Having personally interviewed thousands of job applicants and being very particular about who I hire, I'd like to pass on some not so obvious tips that will give you an edge in finding that right person for the job.
• Google the person's name for red flags - I'm looking for comments or posts made to Web sites or groups. Is this person a 24/7 online game player?
• Online profiles - You would be amazed at how many people I haven't hired because of what they have posted for the world to see online.
• Review their voicemail greetings - I recently returned a call to a job applicant whose voicemail greeting was, "Hey, not available to talk 'cuz I've been out partying all night - leave a message - back at you." I simply hung up without leaving a message.
• E-mail address - If the applicants e-mail address is partyanimal at abc.com or drinkallnight at abc.com, you might want to think twice about this potential candidate.
• They've done their homework - Has the applicant reviewed your Web site and knows your mission and vision statements? Ideally, the job applicant does this without your prompting, before the interview.
• In the beginning - The first interview is about you the employer! I am constantly amazed by the number of applicants that are all about "me, me, me."
• Never a place and time - Does the applicant cuss? If they do in a series of job interviews, I assure you it is only the tip of the iceberg.
© 2009 Successco
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