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Dear Asha,
I agree wid u.
However i wud stress on this - "Hobbies are a source of rejuvenation and brings energy to oneself. I would add that if one has been asked to describe its hobbies, hobbies should depict a positive frame of mind. Else it is of no value add."
This is in support of the subject being discussed.
Regards,
Rahul Chhabra
"We don't lead by hitting on the head, that's an assault, not leadership"

Good one. Once a candidate replied in a Interview Q: Tell me about something yourself? Ans: What to say- its all written there? (Heights of Frustration)
:mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen: Biswadeep Gupta..! That was funny, But am sure you would have felt like throeing stones at him! (I do...)
Here is the most latest I saw a few minutes back on a resume - "Achievement: Grandfather was a freedom fighter"
Now the fact that Grandfather was a freedom fighter - is something that the listener will be proud to listen to... on ur resume it does not create any sense of appeal. It would look like u r banking on your Grandfathers achievements...
All this can be told during interview if you are very particular abt mentioning that (while explaining abt u and ur family..that shows being Proud and happy for being born in such a great family)!

Dear Frenz,
To escape such kind of situations, the recruiter needs to ask specific or Low context questions.
If we frame questions in the right manner, we can get the details we are looking for.
Regards,
Rahul Chhabra

Here is another I came across today:
FOr Manager -Accounts position:
The person sent his resume . . . a perfect match.
But alas.... He sent his picture along with it, it was a sun set background with his sun glasses on!
For Head - Quality
. . . Skills Set:
I can dance with quality from cutting and pattern making
"Dance"??

Such candidates dont know what is there on their resume. They would have got the service from a resume writing agent or a fren. 3/4 th of the time the resume is full of lies.
Hello everyone -
Should we write proverbs in a resume? Or does anyone as a Recruiter - appreciate the same?
I came across one resume that was more of an essay on his views of life. - that too for a very senior role.
One statement that I would have read it elsewhere and admired but not a resume was "I like to think big. Because - if you dont think big, its like a candle that will have light only for a short time, and not burn for a long time"
Hello - - - I was tryign to see how fit he was for a Manager - Quality role!!
But as an HR will you just ignore such messages or think its "fine"!!?

I totally disagree that hobbies are not required when judging a candidate. Hobbies reflect the personality of a person and also reflects a sense of discipline. Hobbies are rejuvenating; they act as stress busters. Hobbies can be singing, dancing, networking, gardening, pottery, etc. All these reflect certain characteristics of the person.
Even watching TV (particular subject of interest like cooking, geography, flora and fauna) as a hobby is as good as reading some book.
It is the efficiency of the interviewer on how he/she judges the candidates on various parameters.
Arpita,
HR Manager

Hi Asha,

The information that you have provided is wonderful. But than why dont we look at the holistic move.

Lets take an example of Google, during an interview in google there are only certain questions asked with relevance to the academics (like some basic programming codes) and the rest of the interview is hovered around the non-academic/extracurricular activities that we are strong in.

Why is that? The answer is because google do not want geeks or they want geeks who can work in their way and in their time. It takes into consideration a normal life style that a college lad/lady has during Graduation. I had been to Silicon Valley and the google Plaza looks just like another college.

Now lets take another example,

Pepsi for Example recruits people who are continuously active in one or the other activity.
We would ask Why is that?
Because they do not want chemical engineer/process engineers who are above average(>65%) academic scorer(entries are invited though).
Now one would think why is this such a complex system of recruitment.
The answer according to me is their growth path is really linear.
Companies like Pepsi and Google are growing by leaps and bounds and they want people who are dynamic, enthusiastic and carry a sound level of confidence.

This are my personal experiences and i personally think that the resume should me manipulated as and when the required and industry in which we are approaching for the interview.

Dear Sam,

I completely agree to your points.

And thats how a perfect interview would take place - just knowing if the person is strong with the basics of engineering/ or his core domain.

The offer must not be purely on tech skills alone but - my suggestion is 80% attitude and 20% skills.

But - is it really important to MENTION ON THE RESUME - that "I have won a gold medal in weight lifing" or a "First prize for musical chair"?

I guess - while discussing on a one-one level - its fine to answer when requested to. But mentioning on the resume, is that that okay? I somehow dont agree with it.
And also - the resume that a person posts on the job board, is more for all recruiters to view. And when he is called for an interview, I guess he can fine tune it accoring to the role being interviewed for. Correct me if I am wrong.

A resume serves as a screener to decide if the person is worth to be called for a discussion... and during the discussion, I guess the person can talk more on his hobbies/other interest/ or contribution outside work.... For instance, I love baby sitting. I cant mention that on my resume. Counseling married couples - is also something I do... but Can I mention that on my RESUME? or is it better I talk about that while having a chat with the interviewer?

Thats my question!!!

But I like your answer. Because in another post - I had a "{so called" techie person say that - interview itself is not necessary. They just need to show their certifications of a few tech training received and they get "qualified" jobs with MNCs - too tough to believe right??? I wish they had seen your answer on on GOOD companies hire!

Thanks.. keep sharing your thoughts pls.


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