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What’s the worst you've seen from a jobseeker?

Adam Zuchetti
Adam Zuchetti
04 September 2018 1 minute readShare
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Profanity-laden social accounts. Mismatching details on a CV. No-show for an interview. Employers have plenty of tales of bad behaviour from potential job candidates. What is the worst you have experienced?

That is our question to business leaders and employers, after recruitment agency Hays listed what it claimed are the most common social media mistakes made by jobseekers.

On the list are:

  • Experience overviews that don’t align with those in a CV;
  • Badmouthing a previous employer;
  • Inappropriate content;
  • Aggressive threads or engagement in a flame war;
  • Discriminatory sentiments;
  • Failing to fully utilise social media to build a professional personal brand.

“Your online activity can have an impact on your chance of securing a job, particularly if it’s offensive or contradicts the professional image or experience you are portraying to hiring managers,” Hays Australia and New Zealand managing director, Nick Deligiannis, said.

“We live in a digital age and most employers review a job candidate’s social profiles before inviting them in for an interview. This gives a hiring manager a more detailed insight into a candidate’s skills.”

But social media is far from the be all and end all of the impressions employers generate from a candidate.

Cover letters that fail to address the specific hiring manager – particularly when that person is listed on the job ad; spelling and grammar mistakes on the CV; not answering selection criteria properly, if at all are all too common from people who are, ironically, trying to impress someone enough to give them a job, or at least an in-person interview.

While employers have been warned against taking too long to respond to requests and follow up post-interview, they too have problems around this – My Business has repeatedly heard examples of candidates failing to respond to interview requests or, worse still, standing up an interviewer altogether.

Then there are the complaints about poor graduate readiness for the workforce and lack of general knowledge.

In the spirit of venting frustrations while also educating others about what to look out for, we’d like to hear about your worst experiences as an employer in trying to recruit new staff. Tell us below or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



What’s the worst you've seen from a jobseeker?
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Adam Zuchetti
Adam Zuchetti

Adam Zuchetti is the former editor of MyBusiness and a senior freelance media professional, specialising in the fields of business, personal finance and property. In 2020, he also embarked on his own business journey – inspired in part by the entrepreneurs and founders he had met through his journalistic work – with the launch of customised pet gifting and subscription service Paws N’ All.

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