This episode is on the jargon in job adverts and how to avoid the most common mistakes. Besides, we will walk you through the seven key elements to interview guide. Enjoy the video! We also attach the script below! Do you have comments, feedback or ideas on topics we should deep dive into next time? Then don’t hesitate to drop us a message at our host Elena Galli’s LinkedIn.
Hey there! Today, we’ll talk about the jargon of jobs and about interview guides, do you use one?
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Code-like acronyms, technical babble, and business buzzwords. We’ve had enough.mJargon makes other people feel less intelligent and well, it makes you sound like a liar, and I don’t think that’s what you’re going for. We read the Jargon of Jobs, and let’s take a look at the notes we wrote down.
So let’s start off with something that might make you jump out of your seat.
Sixty six percent of young applicants don’t understand job ads full of jargon, and as a consequence, they don’t feel like they should apply to see how this would be a problem. Especially since in the U.S., thirty eight percent of job ads contain jargon.
What are the most used expressions, you ask? Well… “team player”, “dynamic”, “self-starter”, “empower”, “proactive”, “leverage”, “window of opportunity”, “proven track record”, “core competency”, and “take it to the next level”.
Ok, so I have to admit, as a European, I would also myself be a little confused if I were to read that I need to peel an onion in a job ad for something that it’s not in the hospitality industry. And maybe also “Make hay” or “Blue sky thinking” would be slightly puzzling to me. But to be fair, when it comes to “Open the kimono”, I feel like I should set aside about an hour to just talk about how wrong that is and why. I won’t do that today, but I will definitely set a little bit of time aside in the next episode to talk about this expression that is very much used in the professional environment and why you should not do that anymore. For now, let’s take a deep breath and carry on.
Some industries are guiltier than others, and this is the top five. We see information technology, marketing, finance and business, human resources and media. And now we want to wrap up this section with a quote by Professor Michael Handford: “Language does not only reflect reality, but can help construct it. Business jargon can help construct a particular way of seeing the world. If you use language (especially jargon and metaphors) that is very focused on marketing, profit and growth, then this will prioritize certain practices and devalue others.”
Are you ready for today’s second piece of content?
Interviews are as difficult as they are important, but you don’t have to feel lost. We read an article about Interview Guides and their Seven Key Elements. So, using interview guides has a specific set of benefits to it. It gives structure to your process. It ensures that all candidates have an almost identical candidate experience and Equal assessment. Cause if you ask the same questions to all candidates and use the same system to evaluate the answers, then you’re going to reduce the risk of bias. And here are the seven main elements to interview guides:
And now onto the CandE Crash.
You know it! The more barbaric your treatment of candidates, the more demonic the reviews on your Glassdoor page. Shout out to a company we won’t name. Let’s read this.
“The interview was slightly chaotic. There were five people in my interview, and not all of them spoke (It was done via a video call). Not everyone turned on their video, and it did not seem like they knew what kind of questions they wanted to ask me. At some point, it felt like they were trying to get competitive intel rather than consider me as a serious candidate.”
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