So what’s un­der the hood?

Em­ploy­ers want­ing to know what re­ally drives their staff are head­ing to the carpark, writes

The Courier-Mail - Career One - - Classifieds -

WE all know pre­sen­ta­tion is im­por­tant in a job in­ter­view but em­ploy­ers are judg­ing job­seek­ers based on more than their out­fit, hair and smile.

Bosses know th­ese things have been care­fully con­structed by the job­seeker for the oc­ca­sion so are re­sort­ing to check­ing cars for more gen­uine in­sights.

Busi­ness coach Terri Billing­ton says em­ploy­ers and re­cruiters walk a job­seeker to their car at the end of an in­ter­view for a sneak peek.

“A car can tell you a lot about a per­son be­cause if it’s hor­ri­bly messy then they take lit­tle care in their pre­sen­ta­tion, which will cross over into the work­place,” she says.

“It’s a re­ally good gauge be­cause most peo­ple wouldn’t ex­pect some­one to look at their car and judge them on it.

“One em­ployer mis­tak­enly only looked at a car af­ter giv­ing the ap­pli­cant the job – the floor was lit­tered with rub­bish and the out­side was rusty – and the staff mem­ber has proven to be a prob­lem with hygiene, turn­ing up to work din­ners in the same pants he’d been wear­ing while fix­ing his cars.”

The type of car a per­son drives might also in­di­cate their per­son­al­ity, Billing­ton says, to the ex­tent a sporty car sug­gests the can­di­date could be an ex­tro­vert, while a more con­ser­va­tive car sug­gests they are pos­si­bly in­tro­verted.

“With so many peo­ple ap­ply­ing for jobs and ap­pli­cants get­ting their re­sumes pro­fes­sion­ally done, em­ploy­ers are be­ing forced to be smarter in de­ter­min­ing who is best suited to the job,” she says. “Bosses aren’t just look­ing to fill po­si­tions with the nec­es­sary skills, they’re in­ter­ested in find­ing the right per­son with the right val­ues for the role.

“They will look at ap­pear­ance, they will look at the state of their car, they will look at their so­cial me­dia pro­files, they will find out if you have done your re­search on their busi­ness.”

FIRST IM­PRES­SIONS COUNT:

FOR real es­tate agent Da­mon Warat, pre­sen­ta­tion is im­por­tant. The Ray White Queens­land sales­per­son of the year says while he hasn’t heard of em­ploy­ers check­ing cars when hir­ing, he has seen agents told to clean their cars be­fore open homes.

“Pre­sen­ta­tion is paramount and I am sure if a can­di­date was seen ar­riv­ing with a visu­ally filthy car it would not be ben­e­fi­cial in ob­tain­ing a job, es­pe­cially in real es­tate where our car is re­ally our mo­bile of­fice,” he says.

“You only get one chance to make a first im­pres­sion and when we meet a cus­tomer, our car is gen­er­ally the first thing we are judged on.”

Warat, who has his car pro­fes­sion­ally cleaned weekly, says it was a gift to hime­self af­ter achiev­ing tar­gets but he also chose it with clients in mind.

“It was easy for clients to get in and out of the back seat. I also think it’s im­por­tant to not drive a car clients might be em­bar­rassed to be seen in,” he says. “It is parked out the front of 10 open homes each week­end – the first im­pres­sion buy­ers get be­fore they see me.”

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