I have interviewed a great deal of candidates who complain about younger generations having “no work ethic.” Who says?! There are SOME young people who have no work ethic. There are also SOME Baby Boomers with no work ethic. Believe me, I have interviewed them. To judge an entire population by their age is called
I called a woman recently to schedule her for an interview. She thanked me for calling her, but notified me she will not be available. She would be getting a face lift next week. Slightly stunned because I wasn’t expecting that unusual response, I thanked her for letting me know and wished her great success.
I was interviewing a couple of years ago for a great position at the local non-profit. An application for Andre came across my desk with decent qualification. As I glanced over the cover letter, I noticed the candidate signed as “Andrea”. I was confused about what to call this person, so I didn’t. As employers,
As we begin each new year, many of us take the opportunity to re-group and redefine goals for our businesses. This time is often filled with renewed energy to get our lives and work in order. As a part of your new year’s goals, it might also be time to fire that one employee that
Did you know that the interview process is a great marketing tool? People who are genuinely interested in your company will apply for positions, not just those looking for a job. It’s possible to have an audience of up to 500 applicants who want to work for you. While you can’t possibly hire them all,
Last fall, I recounted a story about “The Winker,” an inappropriate event that occurred during one of my interviewing sessions. A female candidate had winked at my client during the interview process, making him feel very uncomfortable. Although the candidate was very qualified, we did not hire her because of the discomfort experienced by all
As hiring managers, we spend more time analyzing resumes than we do actually interviewing candidates. Most applicants don’t write their own resumes or cover letters. Therefore, we spend time “pre-screening” candidates on materials that they didn’t produce. Have you ever looked at a candidate’s application and knew they were the one? Then, you talk to
If you have read a women’s magazine, there always seems to be an article about lying in a relationship. “Little white lies” can often seem harmless enough, but isn’t this really a measurement for integrity and personal responsibility? I’ve often heard from my employers that they are appalled when a candidate exaggerates on their resume.
A client of mine and I were interviewing a few weeks ago, and a very bright, savvy woman began telling us how this job was “beneath” her. She mentioned “This job is obviously less than my skill set.” Then, though the job ad clearly stated the salary range, she asked for a 20-30% increase. The
What is it about interviewing that makes people think they can do it without having been taught? When I mention that I am an interviewer, someone will invariably say to me “I am a great interviewer.” “How did you learn to be a good interviewer”, I ask.” “Oh, I am a great people person.” As