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For Episode 110 of The CareerMetis Podcast, we will be hearing from Clark Finnical

This interview is part of  the “Career Expert Series“.

#110 - Career Expert Series - Clark Finnical


Clark Finnical is the author of Job Hunting Secrets From Someone Who’s Been There.


1. Clark Finnical worked for the same company for 24 years, and although his job was eliminated 4 times, he continuously landed jobs in other divisions. He saw a regular rotation of employees in where he worked, and decided to learn as much as possible about finding work.

2. Clark talks about how applicant tracking software works, the issues with them, and how companies use them. He also shares his insights on crafting a concise message to the hiring manager after being rejected immediately by the ATS.

3. Clark weighs in on the qualification conversation and gives examples of things he’s seen within the job seeking space. He gives perspective as to why HR tells you to do certain things in order to pre-qualify you and reduce the number applications they receive.

4. Clark also talks about being “overqualified”, and what purpose he feels it actually serves. He shares interview tips for navigated someone saying you’re overqualified, in order to make the employer feel more secure.

5. Clark also talks about salary, and how recruiters can benefit from having you choose a lower salary, he also talks about finding average salary and using that to negotiate a better one.


  • “I was reading the 76 things HR and recruiters believe you must do to land work”
  • “Once you’ve been rejected by the ATS, you have nothing to lose, and perhaps a lot to gain”
  • “Everything a job seeker is told is everything that those people want you to do, not necessarily what is in your best interest”
  • “Once the Internet started, HR was getting flooded by applications”
  • “Every interview you go into makes you a better interviewer”


Clark Finnical can be reached via LinkedIn, Medium or Twitter.

12 Lies Told to Job Seekers

Job Hunting Secrets (from someone’s who’s been there)

Intro Music provided courtesy of Accelerated Ideas (www.accelerated-ideas.com). Soundtrack – Siren Kickback

Ending Music provided courtesy of Accelerated Ideas (www.accelerated-ideas.com). Soundtrack – No Need to Rush 

Written By
Nissar Ahamed is the Founder & CEO of CareerMetis.com. He is also the host of The Career Insider Podcast and the co-host of The C.A.R.E. Podcast

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