I hired someone today and I just thought I'd like to share my thought process as I was going through my candidates.
The position was for a sales position, and I wanted an individual who knew how to take charge of a situation. Which was one of the few things I even mentioned in my ad. I also mentioned I wanted creativity and this would a commission only position.
I interviewed 13 candidates, and I'll explain to you why I hired the person that I did.
The other people never once took charge in the interview, they were idle and placenent. When I would take them out for a coffee they'd want me to order before them, never once taking charge when I sat them down they would wait for me to drink first before they would drink etc...All signs of someone who is timid.
Their resumes were generic at best, well thought out and no mistakes but never the less generic.
Then I had a guy who came in, he listed his college as the school of hard knocks I asked him what he meant by that he responded "I started working when I was 14, and learned most of my lessons the hard way" I responded "And do you feel that benefited you and if so how?" He responded "Yes it has benefited me, cause I learned a long time ago making the same mistake twice hurts twice as much the second time"
On his resume instead of saying "Work Experience" he had "People who I made money for" I thought that was a cool idea, on each one of the work experiences he listed how much profit he bought them, increase in sales, etc the stuff I CARE ABOUT. He didn't list his supreme ability to be bring his supervisor coffee.
His greatest weakness? Gets very upset when his profit margins don't meet the level he desires (I liked that answer)
His greatest strength? "his numbers" he meant his sales.
I hired him cause he was creative, quick on his feat, and didn't give me lame generic answers.
So next time you go into a interview considering doing things a bit differently.