Interview & Resume Tips
1. Read it more than twice
One small typo could ruin your chances of getting hired. Checking it once is not enough, so do it twice, three times or as many times as necessary.
2. Use bullet points
No employer will have the time to read long paragraphs of text. Make sure to use bullet points and short sentences to describe your experiences, education and professional objectives.
3. Put the most important information first
Most of the times your previous work experience will be the most important part of the resume, so put it at the top. When describing your experiences or skills, list the most important ones first.
4. Do not include obvious information
Do not include statements like “Available for interview” or “References available upon request.” If you are sending a resume to a company, it is assumed that you are available for an interview and that you will provide references if requested.
5. Go with what you got
If you never had any real working experience, just include your summer jobs or volunteer work. If you are studying for a qualification, mention the title and the estimated date for completion.
6. Get someone else to review your resume
Even if you think your resume is perfect it is always good to get another perspective. Someone else may notice something that you didn’t.
7. One or two pages
Most employers and recruiting specialists agree that it should be one or two pages at maximum. Just keep in mind that, provided all the necessary information is there, the shorter your resume, the better.
8. Use reverse date order
List your present or most recent job first, and then work backwards. Include the complete name of the company, what they do, how long you were there–month and year. Then list the position you held and your accomplishments using bullets.
9. No fancy design details
Do not use coloured backgrounds, fancy fonts or images on your resume.
10. Don’t forget the basics
The first thing on your resume should be your name. It should be bold and with a larger font than the rest of the text. Make sure that your contact details are clearly listed.
Practice answering interview questions and practice your responses to the typical questions most employers ask. Think of actual examples you can use to describe your skills. Also have a list of your own questions to ask the employer ready.
Look up information about the Company so that you are prepared to answer the question “What do you know about this Company?”
3. Get Ready
Make sure your interview clothes are neat, tidy and appropriate for the type of Company you are interviewing with. Walk with copies of your resume. Include a pen and paper for note taking.
4. Be On Time
Be on time for the interview. On time means ten to fifteen minutes early. If need be, go to the interview location ahead of time so you know exactly where you are going and how long it will take to get there.
5. Silence or switch off your phone
Nothing is more embarrassing than having your phone go off during an interview. Your best option is to turn it off or leave it at home all together.
6. Stay Calm
During the job interview try to relax and stay as calm as possible. Maintain eye contact with the interviewer. Listen to the entire question before you answer and pay attention.
7. Don’t be afraid to say that you don’t know something
It is far better to truthfully state your skills and experiences than it is to lie, get the job, and be asked to do something you don’t know how to do. Keep things truthful and accurate and you’ll put yourself in a position to succeed.
8. Answer the question that is asked of you
Don’t stray off topic and babble about unrelated areas.
9. Don’t ask certain questions
Save questions related to salary, benefits, working hours, vacation days or promotions for later on when you receive the job offer. Most employers will discuss this with you when they have made a decision to hire.
10. Follow Up
Always follow up with a thank you note reiterating your interest in the position. If you interview with multiple people send each one a personal thank you note. Send your thank you note (email is fine) within 24 hours of your interview.