I know I have posted this before on my personal feed, but I thought that this article was worth posting again.
Things that candidates are doing quite a lot of lately.
You send me a stupidly long resume
You can’t tell me why you like your current job
No career plans or vision
Answer my questions with conjecture
Some things that you should consider before your next interview.
How to Win the interview
- Show me you can get things done. This means you can accomplish challenging tasks quickly, come up to speed when necessary, go the extra mile if you have to, influence peers. You must be self-motivated.
- Show me you are intelligent. I will ask you questions that are designed to make you think. Show me you can. Don’t confuse intelligence with education. I don’t care what kind of schooling you had, if you can’t think, no job. If you can think, and aren’t educated, no problem in my book, though I’ll probably look for more experience instead.
- Show me how I fit into your vision. Truthfully, we’ll work best together if you think this job is the best place for you to be right now. I want to help you succeed in your career, let me.
- Be highly skilled. Unfortunately, I don’t hire awesome people who don’t have the right skill mix. But I do keep their information around for when I need their skill mix. I also tend to recommend these people to others who are hiring as strong candidates. The skill level required to be hired depends on the job and expectations. Entry level can get away with rough skill sets or classwork. Senior needs to be top of the field, regardless of years in the workforce.
- Be Passionate. If you are bored working in a similar job somewhere else, you’ll be bored with me. Period. I don’t want any of that.
Though there is a lot of negative feedback about the article in the comments, personally I feel that the article reveals VERY valid points if you are looking for a job (especially with larger companies). I would also stress that a tailored resume that is RELEVANT actually stands out from the crowd, and your generic ‘spammy’ resumes are easily identified.