Re: Interview Questions (interests/accomplishments)

Subject: Re: Interview Questions (interests/accomplishments)
From: Laurel Nelson <Laurel_Y_Nelson -at- NOTES -dot- SEAGATE -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 15 May 1998 13:12:58 -0500

Andrea Ridgley wrote:
For example, my husband included in his resume (for a government position)
that he was Capt. of the high school wrestling team, and that he was an
Eagle Scout. He got an interview only because he mentioned these two
activities. He got the job! They were looking for someone with
leadership skills, accomplishments, and determination (because it takes
years to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout).

*Accomplishments* is the key word here. Your husband took an interest and
developed it until he excelled in that discipline far above the average
person, which proved that he had some outstanding personal qualities.
So....maybe it's okay to mention a major accomplishment even if it's
connected to a personal interest.

From a human resource point of view, focusing too much on personal
interests during an interview can be dangerous because it may lead the
interviewer to hire someone because of similar interests rather than


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