It’s very easy to get lost in the fluff with an applicant. I can’t tell you how many times I can’t wait to do a telephone interview with someone because of their resume. As the interview goes on they are not what they appear.I have had applicants talk to me about specific tools or systems they have used and as I keep asking probing questions they get lost in their own words. Some will tell me about their Microsoft Suite experience by telling me their dad bought them a JR PC when they were 5. To this day I will never understand what getting a JR PC at age 5 has to do with Microsoft Suite.
"My family has been friends with his forever, we grew up just down the street from him so I would be a great fit, you need to hire me."
"Why wouldn’t I want to work for someone with a name as big as theirs? I could tell all my friends and family who I am working for."
"I would love to see them at the office every day. Maybe I would even get a new outfit for my first day."
"Will they be doing the interviews? If so can I bring my mom? She is a huge fan."
So out of all these screening experiences, I have put together three main tips:
1. Please, please, please, be honestI will always circle back later in the interview and see if key answers match up. When the wrong candidates, 9 times out of 10 they are not even close. If I revisit a question and get a different answer, that sends up many red flags.
2. Be polite, but also make sure to show the real youIf you’re filling out an application, always think twice before answering any question. You can complete the application and let it sit for an hour or so, then go back and review your answer to make sure they show the real you before submitting it. If its meant to be it will be.
3. It’s all about the relationship between you and the jobscreening questions for your benefit and theirs. They aren’t looking to hear about how much you love something that has nothing to do with the job opening but why you would be a perfect fit for the job and their company.
Written by Sue Kelly
Sue’s eyes are laser-sharp when it comes to talent and experience. She will spot a perfect fit for your organization no matter how complex the profile you’re looking for. Think of her as the Sherlock to our Watsons.