Preparing for an Interview

Resume Tips

  • The Resume represents the candidates’ best attempt to summarise, synthesise and communicate their proposition in the market place. It usually serves as the first impression for the head-hunter/employer. First impressions count.
  • Your resume is a strategic document. Sell yourself…what is the job that you are applying for? Use that key information in the job advertisement to structure your resume.
  • The front page should be designed so that readers can attain an instant fix on the candidate rather than having to search back and forth for information. Make it easy to read with headlines and bullet points.
  • Put relevant and put the most important information at the front of the resume. Think ‘dynamic’ in how you present your work history and skills.
  • Use positive language when describing yourself and your achievements. Did you reduce costs? Increase efficiency and productivity? Did you initiate or streamline a process? Use ‘action’ words eg. acquired, initiated, restructured.
  • Most recent experience to have greater weighting within resume.
  • Tabular information is useful for demonstrating professional summary, dates, organisation, title, number of staff, title of immediate boss. It demonstrates an ability to present information in an efficient and logical manner. As most Resumes do not present tabular information it acts as a differentiator.
  • If you are listing ‘Interests’ ensure that intellectual interests of relevance to the role are included eg. Financial Markets, Investments, Current Affairs.
  • Reason for leaving – relevant if candidate has had many jobs within a relatively short time-frame. Standard reason is “headhunted”.

Research

  • Read the job description
  • Prepare answers but also questions using the Job Description
  • Make note of the key skills needed for the role
  • Research the Company. Use the internet, ask colleagues and use your Recruiter
  • Learn about the culture of the Company, the personalitys that drive the area you are applying to work within
  • Prepare yourself mentally
  • Spend time on your appearance – you get one chance to present well
  • Simple things still count and can stand out…smile and say thank you

 

Be prepared for the following questions

  • Why are you leaving your current/most recent role?
  • What were your major achievemnts in your current/most recent
  • What are your career aspirations?
  • What are your objectives?
  • What are your key strengths?
  • What areas can you improve on?
  • Do you have 5 year / 10 year goal?
  • Have you letters of recommendation?
  • What draws you to our Company?
  • How would you describe your communication skills?
  • How do you cope under stress?
  • What can you offer us?