Do you have CV and interview advice?
January 7, 2014 - 2:48 pm
The purpose of your CV
Your CV is your sales tool. Keep it simple, keep it clean, and keep it punchy. Don’t use jargon. Send it from a professional email address.
The Style of your CV
Make sure your format is correct to allow it to get to the front of the queue! Bullet points aligned, full contact details including correct contact numbers, current address.
The correct format should be:
Name, contact details, personal profile, career history, education and qualifications, other skills, interests, references, additional information.
What interview advice can you give me?
How should I present myself for interview?
Do your research
Fail to plan and you plan to fail. You are certain to be asked specific questions about the company, so make sure you’ve done your homework on things like their last year’s profits and latest product launches. Also take a look at the latest developments in the industry so you can converse with confidence.
Practice your answers
Although there is no set format that every job interview will follow, there are some questions that you can almost guarantee will crop up. You should prepare answers to some of the questions about your personal strengths and weaknesses, as well as being able to explain why you would be the best person for the job.
Look the part
Appearances shouldn’t matter, but the plain fact is that you are often judged before you’ve even uttered a word. Make sure your shoes are polished, your clothes fit correctly and that your accessories are subtle. Dressing one level above the job you’re applying for shows a desire to succeed.
Good preparation is the key to staying in control. Plan your route, allowing extra time for any unexpected delays, and get everything you need to take with you ready the night before. Remember to speak clearly, smile and remember that your interviewers are just normal people, and the may be nervous too!
You should always have some questions for your interviewer to demonstrate your interest in the position. Prepare a minimum of five questions, some which will give you more information about the job, and some which delve deeper into the culture and goals of the company
How should I close an interview?
Ask your questions
Reinforce the positives (why you are good for the job!)
Address any concerns from the interviewer
Express your enthusiasm for the position
Find out the next step in the hiring process
Thank the interviewer