I wonder sometimes if candidates know that they're projecting a bad attitude, or coming off as arrogant, that they talk so much that no one else has a chance to say anything? I spoke with a young man today that was clearly very frustrated, and didn't hide it. I asked what was the problem and he said he was frustrated, didn't apologize, just said he was having a bad day. Why would anyone call a recruiter when they are so totally frustrated that they can't speak normally? I told him I couldn't put him in front of a client with that attitude.
I didn't even want to know what skills he had, I didn't care because he didn't care.
When I'm preparing candidates for an interview, whether it's a phone interview or a face-to-face interview, I try to stress the importance of a positive attitude. Sometimes they are unaware of things they are doing naturally, like talking loud or too low, talking too much, talking too little, or coming off as arrogant. One person told me it ain't bragging if I can do it. Maybe, but people just don't want to hear it, and they should care what that person thinks, because they decide if you get the job or not. Recently I had a candidate that passed the technical test and went for the face-to-face interview. The client agreed he had all the skills, but would not select him because of his arrogance.