What VP And Director Level Interview Candidates Have In Common

The company is in search of a seasoned professional to fill a vacant position. The human resources department received a higher number of applications than normal, which is great, we can be a bit more selective. The corporate recruiter has his hands full screening the candidates. Some are direct applicants, and others are through recruiters. The ones who made it past the phone screenings are scheduled for in-person interviews.

The candidates I interviewed in person so far, have about twenty years of professional experience. Most of them are experienced VPs and Directors. I like to review resumes and try to read between the lines to extract as much information as possible to formulate interview questions.

As I’m reviewing each candidate’s job experiences, employers, and employment dates, I discovered something that many of them have in common. Was it exemplary leadership skills? Impressive accomplishments? Or perhaps, great management experience? Nope. The thing they have in common are resume typos. I didn’t expect to see typos from seasoned professionals. Am I missing something here? Are resume typos no longer a big deal?

From what I can tell, I’m sure the candidates used spell check. However, I think they relied solely on it and didn’t review their resume with a fine-tooth comb. Spell check is convenient, but it isn’t perfect. Sometimes, even grammar check is a hit or miss.

Take a look at the mock resume items below:

  • Promoted to shift supervisor and managed a team of 20 union workers.
  • Planned and coordinated weekly status update meetings for executive board members.

Now, let’s look at the same sentences, but with slight changes. Both sentences passed the spell check test, but obviously, have errors.

  • Promoted to shift supervisor and mangled a team of 20 onion workers.
  • Planed and coordinated weekly status update meetings four executive board members.

When you update the resume, use spell and grammar check, but don’t forget to read through it carefully, one line at a time and have someone else review it. A fresh pair of eyes can help pick out errors and inconsistencies.

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