Banish the Latin from our interview process
I know nothing of Latin. I am merely trying to be
Today I start a campaign. I want to see the CV banished from the
If the whole disingenuous circus of 'selection by CV' could be
abolished, perhaps people would be called for interview based upon
who they actually are and what they have actually done - rather
than what they pretend to be.
I have interviewed hundreds of people and rarely has the person
who walks through the door been anything like the person we were
This is because CVs are all about self-aggrandisement and
Oh for a man or woman who would say something like: June 2009 to
Feb 2010. I thought I was going to enjoy working for Super-Thermal
Graphics Inc, but when I started, I realised this was not really
the job for me because I am a people person and working alone in a
design lab was not to my liking.
You will see from my CV that following this though, when I moved
on to The Sittingbourne Friendship Trust and took on the role of
outreach worker, I really found what I wanted to do.
Convention dictates however that the CV will most likely read:
June 2009 to Feb 2010.
Although I was only with Super-Thermal Graphics Inc for a short
time, I established new processes which saw the company achieve an
exponential growth in sales and I was rewarded with my own
Although I was in line for a rapid promotion, I was head-hunted
by a psychosomatic counselling service as New Business Manager.
Both of these accounts are to some extent true, but only the
first gives an insight into the character of the candidate.
The second - although on the face of it narcissistic and vain -
is perhaps nothing more or less than the product of a Jobseekers'
CV writing course.
I ask myself if such misinformation about oneself is any
different than the way romantic hopefuls (and predators) describe
themselves on dating sites.
Tall, good looking man with a stylish dress sense and
aristocratic antecedents seeks lady for romantic liaison. Owing to
work commitments only after-dark drinks would be agreeable in first
instance. So might read the profile of Count Dracula.
Let's outlaw the CV and ask candidates to tell us about
themselves and why they are suitable for the job.
Ask them to send a video clip so they can set out their stall
and then maybe have a skype conversation to see how they present
For young people especially, this would bring the nightmare of
job hunting into the 21st century.