So what’s under the hood?
Employers wanting to know what really drives their staff are heading to the carpark, writes
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.”