make the best decision possible for the organization – and you can decide whether the opportunity is right for you, as well.

Hiring managers: Any other pet peeves you would add to this list?

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Heather Huhman

Heather R. Huhman is a career expert, experienced hiring manager, and founder of Come Recommended, a content marketing consultancy.


  1. Entitlement is a problem with society in general. Students, teachers, employees, candidate’s, hiring managers, CEO’s, politicians, customers, minorities, majorities, etc.. You name it, a sense of entitlement should never be conveyed to another person in any circumstance. Conveyed entitlement always undercuts any attempt of effective communication.

  2. I agree with the poster who said inappropriate dress. When I was interviewing candidates for an admin position, I was really shocked to see a few of them show up with very low cut shirts showing too much skin. Not a good idea to do, it left me with a negative impression of them regardless of their experience or communication strengths. This is not the interview for the nightclub hostess!

  3. If it matters from a candidate’s perspective, always provide a response, via either phone or email, regarding your decision after an interview. It has become a very common practice to just cease responding to a candidate who has been eliminated from consideration. Two things regarding this practice: first, the job market will eventually turn to favor the candidates, and negative impressions will be remembered, and word-of-mouth reputations can also be powerful. Secondly, I’m certain that an employer would not favorably view a candidate that was offered a job if the candidate at that point were to just disappear and never give an answer.

  4. Showing that you’re desperate for a job. It’s actually quite amusing, watching the desperate father explaining to me how much he needs to feed his family. I just tell those urchins to prod off to the nearest soup kitchen lol.

  5. I agree with Camille – I once sat in on an interview with an executive assistant candidate. She showed up 20 minutes late without explanation. Worse, she displayed an entitled attitude during the interview. The message we got from her was “I’m special, and if you want to hire me, it will be at my convenience.” Needless to say, I found this to be a tremendous turn off and we didn’t ask her back for a second interview.

  6. Do not show up 1/2 to 3/4 of an hour early to an interview, especially at a small company. Another big pet peeve of mine–Don’t tell me why you need the job.

  7. Chewing gum, your cell phone ringing or vibrating, bad grammar, inappropriate clothing, and too much makeup, jewelry, or cologne. To me all of these are just common sense, but it amazes me to see these things in an interview and it isn’t always recent graduates.

  8. Not being able to back up things you have listed on your resume. To me, resume “fluffing” is an absolute deal-breaker. I once had a candidate who had listed a certain skill set on his resume. We asked him in the interview, word for word from what he had listed, to give us an example of such a skill set in action. Could not do it; deer-in-the-headlights look. He even asked us to hand his resume back to him so he could see for himself what we we’re talking about. We were polite about it; other hiring managers will rip you to shreds for that kind of faux pas. Be prepared to defend your resume in an interview!

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