Several years ago, I wrote a blog about weird things to say in an interview. Recently I have been helping out by interviewing some candidates for a position at Walker. Several of them have been pretty good but several were not. I recognize I just wrote a blog that the job market for skilled individuals is in great shape, but candidates should still be polished and prepared in an interview.
As I interviewed these people, I discovered I have several pet peeves when I interview candidates:
1. Don't try to dodge questions, given an open and honest answer and nothing else, most of the time we can see through the dance.
2. Anyone here knows it really bugs me when a candidate does not have any questions for us. We are a consulting company and what I believe we are hired to do is to be inquisitive, ask questions and seek out answers. Not having any questions in an interview makes me question one's ability to be insightful with our clients. It also makes me question the preparedness of the interviewer.
3. When asked what you know about Walker, DO NOT say, "Nothing really". At least take 30 seconds and go online and come up with something.
4. Don't write a novel as a resume, keep it to key facts and key accomplishments, a resume is not to share everything you have ever done since high school.
I saw this article recently and thought it might be time for anyone reading this blog to brush up their interviewing skills if they are one of those almost 25% that plan to look for a job in the next six months.
What pet peeves do you have? What have you seen work well?
So with that, good luck and happy job hunting.