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Wanted: Candidates who READ

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Last night I submitted a couple of job postings to Monster, Craigslist, LinkedIn, Doostang, and xp-jobs. This morning, the flood gates are opened. I have a ton of resumes to go through.  So, how to get through them all? 

I’ve written about candidate selection, and the iotum interviewing process (loosely based on the Microsoft process) before.  One of the most important factors I look at is "does the candidate read and follow directions". That is, did they read the entire job posting?  Are they qualified?  Did they make a complete submission?

  • Our job postings say you have to be in Ottawa, and have a Canadian work permit.  Sure, if an exceptional candidate wasn’t local, we might make an exception and find a way to relocate that person here.  But generally, I am not interested in resumes from the far east, or the former eastern bloc.
  • Our job postings are pretty clear about the skill set we are looking for.  Do not, repeat, DO NOT apply for a job you’re not qualified for.  When you submit a sales persons resume for a developers job, you’re wasting both our time.
  • And finally, our job postings all ask you to submit the solution to a problem alongside your application.  They all say "to move your resume to the top of the pile" you should submit a problem solution.  Fact: I never look at resumes that don’t come with a problem solution.  We get enough candidates submitting a problem solution that it’s not required.

If you’re looking for a job, read the listing in its entirety before applying.  Make your best effort on your application.  That’s what we’re looking for.  People who care enough to do their best.

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  • Dan December 18, 2005, 11:01 am

    I agree, to be able to read and follow direction is important; however, a manager that is not strictly autocratic is required in the development world. PS: I saw your latest job posting and am intrigued, from what I see the questions you ask on them are similar to the short ones my prof would ask on quizzes.

    Best of luck 😉

  • Alec December 18, 2005, 11:14 am

    Paradoxically, Dan, I think that's why we're so fussy about the application process. We're not autocratic, at all. We need folks who do quality work, think for themselves, and don't have to be motivated by a manager breathing down their neck.

    Thanks for the good wishes.

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