Re: Interviews & red flags

Subject: Re: Interviews & red flags
From: TechComm Dood <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 11:45:21 -0400

Well, I particularly don't like receiving resumes with unrelated
experience on them that is not somehow tied into the job they're
applying for. Stuff like working for a supermarket while in college or
teaching Bible classes on weekends, IMO, does not belong on a
professional resume.

I also don't like "best thing since..." cover letters, where the
candidate goes overboard on why they are the bees knees. Just what
everyone is looking for... someone who will tell you how good they are
so you don't have to waste time in evaluating them for yourself!

Little things can also make or break the chance for an interview, too.
Like misspelling (usually a capitalization error) a product name,
inappropriate use of buzzwords, including hobbies (that's none of out
business folks! Keep your kitty sweater knitting and belly button lint
collections to yourselves, please!), and other seeminly innocent
things. Even too much color or too many different fonts/typesizes on a
resume can get your resume round-filed.

Should you go to a face to face interview, please have good hygeine.
Arrive on time. Be openly communicative; don't sit there waiting for a
question to respond to, but also remember to take breaks for breaths
and let others talk. Remember to thank everyone you talk with for
meeting with you (preferably with a solid handshake and a smile - no
limp wrists, vice grips, or winces).

And never... never never ever... never take a cell phone call during
an interview!

On Wed, 20 Oct 2004 08:56:29 -0600, mearro -at- msn -dot- com <mearro -at- msn -dot- com> wrote:
> I've been following the sample discussion with interest. Just curious
> about what others in hiring positions have seen as red flags - or reasons
> not to interview or hire a candidate.


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