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I really want to help people out there to get hired. I think it might be beneficial as a CEO of  my company who does make the final hiring decisions share my experiences while I search for candidates for my open positions.

I can not stress enough if you get called on the interview please do your homework.
Say you sent this great cover letter and resume. You go that call you have been anticipating. The interview is set up for next week. Do your homework -research the companies website, corporate culture and what they are most passionate about? Are there any past articles that you can view online to give you any further insight to have you as the inspiring candidate stand out among a sea of resumes. After interviewing I have head a few typical excuses/pitfalls I would like to share with you to help you to avoid them yourself.

• When I asked him if he had visited our company’s website he said they were too busy to check it out. Here’s the thing-why are you interviewing for a job for a place you know little about. It’s like picking up a dress off of the rack and not looking at the dress size. How do you even know if you are the right fit or if you would be happy there?

• I asked her if she had any printed materials to demonstrate her ability to write, sell or be organized? The typical response is my computer broke, I was out of town and I just got in. But upon further probing she really just didn’t have anything that represents her work. So tell me again how have you convinced me that you can really do the work?

• Don’t provide personal references. They are of no value to me unless they are from a credible business setting. I’m sure your BFF is cool but my time is limited.

• I had a person state they didn’t check out our site prior to the interview then proceeded to surf the net to read our website during the interview. This is not the time to decide you needed to do some research. I can’t evaluate if you can perform the job duties if you are unaware of what type of business I am in.

• Read the entire job posting before you send your materials. I can’t tell you how many people really don’t read the entire posting, send a resume and then question the job details. This gives me the impression I am just another number that you sent out of 50 today. Slow down and check out the details.

Overall it’s really easy to stand out as a great candidate with a little effort and avoid the pitfalls of the above. It would be better to spend 5 minutes prepping for 10 good job interviews rather than spending countless hours on interviews that go no where.  I believe you are a great candidate and care about your work or you wouldn’t be reading this post. I wish you much success in your job search.