Candidates Shouldn't Appear Snooty

June 14, 2002 ( - Sure, it's good to sell yourself to a prospective employer. But, according to a recent survey, make sure you don't come off as snooty.

Half of the chief financial officers polled for RHI Management Resources said nothing turns them off more quickly about a management-level candidate than a person with his nose in the air.

What else should management candidates avoid in an interview? CFO respondents cited:

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  • 13% of CFO respondents said candidates should not avoid difficult questions,
  • 13% mentioned being unprepared to discuss specific achievements,
  • asking up-front about compensation and other benefits, was cited by 10%, and
  • being clueless about the prospective employer’s company, 9%

The survey was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from 1,400 CFOs from a random sample of US companies with more than 20 employees.