People are often intimidated by the prospect of summarizing their work experience in resume form but most eventually get past their fears to draft presentable resumes. An error-free and well written resume can prompt employers to extend interview invitations to those who appear most qualified on paper. Unfortunately, a recent survey suggests employers often end up being more impressed with job hunters' resumes than the job hunters themselves.
According to global staffing company Robert Half International, which developed the survey, over half the executives surveyed said it's common for job applicants with impressive resumes to fail to meet expectations during interviews.Read More
You've heard of those brain teaser job interview questions that you may encounter on your job search someday. No matter how much you may prepare yourself for a job interview, you may never be completely ready when an interviewer asks you something like "why are manhole covers round?" Even that question has been asked so often by now, it's considered one of the easy ones. Microsoft is partly to blame.
Ever since the Seattle-based software giant made news a few years ago for asking applicants questions like "How many golf balls does it take to fill a 747?", more and more companies have been adding their own mindbenders to the interview mix – and it's not just at software behemoths like Microsoft, but also at consulting firms and investment banks like Goldman Sachs and Smith Barney. Don't feel prepared just because you've got a bulletproof resume, solid skill set and have thoroughly researched the company you're interviewing for. Be ready for something unorthodox to pop up out of the blue.Read More