This was never something I thought I would do. I answered an ad five years ago, and have now interviewed hundreds of C-suite job seekers and turned their words and experiences into snapshots of what they bring to the table. I really enjoy the people at the firm, even though I am occasionally driven to pull my hair out, gobble Advil, or both. It is a sometimes mind-boggling, occasionally frustrating gig that is great fodder for an essay about what candidates say on a phone interview. While I work on that piece, here are some of the sad facts I’ve learned from the resume-reading portion of the process. (Shannon, Dianne S. and Diana C. – this one’s for you!)
I am no longer surprised that career execs with decades of experience and six-figure salaries…
… can’t write a sentence with a subject, a verb, and appropriate punctuation.
… can’t spell and don’t use spellcheck.
… think we will be impressed by a list of high school awards received 40 years ago.
… include gag-worthy statements like “I iterate effectively” or “teamwork gets me going.”
… don’t realize that hundreds of other candidates aim for uniqueness by describing themselves as “a strategic and highly successful, team-oriented change agent.”
Stay tuned for what they say on the phone!