'I can't stand it when…': Recruiters share their pet peeves

Leave your attitude at the door and offer expanded, thoughtful answers to interview questions. These are just two suggestions from several recruiters who shared their pet peeves at Devex’s Career Forum in Washington this year.

“When you’re trying to pull information out of someone, it makes your job a lot harder,” said Dwight Hahn, recruitment specialist with the QED Group.

And complaining about a lengthy resume uploading process won’t get you very far with Bucky Fairfax, vice president and senior HR business partner for RTI International, who spoke for all recruiters when he said that recruiters need a “streamlined, effective” system to fairly assess the many applicants they review.

Watch this video to find more pet peeves from global development recruiters, including what Pablo Paldao, senior recruiter for DAI, says no one does anymore but absolutely should:

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    Kelli Rogers is a global development reporter for Devex. Based in Bangkok, she covers disaster and crisis response, innovation, women’s rights, and development trends throughout Asia. Prior to her current post, she covered leadership, careers, and the USAID implementer community from Washington, D.C. Previously, she reported on social and environmental issues from Nairobi, Kenya. Kelli holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, and has since reported from more than 20 countries.

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