Resumes and Interviews from the Hiring Manager's Perspective

D1588981e0248aaa0174906c99df180e?s=47 Andy Lester
August 22, 2012

Resumes and Interviews from the Hiring Manager's Perspective

From the Career TOOLS Conference, 2012-08-22

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Andy Lester

August 22, 2012
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    Resumes and Interviewing from the Hiring Manager’s Perspective Andy Lester

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    My three questions about you 1. “Can she do the

    job?” 2. “Do I want her working for me?” 3. “Do I want her on the team?”
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    Resume questions  Should I put skills first, or education?

     Does it have to be only one page?  Should I list extra-curriculars?  Should I leave off . . .  Should I tell about my . . .
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    Key resume principles  Reader attention is scarce commodity. 

    Most important first. Least important last.  Give facts, not self-assessments.  Good stuff only! Leave off any fluff.  Give detail. Tell stories. Use numbers.
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    “No good movie is too long and no bad movie

    is short enough.” Roger Ebert
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    Lose the clichés  Professional  Industrious; hard worker 

    Good people person; team player  Motivated; self-starter; makes things happen  Strong communication skills
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    Use numbers!  Numbers draw the eye.  Numbers give

    a sense of size.  Numbers are the language of business.  Numbers express dollars and time.
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    Boring bullet points  Provide desktop support by phone or

    in person as needed to minimize downtime  Maintained hardware inventory and software licensing for office computers.
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    Interesting bullet points  Provide desktop support by phone or

    in person. Averaged 8.2 calls/day with 92% of user problems solved in under 30 minutes.  Maintained hardware inventory for 120 office computers and software licensing of 45 different applications across the enterprise.
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    July 2010-present Night Operations Technician, Bug-Be-Gone Corp. * Maintained insect

    population by applying insecticides with truck-mounted sprayer. * Precisely tracked assigned paths through areas served. It came from my inbox
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    Your cover letter Your email is the cover letter. Highlights

    the extra-good stuff in the resume Shows that you care enough to send a personalized cover letter. Shows that you know about the company.
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    A good cover letter Dear Mr. Lester, My colleague Richard

    Dice referred me to the job recently posted on example.com. I believe that I can help Elsinore Publishing with my skills, including: 4 years of computer programming experience. 3 years working with Oracle databases. A BS in computer science from UIUC, with a 3.7 GPA. Experience in the book industry, and a natural love of books. I look forward for a chance to meet with you to discuss your needs and how I can help you and Elsinore.
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    I am much more than a programmer. In my long

    and varied work history, I have performed such jobs as knife salesman, manager of a hardware store, extracting retinas from bovine eyes as a neurological lab assistant, flower delivery driver and retirement home activities director, all of which make me a well-rounded candidate. It came from my inbox
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    I am much more than a programmer. In my long

    and varied work history, I have performed such jobs as knife salesman, manager of a hardware store, extracting retinas from bovine eyes as a cow eye sucker, cow eye sucker and cow eye sucker, all of which make me a well-rounded cow eye sucker. It came from my inbox
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    Hiring Manager’s Goals  “Can she do the job?” 

    “Do I want her working for me?”  “Do I want her on the team?”  Help convince candidate she should work for me and my company.
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    Candidate’s task  “Can I do the job?”  Convince

    the HM you can do the job.  Get a job offer, or move closer to it.
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    After the offer  “Do I want to work for

    this guy?”  “Do I want to work on this team?”
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    Tell me about yourself.  Did she do any research?

     Is she prepared?  How does she speak?  Does she take pride in her work?  What else should I ask about?
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    Where do you want to be in five years? 

    Does he have any sort of plan?  Does he work on self-improvement?  Will I have a place for him?
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    Why do you want to work for us? What do

    you know about our company?
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    Why do you want to work for us?  Has

    she done research?  Is this just another job for her?  What drives her?
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    Tell me about a project that didn’t go well. 

    Is he a blamer/whiner?  Can he learn from mistakes?  How are his personal skills?  Alternate: “Tell me someone you have trouble getting along with.”
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    Key takeaways  Your awesomeness is not self-evident.  Give

    evidence, not self-assessments.  Use numbers to give detail.  Think like the hiring manager. You both want the same thing.
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    What’s your Google footprint?  What will I see when

    I Google your name?  Have you tried it yourself? Past the first page of hits? In the past six months?  Set up a Google Alert to keep up on mentions of your name.  http://google.com/alerts/
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    15 ways to kill an interview 1. Show up late

    2. Be unprepared 3. Chew gum, smell like smoke, bring a drink 4. Shake hands like a fish 5. Have bad breath or body odor
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    15 ways to kill an interview 6. Come underdressed 7.

    Speak ill of anyone, including especially past employers 8. Complain or discuss your problems 9. Bring up your needs: Money, benefits 10. Lie
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    15 ways to kill an interview 11. Appear uninterested 12.

    Appear overenthusiastic or desperate 13. Fail to ask your own questions 14. Leave your phone on 15. Cut the interview short