8 Ways to Blow Getting a Job Interview


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  1. Marcelino Latorre says:

    Ego is a big time no no that got me canned over and over again throughout the years.. Great post, it’s awesome to hear your voice again.

  2. I find when I have to power through any quantity of resumes anything with special paper, weird fonts, pictures, any distractions, just piss me off. And for godsakes put your experience first, not your volunteer work, not your education. I’m a busy guy, if you make me hunt for what I want, you have a much better chance of me chucking your resume and just going to the next one where I can find what I’m looking for. Forget the bells and whistles and just get me the info I need right now. If I want your education and hobbies I’ll go looking for them after I see what you’ve done before. … actually as I write this I’m thinking this also applies to designing your website…

    Also, if you are giving me a resume in person, give it to me and go. Don’t stand there like I’m going to read it or book an interview this instant.

  3. Kathryn Parsons says:

    You made my evening. When I got to “unprofessional attributes,” I couldn’t stop laughing. Over the years, I’ve seen some pretty unprofessional things from resumes, but the dancing kittens takes the cake.

  4. Kristy Bolsinger says:

    Completely agree with every single one of these. I’ve round-filed many applications for these reasons in the past.

    I’d add, while not as immediately “glaring”, I cannot stand when the applicant fails to clearly state how they are the best fit, or even how they’re going to add value. Help me understand why YOU are the right person for THIS job and how you are going to add your own unique flavor of value to the company. Make a compelling case, but make it quick.

  5. Doc Sheldon says:

    Great points, all, Rae. Had to laugh at the dancing kittens and shirtless photo! Years ago, I was hiring a new secretary to replace my retiring right hand, who literally fell off her chair laughing, when she opened a resume in which the applicant had enclosed an 8×10 glam photo in a bikini!
    The sad thing was, without that photo, she’d have definitely won an interview. With it, she hit the round file.
    I would also add to your list the follow-up calls or emails the day after (and roughly every 8 hours after that) you receive the application, offering “corrections” or “additional information” that should have been included the first time. Nothing screams half-assed like an incomplete or inaccurate job application.

  6. Jim Rudnick says:

    Hiring…the worst part of a company’s success…ugh!

    Best of luck tho, SugarRae….hope you find some real winners, eh!



  7. MicroSourcing says:

    Including relevant skills in your cover letter is important because it shows why you’re perfect for the job. Moreover, it shows that you’ve paid close attention to the job requirements and thus highlighted relevant skills that you know can increase your chances of getting the job interview.

  8. Jason Elkin "AKA" RECRUITER-AT-LARGE says:

    Rae this blog was priceless. Let me add one more that is a personal favorite. Using the word “strategy” in every other line of a resume &/or cover letter does not make you an industry expert. Neither does referring to yourself as a “guru” or such.

  9. Great tips! In fact, I use some of these as warning signs when hiring my own people as well. The following directions one especially. I always put some sort of specific instruction about how to appropriately title the email, or even put something along the lines of “Add the word Banana to the bottom of your cover letter” if I post the application somewhere where I know I will receive a lot of applicants like Craigslist, just to weed out those that are going for quantity over quality applications.

  10. Harrison Jones says:

    I once had an applicant for an SEO intern position where the person seriously wrote under skills for a job in campus dining “rolling burritos, building sandwiches, and folding omelettes”.

    I also had another applicant in the same batch of resumes write a 2 page cover letter where one half of it was a Napoleon Hill quote and the other half talked about his trials and tribulations of being a failed almost-professional hockey player, then entered a black hole of failure while attempting to make something of himself.

  11. The Interview process has always been the most tiring activity for me but being a team manager this has always been a part of my work.

    Thanks for the tips SugarRae Hope you find some really good people to work with..

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