Frequently, I see candidates act as if only “official”
contacts—like interviews and formal writing samples—count during the
hiring process. They’ll send flawless cover letters and then check up on
their applications with sloppily written E-mails with spelling errors.
Or they’ll be charming and polite to me but rude to an assistant. I pay
attention to how quickly a candidate responds to requests for writing
samples and references, and even how fast he or she returns phone calls.