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For those who have not been following me on twitter you have been missing out on some helpful (if not sarcastic) job-hunting tips that I learned throughout my job hunt a few years back.

I have been on both sides of the interview table, so I have interjected a lot of my pet peeves to this list for candidates that I have met and wondered what they were thinking when they showed up to my job interview.

They are worth a read, and many of them apply to all jobs (and some are me being a smart ass). Some of the best Job Hunting Tips:

314Always wear clean underwear to a job interview but never show them to your interviewer either
41Tell someone you are using as a reference before you use them, “… who? That Idiot? I would never hire them!”, could be your reference. Ensure all your naked photos are well hidden on your social media as well.
271Be Precise, e.g. “When I invented the Internet, I was working at…”, no one likes vagueness in job interviews
666Be complimentary with your interviewer: “That outfit doesn’t make you look nearly as fat…”
69Humor has a place but don’t do the Uncle Buck mole bit if the interviewer has one (don’t be a twiddler)
13If anyone asks you about your religious views, claim to be a Druid or a follower of Zeus
44One answer that always gets the interviewer’s attention “Why the f*ck would you ask me that?”
313Scents make you memorable at an interview, but don’t eat bean burritos 2 hours beforehand. You are too memorable then
535Arguing with your interview about technical issues is OK, but will your being right (in your opinion) get you the job?
345At the interview, be sincere (once you can fake it, you are in)!
478The more the interviewer talks, the better you are doing, except if they are yelling about your lack of skills
87The only person you can “throw under the bus” in an interview is yourself, don’t blame others, explain why
101It’s good to seem to know a lot, but very bad to appear to be a Know-it-all , keep that in mind
311Network more with people who have jobs, not as much with folks who are also looking for jobs
444Over 80% of jobs are found through “connections” and “contacts”, so get out and interact with folks!
665When interviewer asks “Any questions”, do not ask, “What are your sick leave rules like?”, first.
3Think you are indispensable? You may be, until you are dispensed, start looking for jobs before you are dispensed.
129Be agreeable but not a suck-up (unless that is what they want, then be one), and be yourself once you have the job
37Don’t answer the question “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” with “Doing your job, or better your boss”
333Don’t answer the question “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” with “Doing your job, or better your boss.”
Not sure these are all completely on the level, but you never know.

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Hope these help. Stay tuned I do have some more coming.

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  1. I like you questions so much I think I borrow them and use them the next time I interview! Good thing, I am in my last formal career. Funny stuff!

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