Resume & Interview Tips
When it comes to developing your interviewing skills, practice is really the best way to improve. If it is one of your first professional interviews, here are a few tips about your resume and job interviews. Even if you are an experienced professional, you may learn something new by reviewing the information!
Resumes and cover letters can look similar -here are few tips to set you apart.
Don't waste your entire effort by sending resumes and cover letters only to find that they have typos. Your written language skills tell us about how you would communicate while working for us. Review your documents for accuracy before you submit.
Make it easy to read:
Even while following standard format, there are a number of ways to make your resume easier to read – including using bullet points or tables.
Highlight your accomplishments:
Your resume should contain just enough information to make someone curious enough to contact you. Don’t list tasks that you have done- list results, accomplishments and successes! This is your time to sell yourself!
The Interview discussion:
Interview discussions should be engaging and lively. Any candidate can regurgitate the job description. Take the time to learn about the company before your interview. Have we been in the news lately, do you know anything about our products, competitors, culture, locations?
What makes you unique?
What can you offer the company that other candidates cannot? Do you have any work experience that sets you apart? Do you have relevant volunteer experiences that would give you an edge? Have you held leadership roles on non-profit boards or community groups?
Know YOURSELF & Know your strengths:
Take the time to reflect on your past experiences, accomplishments, challenges — and be prepared to talk about them! Many interview questions require that you talk about a specific situation you have been involved in, so be ready to tell what you did, the result you achieved and any lessons learned.
When you are asked about your strengths, be prepared to list off what attributes set you apart from other candidates. Think about when you have felt your most successful — what were you doing, specifically? What activities were you performing and in what environment? You need to be reconciling that information with what the role you are interviewing for will entail — the company has a strong interest in matching what you want with what they need.
When the interviewer says, "Do you have any questions?”:
Ask questions, be engaged and get to know the people across the table. This gives you the opportunity to show your passion for the career you hope to have. Also, ensure you have an understanding of what the day-to-day activities of the role may look like — don't be afraid to ask if it has not already been covered. Engaging your interviewers in meaningful conversation may also set you apart from others interviewed.
No trick questions:
We don’t ask trick questions! Don’t overthink the questions. Focus on your past experience and answer the questions with enthusiasm and confidence.