Some definate crossover with this and the 'Poor Uk Education Standards' thread. I was taught all of this kind of thing in School, I even had to buy The Times today to see for myself that a 20 year old had to recieve 'expert help' with this.
I used to go out with a lass who worked in a Large Optical firm . One of her tasks was to weed out the dross who had applied for jobs, just by reading their CV's.
Showing me the latest offering one day . Out of 50 CV's at least 10 were sent in on paper ripped from a ring binder or from an excercise book . One was even on a single sheet from a note pad with the ring perferations on top.
35 of the others wer spelt by a moran who did not use the speel chucker on ther PC.
I tend to skip pass the education bit when looking through Cv's. Everyone has 3 million GCSE's, people who are actually thick just don't put the grade on. Most will have a degree in an irrelevant subject. even if the degree is relevant, it's usually taught by someone who left the industry years ago, or are on the leading edge of technology, that won't be used for years.
Experience is key, flexible approach is a must nowadays. Same as the army, we have plenty to choose from in the private sector.
Most of all, if it's a small to medium size company, personality during the interview. You could be perfectly qualified and answer all the questions spot on, but if I think your going to make my or anyone else who's established in the company shit itch. You won't be getting a call back.
Most people would expect a good effort in dress and appearance at candidate interviews. The world hasn't changed that much. You don't always have to recruit good, or the best, people because you can also make them. But have the right skills and acumen for the job you want. At least do your homework before you come. Attitude, attitude, attitude. More experience and development can be gained later. Show a consistent work record or at least a commitment to learn, and bring a portfolio. Some of us trust our Gut instinct and if you've made an effort with the basic standards, we can work on the rest.
I did attend a job interview at the Home Office many, many moons ago with a beery breath like a brewery after drinking a tad too much Falling Doon water on the train from Edinburgh once.... Of course I didn't get the job..... but hey... the Home Office missed a grand opportunity with someone like Moi and my multi-talented personality....... or was it split personality....... There apparently wasn't much call for 25 stone ex-soldiers to be security guards at the main entrance..... they wanted fit personal who would look the part...... boogar....
Another job interview took me to Perth Prison to become a potential PO (Prison Occiffer)..... but I failed that..... my eyes were a tad dim.... to much pulling pud does for you..... ahaha