NotJobs: Biggest Interview Errors

15 February 2008 at 4:48AM Leave a comment

On the CFO Magazine web site, Marie Leone has a useful article on How Not to Get a Job:

“I Blew It”: Biggest Interview Errors
Your résumé has opened the door. But recruiters point to the traps that candidates fall into, and offer tips for making a better impression.
Marie Leone
CFO.com | US

Your Mother Was Right
First impressions do count. And as obvious as it may sound, candidates still strike out when it comes to grooming and dressing for an interview, notes Hack, who leads Heidrick & Struggles’s financial officers’ practice.

The Two-Minute Drill
Eldridge is amazed at how the best candidates seem able to summarize a 25-year career sharply and precisely in two minutes.

Question Authority, and Everything Else
One of the biggest mistakes candidates make is not asking questions, says Hack. Too few questions may suggest to an interviewer that a candidate is unengaged and uninterested in the job.

Just Like an Earnings Call
“Everything on a résumé is subject to audit,” notes Eldridge, introducing one true horror story. A CFO’s résumé had noted that he worked closely with the CEO on a big merger deal five years before. But when the interviewer asked the CEO’s name, the candidate’s mind went blank.

Talking Money
Recruiters at retained search firms usually pass along current salary requirements of a candidate to the hiring company. It’s a mistake not to be ready to discuss compensation in an interview if asked; specifically, what it will cost to get them to move to a new job.

See the whole article for the details.

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Entry filed under: Interviewing, NotJobs.

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My Core Ideas

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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Troy Bettinger, SPHR is a Denver Recruiter, Public Speaker, HR Metrics Analyst and Human Resources Leader who has been recruiting in corporate and municipal environments since 1991.

He specializes in the complete hiring process: defining, sourcing, recruiting, testing, interviewing, offering and orienting new hires. He's also well versed in strategic human resources, college recruiting, diversity recruiting, AAP, EEO, ATS integration, recruiting metrics, social media, recruiting leadership, training and employment branding.

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