Saturday, December 18, 2010

Candidate Tip - Part 9

Few months back, I started the ‘Candidate Tip Series’ on this blog with an intention to answer recruitment related questions from readers. The series was introduced in an attempt to avoid redundancy in replies. I tweet these tips on my twitter account too, and use #candidatetip for the tips.

If you are a candidate, hope this helps. If not, you can help send this post to people searching for answers. I’ll continue to take questions and should you have one, you can send it to

Looking for the earlier posts on candidate tips? You can read them here

  1. It's not a good idea to get your spouse to answer the phone, when an interviewer calls at a scheduled time. It's awkward!

  2. If you're sharing your LinkedIn profile as a resume, don't include your personal Twitter/Blog Link.

  3. Think twice before you take a role that requires you to report to a friend.

  4. Why on earth would you want to put your sun-sign on your resume?! Beats me. Unless off course you're asked. That would be weird!

  5. There's no real benefit in adding a redundant/not-in-use LinkedIn link in your resume. Avoid it.

  6. Coming from a competitor definitely gives you an edge, but you still need to ace the interviews. Take nothing for granted!

  7. It's not a great idea to take another interview on phone, while you wait in the lobby for the present one to start!

  8. Try to not change your contact number(s) in the middle of an interview process. If you have to, keep the recruiter informed.

  9. Yes, your spouse might be a financial analyst/genius., but the job offer and its components will only be discussed with you!

  10. It's ok to ask the hiring manager a few questions on his/her style of management. You'll know if it works for you or not.

  11. Your colleague(s) might be leaving the team, but it isn't a reason for you to look for a job change! Unless the entire project/program is canned.

  12. It's not a good sign when you want re-negotiate after having already accepted the job offer. Think, ask questions and then say yes.