For the majority of candidates, the job interview is the most difficult portion of the hiring process. You’re under the gun to make a strong impression. And research we’ve conducted shows that you don’t have a lot of time to do so. Sixty percent hiring managers form an opinion of job seekers in 10 minutes or less. Almost one in five (18 percent) do it in half that time. With that in mind, here are six interview tips for the next time you’re across the desk from a potential employer — and six people who are doing it wrong, according to managers we’ve surveyed.
So much work, so little time. Maybe there aren’t enough people to get it all done, and it’s time to hire. But attracting the best candidates takes time and, well, let’s face it, money. If hiring is on your agenda in 2014, then let’s talk salary information.
When writing a resume, the spell-check function can be your best friend. But don’t rely on it entirely. As we all know, it won’t catch every error. In particular, it’s unlikely to flag a word that is spelled correctly but used incorrectly.
Is writing cover letters important? Uh, yeah, it is! Ninety-one percent of executives polled by Robert Half said cover letters are valuable when evaluating job candidates. So, be sure to include one with every resume you submit.
Let’s face it, writing a good resume is hard. One of the most difficult things about the process is that it requires intense attention to detail. In fact, 76 percent of executives surveyed by Robert Half said just one or two typos in a resume would remove applicants from consideration for a job; 40 percent said a single typo was enough to ruin your chances.