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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Proof of Job Skills during interview!


Never over state your competencies in a skill on your CV.
The interviewer is entitled to ask you to demonstrate the skills you claim to have
in your CV.
Here is an article published today in the Boston Globe, the message however applies everywhere.

Q. I recently had six separate interviews in one day for a job I really wanted. At the beginning of the fourth interview I was told, "You will need to demonstrate your expertise in Word and Excel at the end of the interview." I was caught off guard, but thought, “Word, no problem. Excel a little so so, but I can handle it.” However, the Hiring Manager stood over my shoulder the whole time. I blew it! Is this common practice now?

A. The job market is very competitive and more hiring managers are following the old adage of, “Hire slowly and fire quickly.” The interview process is extended as more stakeholders are invited to participate and the impact of making the right or wrong hire can wreck a budget, put timelines behind schedule and aggravate your best customers. Employers are looking for the perfect candidate; someone who has all the right skills, the right attitude, a willingness to work hard and is a good fit for the company's culture.

Because not everything can be discovered through interviews, employers have other tools that can be brought into the selection process. There are a wide variety of assessments to choose from based on the job, the level and responsibilities. Typing tests have been a way for candidates to demonstrate proficiency in Word and Excel. Technology firms use high level problem solving assignments.

As a candidate, you may or may not be alerted that the skills you need to perform on the job may be tested - your writing skills or your quantitative capabilities. If a third party is involved in the assessment, a psychologist or another type of clinician, there may be legal obligations to allow for you to provide a release of data.

While your Excel scores may not have been where you would have liked or met the criteria the hiring manager wanted, you can claim nervousness. It would be worth it to write a thank you and express your continued interest in the role. Comment on your disappointment in your demonstrated level of capability and your commitment to taking a number of courses to improve your efficiency. When you improve your skills, which hopefully will be very quickly, contact the hiring manager with a written demonstration of a new level of skill. It may make difference, and it can’t hurt.

The reality is to get an offer, your interview preparation needs to be complete. Evaluate what you believe will matter most to the employer to show them your performance will exceed expectations. Develop the skills; practice both the ability to showcase those skills and the communication abilities to discuss the skills.

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