- Imagine a person applying for a faculty position sending in a 15 page resume. Do you think anyone is going to read it? (Resumes are typically much much shorter, and I doubt Barack Obama's resume is 15 pages)
- Imagine someone sending a cover letter saying they were looking forward to interviewing...except it lists the name of another college. What does that say about an applicant?
- Imagine reading a resume for a non-labor position and seeing someone listing their height and weight...why would I care if I were an interviewer?
- Imagine a resume or cover letter with typographical errors that are so mangled that they are near unreadable at points. Guess what happens to that resume?
- Imagine a resume arriving for a position that requires a certain degree, and the person doesn't make their degree clear on their resume. Guess what happens to that resume?
- Imagine showing up for an interview for a highly paid position...in jeans and a t-shirt. What message does that send?
- Imagine not being on time for an interview...what message does that send interviewers?
- Imagine being asked about your current job and talking bad about them. Even if it is true, that sends a poor message!
I saw an article on the Web at some point that details some of the common interviewing mistakes people make, and I thought it might be a decent thing to link.
Link to article