Advice on CVs & Interview Preparation
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Preparing a CV
A CV is one of the most important documents that you will have to put together as part of your search for work. A CV is a record of your personal profile, relevant key skills, past employment and education / qualifications details. A good CV could make the difference of you securing the job you want.
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- Choose good quality paper
- Decide on one easy to read font and one color
- List all your contact details, including mobile numbers and email addresses – ensuring these are correct
- Bullet point your key skills, highlighting the attributes and personal characteristics that will make you stand out. Remember to match and tailor these to each vacancy your apply for.
- List your most recent employment first, working backwards, covering at least ten years of employment history. Detail month/year, company, location and job description – bullet pointing an overview of your key duties.
- Detail all relevant education, qualifications gained and training courses attended
- Cover all gaps in time (even if you were travelling or taking time off with family commitments)
- The length of your CV should be, on average, two pages of A4
- Spell check the final document, read and re-read, and get another person to check over it to make sure it is the best it can possibly be.
An interview is a discussion between you and a potential employer. It is a two way process where both parties have the opportunity to find out more about the other and to be able to make an informed decision as to whether there is a mutual interest and positive vacancy match. There are certain principles which apply to most interviews. Here is OSR’s checklist of the key essentials to ensure you have the best possible chance!
- Do your homework. Research the company and the position as much as possible. Review your previous work experiences and relate them to the vacancy you are interviewing for. Be ready to support past career accomplishments with specific information targeted towards the companies needs.
- Be early. Make sure you arrive at least 5-10 minutes early. Carry a practise run before the actual interview so you are confident on where you are going.
- Be prepared. After all your research, take your notes in with you if you need a prompt. This proves to the interviewer that you have taken time to put into preparing for meeting with them. Make a list of questions you may have before hand so you can refer to these in the interview situation. It is also good practise to take a copy of your CV with you, as well as any proof of successes and written references, if you have them.
- Dress to impress. Dress professionally in freshly laundered and pressed, simple business attire.
- Be Professional. Your interview starts when you first walk in the door. Be polite, sit up straight, making sure you are ready to greet your interviewer. A firm “welcome” handshake and maintaining eye contact are positive body language signals. Get the right balance between being personable and professional, taking your lead from the interviewer and mirroring their style. Stay focused.
- Take your time. Think before you speak, giving the best possible and relevant answer you can. This is your opportunity to sell yourself. It’s your time to shine, so give it everything!
- Be honest. It is futile to lie about your background and/or skills. Job interviews are about matching needs – if there isn’t a good match, then the reality is that things won’t work out for the long term. Be positive. If you’re faced with discussing negative experiences, explain these by drawing out what you have learnt from them.
- Stand out. Being aware of the tone and body language you use is essential.
- Close the interview. At the end of the interview, it is a good opportunity to ask the employer if they have any reservations at this stage about your application – this gives you the opportunity to overcome them and leave a positive lasting impression. Thank the interviewer for their time and express your interest in their vacancy. This leaves no doubt in their mind as to your positive intentions in joining their business. Remember your interview doesn’t finish until you have left the building so maintain your composure.
For more in-depth interview tips (including competency, situational and role play interviews), please contact the team at OSR Recruitment who are happy to assist.