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7 tips for successful interview

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7 tips for successful interview

Congratulations! You’ve made it to the next step!

We love your CV and are happy to meet you for the job interview.
Well, great news but sometime also quite a concern…

How do I make so fabulous impression that they see me as THE candidate for the job? How not to sound insecure and how not to trip over some questions that later on seem so obvious…

We quite regularly see really good candidates who despite their brilliant track record and impressive career path struggle during interview. The reality is that in stressful situations everyone may seem lost, even if discussion relates to areas of her or his expertise. It happens that simple issue makes candidate to lose focus and further communication flow is heavily impacted.

From the list of all important things, we chose the ones which seem to be obvious when you read them, but we all tend to forget about them when preparing for interview.

Memorize details of your CV

Yes, surely all facts in your CV are correct and true but let’s keep that impression every time recruiter asks you for a date or number. As strange as it may be, a lot of people have troubles to fluently provide dates when they started and left certain job role. Refreshing your memory and recall dates, number of people in the team, how many times you won employee of the month prize or by how many percent you improved some process may certainly help to boost recruiters confidence in you as a well-organized person.

Read job description once more

Obviously you’ve read it before applying but how many similar job descriptions you’ve came across and how many you’ve applied for when looking for a new job? Usually descriptions sound very similar but it’s definitely worth to pay attention to tiny details that may differentiate them and make sure you refer to the right one during the interview. You may also use such review to think about the questions you may want to ask recruiter to get better understanding of the details of the role.

Know your interviewer

It’s definitely worth to know who will conduct the interview. Maybe you attended the same school or are both interested in dancing?
Checking social media may also give you a glimpse at career path and allow to find common points (industries, companies, roles etc.) or assess if this person has history of analytical roles and you should be very rational in responses or maybe rather show more of your soft skills. If you find photo you may also be sure that your personalized greeting by name will relate to proper person. All of these will help you to break the ice and make interview more a friendly chat than a cold call.

Practice answering

You may be sure that you know exactly what your personality, experience and skills are, however, facing stressful situation and not having at least some practise may end up with unstructured, mumbly answer after long time of thinking.
To make sure that what you say is what you really mean and to say it the way you want it to say, you have just one option – practise. Skip singing in the shower, use this time for answering questions that you expect to hear during the interview. Important thing is, do it out loud as in our own head everything sounds better. You may also organize training sessions with your friends or professionals.

Prepare your beverages

One of worst things you may experience during the interview is throat so dry you can only cough, can’t speak anymore.
Preparing a glass of water is the best solution, juice, tea or coffee may work as well. And this is serious! Don’t let something so trivial make you suddenly even more stressed! And besides, don’t drink too much before the interview 😉

Check needed tools

You receive the link to videoconferencing, try to log on and find out that you forgot the password. When reset is completed you learn that you use old version and need to download update. You finally join teleconference only to find out that your microphone is not really working… Sounds like nightmare?
Give yourself some time to test your webcam, microphone, speakers or headset and check internet connection. Make sure you remember all needed passwords and try to join the meeting early to make sure you have all necessary software and plugins installed. Pay attention to the quality of your video – background of bright window may not be the most proper setting.

Keep your mood on the bright side

On The Day treat yourself with a bit more sleep, have a nice breakfast and do something you really enjoy. Have enough time to get prepared, so that you don’t jump into the meeting in a hurry. Spend few minutes just before the interview clearing your mind and calming your nerves.
Breathe…
Stay calm and positive even if some part of the interview goes wrong! People who you are just about to meet think you are interesting enough to spend an hour of their precious time together. They see you as a potential employee and they are humans too 😉

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7 important details of resume

7 important details of resume

Yes! You scroll job board and see THIS offer.
It seems to be created just for you… Brilliant, so now you just need to send your resume…

No matter if you use one of many online CV generators or choose to design and create your own, there is number of things that may make recruiter truly like it. We decided to skip obvious ones like providing true and proper names and tasks of your previous roles, sorting your experience and education by date in reverse order or providing your contact data (yes, we’ve seen also resumes with no phone or email address provided…).

Instead, we will point out 7 things that frequently get omitted in heat of putting together dates and facts and choosing right photo or layout but in our practice we see them make huge difference in seeing resume as interesting and professional.

Provide less personal data

Yes, you need to present all of you but… recruiter doesn’t really need to know your birth date, full address or names of kids (yes, it’s real case from our practice). Recruiter should receive only information necessary to conduct recruitment, so your phone number, email address and general location (e.g. city) is enough.

Provide your complete story

Well, if you spent a year enjoying the life and travelling just put it in and add what you’ve learnt. Remember that missing periods are naturally big question mark for recruiter.

Choose me because...

Think for a moment about job of the recruiter – the key task is to hire someone with proper skills and personality. Why not to help to discover these in you?
When putting together content of your resume try and focus on things that may be relevant for the job even if they relate to other areas. E.g. if you apply for administration assistant you may mention this fantastic trip with your friends across all Europe that you’ve fully organized but two pages of your comics publications may be too much. If you change your industry
completely, focus on your interests e.g. being a surgeon you’ve fell in love with flowers and made numerous fantastic bouquets (pics may be nice) before you made a decision to make it your actual job.

Oh my... tpyos... check tiwce...

You look at this headline and probably think it’s funny but unreadable and unprofessional at the same time. Even if you think something else, your attention is already shifted from actual content to stupid typos we’ve made.
Obviously you want recruiter to pay full attention to content of your resume, so it’s definitely worth to read it couple times, ask someone to review it with a fresh eye and also use spelling check software built in most text editors.

Text formatting

Even if you apply to hyper creative job role it’s worth to keep your resume tidy and structured around most important information. Using too many colors, making text bold, italic and underlined in many places creates high level of chaos for the reader.
Try to use limited number of fonts (2-3 should be enough) and choose maximum two methods to emphasize – it’s absolutely fine to use just bold font for key data. Be also careful with indents, ideally all should be in one line across all resume.

File format

You surely want recruiter to view the resume as you planned it to look like.
Unfortunately it may happen that your brilliant design created in one software will look very much different on another device, software or operating system. Best you can do is to use “Print to PDF” option and create PDF file that will look the same regardless of device and software. Thanks to this your resume always looks like you wanted it to and no data is lost in
conversion between formats.

File naming convention

Imagine receiving 50 documents every day, all named “CV”.
Yes, it’s recruiters’ life reality and although some of them enjoy systems that allow to manage it, some still need to work with
mailbox and share drives making it really hard to find particular resume. You may make everyone’s life easier by using file name that is meaningful and informative – just use your name and surname as a file name to make sure your CV will be found in seconds when needed.

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