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Interview blunders employers can’t forget

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100 jobs

With a $10 Million dollar investment eVestment plans to add 100 jobs in 2014. Marietta based eVestment, a cloud based technology & analytics company, has been deemed on of the nations “5000 fastest” growing companies. In addition to being voted a favorite workplace in the AJC’s best workplaces, they are hoping this new human capital will fuel their ability to empower clients in gaining that competitive edge in this ever unpredictable marketplace.

What are they building over there?

The numbers are in. So, who was constructing last year in Metro Atlanta & surrounding counties?

  • 2013 Contracts Issued . . . . now up to 52%
  • 2013 Residential Contracts . . . . up to 57% (from 2.7 (2012) to now 4.2 Billion in revenue)
  • 2013 Nonresidential Contracts . . . up to 47%

December 2013 contracts, pending 2014 completion . . . 76% increase from December 2012. Dodge Research & Analytics, a market research & intelligence services provider, estimates that this could equate to 153 Million in revenue for 2014. (McGraw Hill Construction, 2014)

New Entertainment

Main Event Entertainment, a Dallas based family entertainment provider, has their sights set on opening 2 of their 6 new facilities in Georgia. They are hoping to continue their recent success in Atlanta & Alpharetta. Bowling, Billiards, Laser Tag, & Dinning are just a few areas of fun to be had at their existing locations.

600 jobs

Their deadline? 2015! Around this time last year, we talked about Carter’s expanding its offices into Phipps Tower. Now, Carter’s new distribution center is open and they hope 600 workers will help them fill the 1.1 Million sq.ft. of space. Why so big? This facility supports online, retail, & wholesale commerce for the Carter’s brand.

*Save the Date: 24th Annual SHRM Atlanta conference will take place on April 28-29, 2014 at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Do you know a great HR leader? 2014 Nominations for the Pegasus Award are now open.

‘Most memorable interview blunders’

Just last month, a CareerBuilder released survey results that brought us tales from interview’s past - that employers simply couldn’t forget. Take a look!

Top blunders reported by employers:

  • Dressing inappropriately: 53%
  • Talking negatively about current or previous employers: 50%
  • Answering a cell phone or texting during the interview: 49%
  • Appearing uninformed about the company or role: 39%
  • Not asking good questions: 32%
  • Providing too much personal information: 20%

Worst body language mistakes:

  • Failure to make eye contact: 70%
  • Failure to smile: 44%
  • Fidgeting too much in one €™s seat: 35%
  • Handshake that is too weak: 27%
  • Using too many hand gestures: 10%
  • Handshake that is too strong: 5%

Unforgettable mistakes made during an interview:

  • Applicant warned the interviewer that she took too much valium and didn’t think her interview was indicative of her personality.
  • Applicant arrived in a jogging suit because he was going running after the interview.
  • Applicant called himself his own personal hero.
  • Applicant popped out his teeth when discussing dental benefits.
  • Applicant said that he questioned his daughter’s paternity.
  • Applicant wanted to know the name and phone number of the receptionist because he really liked her.

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