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Thursday, February 20, 2014
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Last year a survey of hiring managers was conducted to find out what the biggest and most common interview mistakes made were. The results, as you can imagine, are both hilarious and a little sad! The national survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive from November 6 to December 2, 2013, and included a representative sample of 2,201 hiring managers and human resource professionals across industries and company sizes. Here are there results, as put together by CareerBuilder:
When asked to share the most outrageous mistakes candidates made during a job interview, employers gave the following real-life examples:
- Applicant warned the interviewer that she “took too much valium” and didn’t think her interview was indicative of her personality
- Applicant acted out a Star Trek role
- Applicant answered a phone call for an interview with a competitor
- Applicant arrived in a jogging suit because he was going running after the interview
- Applicant asked for a hug
- Applicant attempted to secretly record the interview
- Applicant brought personal photo albums
- Applicant called himself his own personal hero
- Applicant checked Facebook during the interview
- Applicant crashed her car into the building
- Applicant popped out his teeth when discussing dental benefits
- Applicant kept her iPod headphones on during the interview
- Applicant set fire to the interviewer’s newspaper while reading it when the interviewer said “impress me”
- Applicant said that he questioned his daughter’s paternity
- Applicant wanted to know the name and phone number of the receptionist because he really liked her
- Applicant talked about her EEO law suite against her last employer
- Applicant talked about being arrested for solicitation / prostitution (had one of each)
- Applicant admitted he hadn't gone to bed the night before, because he was out clubbing.
- Applicant admitted he wasn't interested in the job he was recruited for and came in hoping I’d have something else to offer
Do you have any more interview blunders to add to this list? Let us know in the comments!
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Whether you are just starting out in the job search or you are a seasoned interview pro, being prepared is always key! Being prepared means making sure that you know how to market your best skills and talents to showcase why you are the best candidate for the position. Here are a few tips on how to do just that!
Use stories of your accomplishments to illustrate your skills. This is the best way to show off your skill sets. Do you have great customer service skills? Tell a story about how you dealt with an unruly customer without losing your cool.
Include your best work in your portfolio. When building your portfolio, it’s important to include your very best work to help you market your strongest skills. It’s also a good idea to include examples that support some of the accomplishment stories you’ll share during the interview. This way, you’ll be able to provide the interviewer with tangible examples of your work.
Never underestimate your abilities. The best way to be confident during an interview is to make sure you include skills in your resume and cover letter that you can translate into accomplishments. Remember, if you are prepared with your examples you will be confident in explaining how they relate to your strongest skills – and confidence is always key during an interview!
Don’t forget to sell your soft skills, too! Soft skills are the qualities you possess that could set you apart from other candidates. Qualities like being a good listener, being very organized, or a strong leader are all soft skills that can transfer from job to job and can be just as important when employers are considering more than one candidate with similar job backgrounds.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
CareerBuilder recently conducted a survey where they asked more than 2,000 hiring managers and HR professionals about what they associate with candidates when the candidate wears a certain color to a job interview. According to this survey, 23 percent of people surveyed agreed that blue was the best color to wear for an interview. The second best color is black, while the worst color is orange, according to this study.
The study also found that certain colors correlate to a person’s specific qualities. Those colors and their attributes are:
Black – Leadership
Blue – Team Player
Gray – Logical/Analytical
White – Organized
Brown – Dependable
Red – Power
Green, Yellow, Orange or Purple – Creative
So if you are interviewing with a company this is looking for a real “team player”, you could consider wearing blue; or white if they are looking for someone who is very organized. It can’t hurt to keep this information in mind when picking out your next interview outfit!