What an interviewer really thinks about that 10 page essay, I mean CV/Resume (Updated)

Just finished reading an interesting perspective of how to deal with a terrible interviewer and suddenly caused a random flashback to my own experience in the past as an interviewer myself and reading and reviewing endless essays, err CV/Resumes to find that right candidate to interview. And if I had to give just one suggestion, it would be this: Please don’t send me an essay/book about your life. 

True I am the furthest from being an expert when it comes to HR and recruitment, but I have been involved in the interview process for potential candidates many times in the past and first thought that comes to mind when I am handed a 5 page printout of someones CV is how much BS is there? 

Now do not get me wrong, I am sure these people have done incredible things over the last 10 years, ran amazing projects and have an endless list of skills, but if you add so much “fluff”, the reader either gets lost, loses interest or misses the points that are relevant to the job you are applying for, which leads me to my secondary recommendation, take the time to modify the CV to the job you are applying for. It’s perfectly ok to create a baseline CV, but tweak the content, the opener, the skills to the job and drop irrelevant stuff. I think this is another reason why people end up with such long CVs because they prepare one with every possible job combination, then mass send to all employers. Remember, you get only one chance to impress and land that interview!!


So pleased to find someone have same thoughts as me! Checkout Laszlo Bock’s blog on LinkedIn, in particular point 2. Better yet follow Laszlo Block for more great blogs and insights!

 Happy job hunting!! 

Plug for my employer on the topic of recruitment:

If you are seeking employment in Vietnam, be sure to checkout PycoGroup in Ho Chi Minh City! Also one of PycoGroups many successful Vietnam ventures Atlassian has several openings as well!


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