That all important question – Tell me about yourself

This question has been a standard mainstay of alot of interviewers. I am pretty sure as a candidate, you must have got this question and its variations before.

I had an interesting chat with a pre-sales people manager who interviews day in day out and he told me he usually makes up his mind if this person cant cut it in the first 5 mins. Now being a Lou Adler – Evidence based hiring practitioner, I don’t cut the person off mentally at the 10min mark as much as I personally might not like the person. We have this shared practice that we need to be impartially and evaluate the candidate’s strengths and weaknesses for the role factually.

20 July 2016

What to wear to an interview? (For the ladies)

This topic has been talked about for ages but…we still see inappropriate stuff day in, day out!

Another good reason why we have to do a face to face meeting :)

Here goes:

1. No bling on your nails

Stickers, fancy nail art…I don’t know much about nail art but the impression I got is that it brings people attention to your nails. Great but in a job interview, you really want the interviewer to focus on your abilities for the job, not ask you where you did your nails…I am sure the former lends more weight to you actually getting the job!

11 June 2015

6 Guidelines to a Polished Resume

1. Quantify your achievements

We come across sales candidates cv with no references to the numbers, no quota, no achievement…just lots of BD for this and that, covering which markets, spearheading some new initiatives…No. As long as it is a sales CV, it has to have numbers.

11 June 2015

Interview Etiquette

Came across this article the other day and I totally dig...

1. Don’t step on the last 3 words of someone’s conversation.

It is only polite to let people finish their sentences.

15 March 2015