I have always believed that Luck comes to the prepared.
Be focused. Do your homework, so when opportunity knock bangs on the door, you recognize the sound and run to the door and walk through it. Network, Network, Network. Over the years, I have had opportunities come out of what might look as happenstance. However, because I was focused and prepared I could see where the opportunity was hiding. As a consultant, I want to be the first phone call someone receives after they realize they have a problem.
If you could spot one, you wouldn’t hire him would you?
All kidding aside. It is the classic points: Late for the interview but doesn’t apologize, inappropriately dressed, trashes prior bosses/companies, blames others for problems in prior jobs, never gives direct answers to questions, doesn’t look you in the eye, doesn’t have a clue about what your company’s business is, doesn’t ask you any intelligent questions, favorite words are “like, totally, whatever and umm.”
Ask your receptionist what impression the candidate made when he/she arrived and was waiting to see you.
HJG on The TPE Blog “Spotting Bad Employees Before Hiring”
Does your company need a Dress Code?
If your staff visits clients, you definitely need one. You want the team to look their best on the job. Do clients & referral sources visit the office? If not, you may not need one. Staff working from home are working in PJs.
Who wants to work with the consultant who is dressed like he is there to wash the car. A tech CEO once told me to give 24hrs notice when wearing a suit; it scared the software engineers making them think the company was for sale.
I am with “Fernando aka Billy Crystal “to look good is to work good.”
HJG on The TPE Blog “Why Your Business Needs a Dress Code”
Commit to a Contact Management Tool.
Find a contact management & calendar system that works for you and use it to manage your business life and your personal schedule as well. I have used ACT! for over twenty years. I know when, where & how I have met my contacts and have a history of our interactions.
HJG on The TPE Blog “Productive Habits for Getting More Done”