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Interview Tips

• Organise your clothes for the interview in advance
• Dress conservatively – suitable to the company and the image you wish to project
• Assemble relevant information beforehand – qualifications, documents etc.
• Understand your renumeration package
• Research the company so you are able to ask intelligent questions
• Interviewers often seek practical examples of past behaviour to demonstrate your capabilities
• Be prepared to share examples of achievements and past experiences.
• Ensure you describe the situation, and the action you took and the results or outcomes of your action.

• If you feel your body language is conveying anxiety, it is usually best to verbalise it  (eg: I haven’t been interviewed in years and I’m a little surprised to find myself nervous
• Verbalising your nervousness often reduces it and interviewers are usually empathetic

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Interview Questions

Why employers ask this: Employers want to get a sense of how well you understand the role and its day-to-day requirements. They also want to find out whether your skills match the job description and what you can do for the organisation overall.

How to respond well: If you can link your skills to what the company or organisation does and its business goals and objectives, you’re on the right track. Aim to give practical examples of your past experiences and where your skills can add value. The more you understand about the role and have researched the organisation, considering its stakeholders, customers, business strategy, goals and objectives, the more you’ll be able to talk about how you can contribute.

Tip: Do some research into the company’s goals and objectives. Check out their website or social media pages, look back to the job ad, then note down which skills of yours could help them in these goals.

Why employers ask this: This question helps recruiters gain a genuine understanding of which aspects of the role you are most interested in, in order to assess if you’re well suited to the role.

How to respond well: Hiring managers and recruiters want to hear how you interpret the role in your own words, rather than just repeating the job ad. The best answers are those that clearly demonstrate which aspects of the role you will be able to do well and how this will add value to the organisation and help achieve organisational goals.

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FAQ

According to the dictionary, a resume is “a summary, as of one’s employment, education, etc., used in applying for a new position. Conversely, a CV is noted as ‘a regular or particular course of study of or pertaining to education and life’.
In other words, a Resume is a career and educational shortlist that typically spans one page only. A CV is a more in depth account of your study & work history which gives an employer a greater understanding of who you are.

Writing a resume, more importantly a well written resume is essential in todays workforce. A well targeted resume could be the difference between getting the job or not

Not always. Often your Career Profile / Objective will convey your situation and ambitions more than adequately. But if so, a cover letter should be short and concise, meaningful, and have your contact details on it. Moreover in modern times, cover letters are less frequently required.

Leaving out their ‘job objective’. If you don’t show a sense of direction, employers won’t be interested. Having a clearly stated goal doesn’t have to confine you if it’s stated well.

Decide on a job target (or ‘career objective’) which can be stated in simple but professional terms. Anything beyond that is probably ‘fluff’ and indicates a lack of clarity and direction.

Your career objective is a personal statement which defines your future work direction wishes.
It’s Personal. Others may share similar goals, but your objective should state your goals in terms that you are comfortable with.
It’s a Commitment. Stating a goal is a form of identifying who you are and what you want to achieve.
It’s Action-oriented. It’s you taking control of your life and communicating what you can do for an employer in action terms.
It’s Directional. By focusing on your future, you can then identify the next step to take, and which resources to seek. Your focus can be short range or long range. The more completely you examine your future, the better able you will be to evaluate potential work situations.
It’s Specific. It clearly identifies some facts or elements about a work situation. Broad terms such as ‘successful’ or ‘challenging’ may mean something to you, but they may not convey specific things to an employer.

The chronological format is widely preferred by employers, and works well if you’re staying in the same field (especially if you’ve been upwardly-mobile). Only use a ‘functional format’ if you’re changing fields, and you’re sure a skills-oriented format would show off your transferable skills to better advantage; and be sure to include a clear chronological work history and remember to put the newest content first!

If you are short on real working experience, you can bolster your resume with other content such as achievements, awards, and voluntary work experience. If you were a star student it may help to include your course statistics.

Look at it from the employers point of view. What do they want to read?
General Rule: State what you were doing, as gracefully as possible-rather than leave gaps.
If you were doing anything valuable (even if unpaid) during those so-called ‘gaps’ you could just insert ‘that’ into the work history section of your resume to fill the voids. Here are some examples:

* 1996-98 Maternity leave and family management ;
* 1998-2001 Full-time student ;
* 2001-2005 Family management & volunteer work

To minimise the job-hopper image, combine several similar jobs into one ‘chunk’, for example;
* 1996-97 Secretary/Receptionist; XYZ technologies, Allround Solutions, Real Technologies;
* 1996-97 Waiter/Cashier; McDoonburys Restaurant, Done Cafe, Good Imressions Restuarant.
Also you can just drop some of the less important, briefest jobs.
But don’t drop a job, even when it lasted a short time, if that was where you acquired important skills or experience.

The second an employer realises you can save/make them money, you are on your way to getting the job. They like to see PAR in effect. PAR stands for Problem-Action-Results; in other words, first you state the problem that existed in your workplace, then you describe what you did about it, and finally you point out the beneficial results.

Here’s an example: ‘Transformed a disorganised, inefficient warehouse into a smooth-running operation by cost effectively redesigning the layout; this saved the company thousands of dollars in recovered stock’.

When you list it on the resume, either replace it with a more appropriate job title (say “Office Manager” instead of ‘Administrative Assistant’ if that’s more realistic), or use their job title and your fairer one together, i.e. ‘Administrative Assistant (Office Manager)’ just be sure not to ‘over inflate’ your responsibilities if it is a view shared only by yourself.

If you’re over 40 or 50 or 60, remember that you don’t have to present your entire work history! You can simply label that part of your resume ‘recent work history’ or ‘relevant work history’ and then describe only the last 10 or 15 years of your experience. Below your 10-15 year work history, you could add a paragraph headed ‘prior relevant experience’ and simply refer to any additional important (but older) jobs without mentioning dates. You are not required to state your age on a modern resume due to Equal Employment Opportunity.

Give yourself credit, and create an accurate, fair job-title for yourself. For example:
* Household Repairman, Self-employed; or
* Child-Care, Self-employed
Be sure to add ‘references available on request’ and then be prepared to provide some very good references of people you worked for.

Far enough; and not too far! About 10 or 15 years is usually enough – unless your ‘best work experience is from further back.

You can say something like:
* Graduate studies in Multimedia Design, in progress; or
* Master’s Degree anticipated December 2003

Then list separately each different position you held there, so your job progression within the company is more obvious.

Only include hobbies on a resume if the activity is somehow relevant to your job objective, or clearly reveals a characteristic that supports your job objective. For example, a hobby of Sky Diving (adventure, courage) might seem relevant to some job objectives (Security Guard?) but not to others. Being an active member of a hunting club might look bad if you are going for the job of a Vet’s Assistant.

You are not obligated to include ethnic or religious affiliations necessarily (inviting pre-interview discrimination) unless you can see that including them will support your job objective. Get an opinion from a respected friend or colleague about when to reveal, and when to conceal, your affiliations.

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