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  • Unusual Antics and Questions

    02/20/12 3:53 PM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers, Informational, Job Seekers, Uncategorized | Leave a Comment
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    Today’s LA Times featured an article about the unusual antics and questions that some companies are using to hire their talent.  I’ve included the list of oddball interview questions that were included as well as the top reasons applicants made poor impressions during their interviews.

     Oddball questions:

    Name five uses for a stapler, without the staples

    What is 37 times 37?

    Are you exhaling warm air?

    Room, desk or car-which do you clean first?

    How would you get an elephant into a refrigerator?

    Would Gandhi have made a good software engineer?

    What do you think of garden gnomes?

    Please spell “diverticulitis”

    How many planes are currently flying over Kansas?

    Does life fascinate you?


    Reason applicants made poor impressions:

    Answered cellphone during interview

    Dressed inappropriately

    Appeared uninterested

    Spoke negatively about a current or previous employer

    Chewed gun

    Didn’t provide specific answer

    Didn’t ask good questions 

    The GREAT news is that we are seeing getting busier and busier in ALL of our offices!  There are great jobs and excellent companies out there so now is the time to get serious about that career search.  We’ll be there every step of the way to guide you through the maze of questions and interviews and be your advocate to get that job!  And the most oddball question we hope to ask you is “when can you start??!!!” 

    Be sure to refer your friends, family, neighbors and anyone who wants a terrific career.  Thank you for following us on Twitter, Facebook and LIKING us!

    Karenjo Goodwin


10/28/11 5:22 PM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Job Seekers | Leave a Comment
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I was talking to a candidate in our lobby this morning and I asked to see her resume.  She had terrific experience, exceptional skills and I have NO DOUBT that we will be placing her in a terrific career. BUT, I asked her to remove 3 things from her resume to give her the best possible opportunity to be considered by our clients.  These included:


  1.  Removing her picture from the resume.  It was small, professional looking and still not appropriate.  It’s discriminatory to make a decision about hiring you based on your appearance anyway, so there is no relevance in including a photo.  Additionally this is valuable space for you to include further skills and history information that SHOULD get you the job!
  2. Deleting her hobbies/old work history.  Her job at a retail store when she was in high school was unnecessary compared to the 14 years of career experience that she obtained since that time.  Removing that early job gave her more white space to add pertinent info. on more current experience.  Sharing her hobby of sky diving, while pretty darn cool, would not convince her possible employer that she is the appropriate accounting candidate for them.
  3. Take out the infamous last line “References available upon Request.”  In today’s job market, it is expected that you will furnish references and that you have them lined up and ready to go BEFORE they’re requested.


Don’t give up on your job quest!  Companies are hiring, the economy will bring new opportunities and you can find a great job with the right support and tools.  Please visit us at www.exactstaff.com so we can help you in your quest for the EXACT career you’re seeking!  And send a friend our way too!


Karenjo Goodwin


Exact Staff, Inc.

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