For the last couple of weeks, I have been doing a ton of job postings, interviews and hiring. Some of it can be fun, but most of it is drudgery.
Basically people are trying to put on their best front for me and I have to look at their email, their previous work and their resume and try to find problems. If I can’t find any problems there I will schedule an interview. Throughout the interview I will try to find weaknesses or potential problems with having this person join my team. You would be very surprised at how high a percentage of people there are who have glaring problems.
What are some of the top mistakes I see that lead me to discard someone from my list of candidates?
- Poor writing skills. Mistakes in their email to me or on their resume. A professional nowadays must be a good writer.
- Requesting a ridiculous amount of money.
- Poor previous work (design or development)