We all know how interviews can be nerve wracking, especially if you’re a graduate interviewing for their first job. However, there are always ways to prepare to make you feel more at ease.
Frankly speaking, KNOW your audience. There are a multitude of ways to prepare for this.
Talk to your contacts and visit the company website as well as other social media platforms. Check out their publications and any personal employee blogs regarding the company. The bottom line is, do you research. There is no such thing as too much research.
Common questions include: “Why do you want this job?”, “What sets you apart from other candidates?”, “Tell me about yourself” and so forth.
Make sure you know your resume like the back of your hand but also prepare other things to talk about such as hobbies or other activities you do!
This may seem like a free for all but tread carefully. Ask business related questions, but avoid topics such as salary, vacation days, and other benefits. When topics like these come up, it makes it hard to not seem like you are excited for the job solely for the benefits presented.
Examples of good questions would be: “What are some of the challenges in this position?”, “What do you feel it is going to take to be successful in this position?” and so on.
When you are giving the rundown of yourself in response to the typical introduce yourself or tell me about yourself, make sure you describe the activities you carried out with percentages or specific numbers.
Remember, the more specific the better.
Remember to dress appropriately and make eye contact during the interview. Do not forget a firm handshake and introduce yourself as well as a firm handshake to thank the interviewers for their time.
Have good posture, speak clearly and don’t wear cologne or perfume!
Finally, the most important tip of all is to just relax, be yourself and be confident. If you think you had a bad interview, don’t give up. You can call or send an email to the interviewer letting him or her know that you did a poor job of communicating and why you think you are a good fit for the job. Reiterate everything you have to offer and state that you would like an opportunity to contribute. Although it depends on the company, if you don’t try, your chances are exactly 0.
Good luck and ace all those interviews!
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Often times, when you’re applying for any position, there will always be a choice to upload either your resume or your CV. But what exactly is a CV and how is it different from a resume?
Simply put, a CV is a full record of your career history whereas a resume is a brief and specific list of skills and achievements.
Read on as we answer some of the FAQ’s regarding a CV.
Q: Can I use a Resume instead of a CV?
A: Even though these two are very similar, it would be best no to use them interchangeably. A point of consideration is the type of job you are applying for. However, if you are just out of college and applying for an entry level job, it would be best to use a Resume.
Q: What does CV stand for?
A: CV stands for Curriculum Vitae.
Q: What does it indicate when an employer asks for a CV?
A: This is a hint that the employer expects a good amount of professional experience and achievements including education, personal research, presentations or any publications such as papers or books.
Q: How many pages should a CV be?
A: It’s normally agreed to not exceed two pages. However, there is no set limit, but I’ll give some examples. A one page CV is normal for a graduate or someone with a limited career history. A two to three page CV on the other hand is about AVERAGE length.
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