Friday, October 16, 2009

Hiring: Candidate Tip - Part 2

So if you haven’t read this post yet, then I’ll just recap a bit. I get a lot of questions around recruitment related activities from candidates. In an attempt to avoid redundancy in replies, I’ve started posting answers on Twitter using #candidatetip. Here’s the next set of candidate tips. If you are a candidate, hope this helps. If not, you can help send this post to someone you know, searching for answers. I’ll continue to take questions and should you have one, you can send it to

  1. Get to know the 'Role & Responsibility' of the new job/position. Title/designation means zilch if you end up not liking the work.

  2. Don't 'password protect' your resume when you send it for a job opening. It looks silly. What purpose would it serve? Check twice before you send out your resume.

  3. If you are asked for a good time to schedule an interview, think & then answer. One reschedule is OK. 2nd reschedule sends out wrong signals. You gave the time, means you have to plan accordingly.

  4. Deactivate your account on job portals if you don't want to be notified of new job openings. Why have it there when you're not keen on a job change? Unnecessarily creates negative impressions.

  5. 'Got stuck in traffic' isn't an excuse anymore! Cities are crowded / getting crowded. Plan better & leave early for an interview.

  6. Leaving a contact number on your resume helps reach you faster than through an email. Unless you are connected 24x7 & even then a recruiter would want to call before scheduling.

  7. If you don't answer your phone even the second time around; your turn to talk just got pushed to the end of the list.

  8. Please read your resume thoroughly before an interview. It looks bad if you don't know what's on Page 2 of your own resume!

  9. Don’t put an interviewer on-hold during phone interviews! If u have to take another call, keep the interviewer informed beforehand.

  10. Ask for a 100% hike in compensation. ONLY if you have enough rationale. Not because someone from somewhere told you to ask!

  11. Are you a manager/lead? Then you need to learn to describe your ‘management style’s in an interview. Easy to locate fluff! Avoid it.

  12. If you aren't ok with relocating to another city, why would you want to interview for a position based there? You’re wasting time.

  13. Watch your words! Using 'slangs' is not appreciated in interviews. Even if you said it bymistake. Avoid it.

  14. Number of years of work experience doesn't guarantee (rather shouldn't guarantee) a move to the next role! Don't assume.

  15. Don't type your entire resume in CAPS!! Looks ridiculous & not to mention, very rude.