How Not to Get A Job: Make a Good 1st Impression

4 May 2007 at 1:25PM Leave a comment

Corporate America hasn’t cornered the market on quirky candidates. The non-profit world has them too. Ken Newton, managing director of SpringWell Church in Taylors, SC got a call from “James” (not his real name) that made a memorable first impression.

“Hi Ken, this is James”
“Hi James”
“Is this Ken?”
“This is Ken. How can I help you, James?”
“Ken?”
“Yes James”
“I am calling about the position.”
“What position is that, James?”
“The position at SpringWell.”
“James, could you explain further? What position have you heard about that I will better understand why you are calling?”

Hang up. Dial tone.

Sounds like James lost his nerve. See the whole thing, plus some good advice, here.

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1. "I can't tell you the best way to get a job - because there is no one best way. After 21 years of recruiting, I CAN share things I've seen candidates do to guarantee they DIDN'T get the job."

2. "Most companies don't realize how their recruiting process impacts their candidate pool, and their business. Attention to simple things will result in big improvements."

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