Tag Archives: Jobs

10 Bizarre Things Candidates Did in Job Interviews!

We all have been through the tough times of sitting in front of the hiring managers and being judged for our behavior and charisma. Grilling interview sessions can be nerve-wrecking and panicking, but does that justify brining in pets for an interview? Sounds bizarre no?

Here is our collection of some of the most bizarre things that candidates have done during the interviews, which almost costed them the job!   Have you had any such experience too?

  1. A candidate brought his pet bird in his shirt.
    His bird wanted the job, maybe.
  2. A candidate opened her brief-case, took out a large bag and started to re-apply her make-up; that too in the interview room in front of the managers.
    Maybe, she wanted all the attention, but didn’t she already have it all?
  3. A candidate applied lotion to her feet during the interview.
    What was it? Some sort of cracked feet emergency!
  4. When asked about his current employer, the candidate started using cuss words; “My manager is a jerk. All managers are jerks.”
    Wasn’t the interviewer a manager? Fingers crossed…
  5. When being complimented on the choice of college and the GPA achieved, the candidate replied “I am glad it received your attention, I didn’t really go there.”
    That is not lying; It’s called seeking attention.
  6. A candidate took a telephonic interview in the toilet­‑ and flushed, in between.
    Very well done, but, asking to call in a few minutes wouldn’t have hurt much.
  7. A company employee went to receive a prospective candidate on the airport, where the candidate said “it is way too cold to live and work in this city” and took a flight way back home without even meting the hiring manager.
    Priorities. Priorities.
  8. When asked about their current salary, the candidate replied “I really don’t see, how this is your business.”
    He was clearly uncomfortable with the manager, after-all all managers are jerks.
  9. A candidate started to Google an answer to a question.
    Now, that is called a smart move.
  10. A candidate started feeling the heartbeat of the interviewer so that they could have a heart-to-heart connection.
    That shouldn’t have been weird; at least they tried to have a good start.

Appearing for a job interview is more than preparing answers to some questions but also putting a good impression of your innate personality. Maybe, these candidates literally took it to another level, but having a solid understanding of the role and the company and knowing the exact way of delivering your thoughts is the key to crack any job interview.

 

 

Top 10 Resume tips to win a job!

The maximum time an interviewer takes to read a resume is not more than 30 seconds. And the only chance of connecting to the recruiter and convincing him/her to call you for the interview is through your resume.

Here are 10 points to ensure that your resume catches the eye, always

1. Minimum is the new Maximum-
Gone are the days of four to five page detailed resumes. Try keeping it precise and avoid putting irrelevant information, because interviewer only wants to know your skills and abilities, not your lifetime achievements or personal information.

2. Don’t let it grow too long, or cut it too short-
In order to get a single page resume, people often cut the meat out of their resume. A two page resume with required details will do no harm, but don’t add any if only one page can work.

3. Avoid Typos and Grammatical errors-
If the interviewer finds an error in your resume, besides all the enticing skills and qualifications you must have mentioned in your resume, he’s right away going to reach the conclusion.
“This person can’t even write properly!” or “This person doesn’t even care!”

4. Too congested to breathe-
Your resume needs to look very attractive to the eyes. But it doesn’t mean that five different types of fonts are required on a single page, it will only repel the interviewer. Keep it clean and consistent. Check with friends and family and take their feedback. If you do not hear some wows, then something is wrong!

5. Ditch the Objective Statement-
The old statement of objective is now out of fashion. Try using a summary statement instead, which is actually a summary of your skills/ qualifications to give an idea of the value you can add, to the interviewer.

6. Forget ‘one-size fits all’-
Before sending your resume to any company, try modifying it according to the job profile and company requirements. Using proper headings and keywords makes it easier for your resume to reach to the desk of the interviewer from the large resume database.

7. Be organized and logical-
Other than showing off your skill-set, your resume is also going to tell a lot about your personality and your way of thinking. Try avoiding extra spaces, keep it balanced and neat with clearly separate sections, proper bullet points and suitable headings. Use chronological ordering and explain the year gaps, because gaps left unexplained are going to make the interviewer assume.

8. Put the best stuff first-
We often put our educational qualifications at first and our accomplishments later. This is totally wrong! Interviewers are least concerned about your qualifications, what they only care is how much you really know to implement!

9. Always send a PDF-
All your hard work of formatting and arranging the document can get messed up, once, the recruiter opens the .doc document in his/her PC. Better convert it to PDF and then click on ‘send’.

10. Don’t forget to stay updated-
There is no perfect format for a resume, it always keeps on changing. People keep on coming up with different visually attractive resumes. Stay updated with the latest trends, and design your resume accordingly.

Write and Proofread. Avoid the common pitfalls and create a hero resume! Good Luck!