Monthly Archives: July 2008

too much “praising the Lord”

our candidate was well qualified, but when she got into the interview she quoted the bible too much…even spoke about her conversion…

it scared the employer..

now the employer professes Christianity…and, at least, from what we can tell by his actions, he is…however, he was afraid that if he hired the candidate she would try to convert the company and the people in it to her way of thinking…

so, the lesson is to let your convictions show by your actions..your words may frighten an employer

most everyone will respect religious faith, but overt reference to it in an interviewing situation won’t help you get hired

know when to say “i don’t know…”

one of our candidates was doing pretty well on the interview…the hiring authority, just to test him, started asking more and more technical questions…like, “How does our product fit into the Oracle database application?”

well, the candidate was somewhat technical, but not that technical..instead of saying, “You know, i really don’t know…but i can get one of my technical friends to help me out,” he tried to b.s. his way through an answer..

it didn’t fly…the longer he talked, the more embarrassed he got and the more foolish he looked…by the time the interview was over, his relatively healthy ego had been diminished and he knew that he blew the interview..

if you don’t know…say that you don’t know…don’t try to b.s. your way through an answer…you will loose out on the job..

follow up…no matter how long and how many times it might take

my candidate kept following up with the hiring manger, even though they hired someone else…

the hiring authority and my candidate really hit it off, but my candidate just didn’t have anywhere near the experience they needed…but boy they hit it off..

my candidate asked the hiring authority if he could call him back from time to time…of course, the hiring authority agreed…

so at least once a month the candidate called the guy…heck, my candidate was still looking for a job and he figured until he got one he ought to call everyone that might eventually hire him…

seven months later, he got hired by the company..they liked him so well they “created” an opportunity for him

never quit following up…no matter how many times it might take

odd first impressions…tone it down a bit

you never know how candidates are perceived…

one of our candidates who is a very successful sales person goes to an interview…the hiring authority loves her, but is concerned about her motivation..

why?…well she had, according to him, a four carat diamond ring on (…really only two) and drove a brand new mercedes and wore at least a $500 outfit (…how does he know?)

…he wondered if she was motivated???…oh, brother

the truth is that she was able to afford these things because she is one hell of a sales lady…she also has two kids in college that she supports..

now, i might agree that when you combine the ring, the car and the suit, the hiring authority might have been put off a bit…

lesson:..tone it down a bit…dress professionally, but not over the top..

always, always, always follow up!

every counselor/coach/recruiter in the world tells a candidate to follow up with a “thank you” note as well as a note as to what the candidate can do for the company..

well, our candidate thought he had a lousy interview so he didn’t follow up with the note…

well, the hiring authority thought the guy was great..couldn’t understand why the guy didn’t follow up..

when the candidate found out that the hiring authority really liked him, he was motivated..wrote the note….too late, the hiring authority thought about it…decided to go after someone else..

LESSON:…follow up…always follow up with a thanks!

common sense

one of our candidates “rewrote” her resume…left off a three month short gig at a company 2 years ago…she has had too many jobs and figured it would be better to do that..

well, she forgot to “update” her resume on linkedin…so, one of our clients got it…went to linkedin to see what he could find out about her…found the “old” resume and decided not to pursue her..

lesson: keep your resumes consistent…don’t shoot yourself in the foot