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Interviewing Tips From Someone Who Does The Hiring

January 18th, 2008 · 1 Comment

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I think I referenced a post from WiseBread yesterday. They’re a good multi-author blog covering a range of topics.

I ran across this post by a woman who used to do the hiring and recruiting at a previous job. She has a couple of good points about what makes a good interviewee… from the interviewer‘s perspective. My favorites:

5. Make Getting the Job Your Priority and Do Not Show Your Ulterior Motives – A lot of the times it is hard to guess how an interviewer will interpret what you say. In my experience you should only show that you want the job for the job and nothing else. (…)

3. Read Your Own Resume and Know What is on It – When I interviewed a woman for my last company I asked her how much she knew about MySQL and Oracle since both of them were on her resume. She told me that she knew MySQL is made by Microsoft and Oracle is open source, and I asked her if she were sure and she nodded confidently. Then I told her she was wrong and she confessed that she wrote those things because her friend told her to just write as many technical keywords as possible so that job board search engines will pick her resume up by the keywords. The lesson here is that it is fine to put popular keywords on your resume as long as you actually know what they are. It is also helpful to read your resume from time to time and refresh your memory about past projects.

The post has much more, and I truncated some of the points. Go read the whole thing:

Five Interview Lessons Learned from Horrible Interviews

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  • Rick

    The important point in your resume and in a job interview is to take an “outward” focus (how you can help the employer) rather than an “inward” focus (how the job will benefit you). They don’t care what you want; they want to know if you’re the solution to their problem. As for knowing what’s on your resume: Some job seekers don’t appreciate how critical the resume is: It’s a marketing tool designed to get you a job interview. But if someone catches you in a lie or an exaggeration regarding something on your resume, don’t be surprised if you’re eliminated from consideration.