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“What to do to NOT get hired?”

ESS Candidate Newsletter – FEBRUARY 2022

Columbus, OH – FEBRUARY 2022

In this month’s, ask the recruiter, we discuss things not to do if you’re wanting to get hired.

Introduction – Aaron Wandtke
Recently Filled Positions
Ask the Recruiter “What to do to NOT get hired?”



2022 is here and is off to a fast start at ESS. In January, we took in more new positions to work on than any month last year. 2021 was a record year and we see 2022 continuing where 2021 left off. Below are some interesting numbers from last year.

  • Our top categories where we put people into jobs in 2021 were Medical Directors, Clinical, Contracting, Engineering, Sales and Analytics.
  • LinkedIn remains our top sourcing tool to find talent.
  • Only 10% (down from 23% in 2020) of the people we placed in a job required relocation
  • The average time from introduction to offer for the hired candidate was 36 days

We track a lot of data and are happy to share more information if you are interested or have questions. We enjoy comparing information with companies so we can develop our own best practices.

Ask the Recruiter – “WHat to do to NOT get hired?”

When you have worked in recruiting like ESS has, you often think you seen and heard everything possible that can go wrong in an interview. The mistakes people make, which many people would think are common sense, are not common sense to everyone. When the below things happen, we are likely waving a warning flag on the other end of the phone.

  1. Not willing to send a resume or discuss compensation – We like to think we can help everyone, but we know we can’t. When we have no resume, and the individual is unwilling to discuss compensation in any way, we have a problem.
  2. Not telling people you are interviewing – We completely understand not getting hopes up. But when you are in an interview process, family members or other important people who will be impacted by a job change should know. Interviewing in secret from the most important people in your life is not a good idea.
  3. No preparation – With almost every company using zoom to conduct interviews, you should have safe place to interview along with a set of clothes and a mirror nearby to ensure you are prepared. In addition, reviewing the mission statement and understanding the companies value demonstrate some time was invested in preparation.
  4. Being too informal – Zoom calls have created an opportunity for people to feel overly safe. Because it’s occurring in their houses, candidates believe they can be less formal, have a drink nearby or use profanity during an interview.

Each year there are new stories to add to the ESS library on what not to do. If you are interviewing, please do your best to be prepared and to put your best foot forward. We work in a small industry where a lot of people know each other. Don’t let a silly mistake impact your career.

If you would like any help preparing for interviews, please let me know.

I can be reached at 614-885-8490 or by e-mail at