Meet the One Who Didn’t Read the Resume

Meet the One Who Didn’t Read the Resume

by Kerry Scott on 2 October 2009


Once I had a guy who had applied for a sales manager position.  This was a big job, with a six figure salary, and this guy had a pretty impressive resume.

We set up a phone interview, and I called him at the scheduled time.  We got through the preliminary questions, and then I moved on to the stuff about his experience.

I asked him about a particular achievement he’d listed on his resume.  It was the third bullet down for his current job.

He had no idea what I was talking about.  No clue.

I read to him, word-for-word, the bullet point I was talking about on his resume, thinking maybe he was nervous or I wasn’t being clear or something.

He said, “Really?  It says that?”

Clue:  If you’re going to have someone else write your resume for you, you should at least read it before the interview.  That way, you’ll know what stuff they fabricated, and you can play along more effectively.

Tales of the Cluefree appear pretty much every Friday. Past stories are here.

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HRPufnstuf October 2, 2009 at 9:22 am

Ouch! That should qualify for a Darwin Award.
.-= HRPufnstuf´s last blog ..Friday Fun – Whose Your Mascot? =-.

Evil HR Lady October 2, 2009 at 11:01 am

I so love Fridays. These stories are so awesome.
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Melissa October 3, 2009 at 12:46 am

He applies for a sales manager position and doesn’t have the skills to do what it takes to sell himself (like know his resume)? Wow, that’s bad, and so very funny!
.-= Melissa´s last blog ..“Meet Sue” =-.

Carla October 3, 2009 at 4:30 pm

Wow! I cant imagine having someone else write my resume. Proofread yes, but not write it.
.-= Carla´s last blog ..My Tipping Point =-.

Maggie May October 3, 2009 at 9:25 pm

that should be a snippet on 30 Rock
.-= Maggie May´s last blog ..Books At Home =-.

mouse October 4, 2009 at 10:40 pm

I wrote my boyfriend’s resume for him (based on information he provided and no fabrications because I don’t know squat about hardwood floor installations and couldn’t lie on it if I wanted to) because I’m a junkie for formatting MS Word documents. He read it before heading off to the interview. Smart boy I got there.

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