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What Personality Traits Employers Hate and How to Avoid Them

You may want to believe that your resume is all that truly matters when you’re applying for jobs. After all, if you have the qualifications and the experience, shouldn’t that be what really counts?

In a perfect world, maybe. But you aren’t working in a vacuum, either – you have coworkers that you need to get along with, bosses to work under, and employees to supervise. In an interview, an employer isn’t just evaluating your actual skills, but how well you will mesh with the company culture and team you’ll be working with.

Your personality plays a big part in getting hired!

Here are three major personality traits that employers avoid at all cost, and how you can help prevent yourself from coming off like this to nail more interviews and get better job offers.


This is a huge one! A candidate that displays arrogance in an interview is less likely to be hired. Why?

If you’re arrogant, you probably think that your way is best. And maybe it is. But when you join a new company, there is a certain level of adjustment. You need to be able to be flexible and work within the company’s policies, culture, and restraints. If you don’t seem able to fit in and make compromises within the company, you won’t work out.

There’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance, but it is important to perfect it. People who are confident don’t need to keep reassuring those around them that they’re great – they know. They take interest in the subject matter at hand, they don’t bring the conversation back around to themselves all the time. And finally, go into the interview with the mindset that you don’t know everything, and that you could actually learn something from this company or position.


No one wants to work with someone that feels entitled to their job, their wage, or certain perks. If you come off as entitled to something you haven’t worked for, you’re going to leave a bad taste in their mouth, and there is a good chance that you won’t be asked back for a second interview.

Avoiding entitlement can be a little tricky because it isn’t as clear cut as arrogance. The best way to do so is to express how thankful you are for the opportunities you’ve received, be humble, and open to what the interviewer has to say or offer.


Employers want someone that will show up on time consistently and get the job done to a certain standard. Obviously. They’re looking for someone reliable that they can count on.

To avoid looking unreliable, the best step is to show up early for your interview and prepared. Bring your resume, dress appropriate, and research the company and position beforehand so you’re prepared for any questions.

Your resume will be a big part of this, too. If they ask you why you have a history of job-hopping, make sure to downplay any reliability issues and be honest with your answer, with a positive spin.

Your personality matters. If you can master this, you may find yourself punching above your weight when going out on job interviews and getting offers!

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