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Top 10 Interview Blunders


A Holiday Season Gift for Recruiters and Their Candidates Everywhere

** As featured on the front page cover of December, 2006 issue of The Fordyce Letter by FRANK G. RISALVATO, CPC

The Top Ten interview blunders that cost people jobs and offers have been compiled from nineteen years of record keeping and observations. And now for the drum roll please.

The Top Ten Blunders are:
1. Poorly Designed/Unflattering Resume
2. Bad Telephone Interview Etiquette
3. Neglecting to Research Company
4. Lack of Position Knowledge or “Client M.D.O.”
5. Inadequate Interview Closing Techniques
6. Dropping the “Post-Interview Follow-up” ball
7. Failure to Follow Recruiter Instructions
8. Forgetting to Ask for the Job
9. Email Addiction
10. Circumventing your Executive Recruiter or Staffing Consultant

#1 Poorly Designed Resume
60% of the resumes floating around in cyberspace and landing in email inboxes are not doing the job their supposed to do which is to highlight the strengths of the underlying candidate in the best possible light. Expert staffing consultants and executive recruiters possess more sophisticated training than conventional corporate human resource staff � and may see past the formatting snafus to identify the candidate and help correct the resume for the candidate. But not everyone will be fortunate to encounter an executive recruiter to bail them out. The resume must:
– Present the strengths and highlights
– Be electronically scannable

In cases where the resume is well-composed it is usually not electronically friendly. This creates the next hurdle. Using excessive tables, cells and “styling” with MS Word actually works against you. MS Word also inserts excessive formatting when someone chooses the “Resume Template” option (one of the worst choices for building an electronically friendly resume). Search Google under “Scannable Resume” and you will find thousands of articles explaining why no one is calling you back.

How To Land a ____ Job

Thank you for contacting us. We are sensitive to the fact that undergoing a career search may be an unfamiliar process to you. Because of this fact, we have compiled some very valuable information for you; including resume tips, interviewing tips, and strategies to help you in your search for a new career opportunity.

This has been compiled to help you – the candidate – to successfully land a new position. Please take the time to read this.

  1. 10 Tips for Dealing with Recruiters
  2. Questions Recruiters Receive From Candidates
  3. Resume Do’s and Don’ts
  4. Candidate Interviewing Tips
  5. Interviews
  6. Important Interview Questions and Your Answers
  7. 10 Reasons for Not Accepting a Counter Offer
  8. Resume Design Tips & Example
  9. Beefing Up an Anemic Resume
  10. The Dangers of Resume Overkill
  11. Improve your Resume – In today’s competitive employment market, your resume has to stand out in order to get the attention of the decision maker and create a strong impression
  12. Top 10 Interview Blunders
  13. Resume Tips for Engineers Over 40
  14. Book – How to land a Job in a World of High Unemployment

For additional information on interviewing, and career search methods I highly recommend a book called: Knock em Dead and Knock em Dead Resumes, written by Martin Yate.

Gary Perman is a certified recruiting professional and owns PermanTech, which specializes in recruiting technology executives, managers and engineers. He hosts an employment-technology blog.

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