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flattop BS: Job Interview - Explaining the gaps (37) RE: BS: Job Interview - Explaining the gaps 16 Mar 04


If you have an interview, you're ahead of the pack. Most written applications get rejected without getting an interview. Pat youself on the back.

Focus on the problems the interviewer needs to address as much as possible. You can get by almost any showstopper if they feel that you can best take care of their problems.

A Wiley book, The Executive Resume, covered surveys of people with hiring authority for decent paying jobs. A majority said they would (a) overlook advertised requirements like degrees and experience
(b) hire people with criminal records and bad work histories
if they felt they were getting great candidate.

The most important thing with people having hiring authority, according to the surveys was that applicants put lots of white space on their resumes. Surprized the hell out of me too. But it makes sense. They are concerned about their time and their aggraviation. A simple, neat and clean resume that promises to do the job would stand out in a pile of slush. We tend to write and say too much because we are insecure.   

Promise to solve their problem. Be interested in their annoyances. Ask questions. Good luck.

Tomorrow I'll need your support.

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