Ace your interview preparation (2 of 3)

We have observed many times, eligible candidates fail an interview not on technical ground but on overall presentation. Everyone is nervous before an interview. To overcome it you need to practice a lot… In one of the interviews Shah Rukh Khan (Bollywood Actor, as if you did not know?) told viewers that there is only secret to success and that is practice. If you have done it 500 times, do it 501st time. So let’s first start from where we left last week. Last week we discussed how to research company’s profile and background. Click here to revisit that article.

Anticipate Questions from the interviewer. It will pay off to anticipate what questions an interviewer might ask. If you are a technical person, list down common topics on which you expect questions. Go through your projects of recent past, brush up your objective, Standard procedures, your contributions and difficulties you faced. As far as interview with Human Resources is concerned prepare answers for commonly asked questions. Practice them well.

 Think of questions to ask your interviewer. Quality of your questions tells interviewer about your enthusiasm to join the organization. Easy questions that could have been answered with simple internet search would give an impression that you are not serious or you are lazy to search about the company you wish to join. It’s a good idea to come prepared with at least three thought-provoking questions to ask your interviewer.

  • Ask questions related to your future prospects. “Which are new markets the company is planning to explore in next couple of years?” or “What are the chances for professional growth in this job opportunity?” Questions like these show that you wish to align with company’s point of view.
  • Ask questions about your interview. If there are few company related terminology or procedure that you heard first time, ask about them. It shows that you are interested in knowing the company well. Do not ask general questions just for the sake of asking it. It may show that you did not pay attention well in the interview.

Practice with a friend. Discuss with your friends about your good qualities. Note down various anecdotes and which supplement specific claims in your resume or your qualities. Practice telling these to your friend. Practice giving concise, complete answers and maintaining eye contact with the interviewer(s) while you give them. Make sure you aren’t speaking too slow or too fast and that your answers are stated with confidence.

  • Ask your friend to rate your responses. See if he is convinced. Even if you think their feedback isn’t on the mark, it will help you for sure.
  • Know basically what you want to talk about before the interview. If you’re stumbling and fumbling for an answer on a very basic question, you’re not putting your best foot forward. Have your very basic answers down pat, and anticipate some of the tougher questions before you step into the interview.

See you next week here. If you want us to work on your interview skills call on 9545803300.

Story of SHAKTIMAAN’s Resume

We could not believe, who walked into our office? We met none other than Shaktimaan (secretly I wanted to show him my attempts at whirling around). On top of it, he wanted us to write his resume. Honestly, we cannot resist the temptation of flaunting our work. Take a look at it. We are already “SORRY SHAKTIMAAN” for this show.

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Need of a resume

Need of a resume

Main purpose of resume is to win an interview. If you get an opportunity for an interview, it works. If it doesn’t, it isn’t an effective resume – forget all efforts you might have put in.

A resume is your advertisement, nothing more and nothing less. Your resume is a great advertisement if it tells prospective employer: “If you hire me, you will get these specific skills and experience sets.” It presents you in the best line. It convinces the employer that you have what it takes to be successful in this position. Your resume is successful only when it is pleasing to the eye that the reader is enticed to pick it up, read it and then call you for an interview.

Also, a resume is required to pass the employer’s screening process (requisite educational level, number years’ experience, etc.), to give basic facts such as companies worked for and contact information. An up-to-date address and a telephone number which will always be answered during business hours.

Resume is also used to establish you as a professional person with high standards and excellent writing skills, based on the fact that the resume is so well done (clear, well-organized, well-written, of the highest professional grades of printing and paper). For persons in the art, advertising, marketing, or writing professions, the resume can serve as a sample of their skills.

One of the most important purposes of resume is to provide professional references, background information and “informational interviews”, a concrete creative way to cultivate the support for your case.

Recently while working for new collaboration, I realised one more reason to have resume. It can be used as a covering piece or addendum to another form of job application, as part of a grant or contract proposal.

Thank you all for spending your valuable time with us. Keep looking this space every Thursday for posts on Resume Preparation.

Top 8 tips to rise above typical Resume Format

Do you think your resume is perfect and you don’t need help creating or updating your resume? If you think there is a scope for improvement you are at right place. Your resume is going to be reviewed by software as well as by hiring managers. These top resume tips is basic guide for  choosing a resume format, selecting a resume font, customizing your resume, using resume keywords, explaining employment gaps, and more tips for writing interview winning resumes.

Choose a Resume Font

Writing a resume in basic readable font is very important for both hiring managers and applicant management systems. Typically, you should use a readable, commonly used book print font such as Times New Roman, Arial, or Calibri. You may choose alternative fonts, if you are applying to a position in graphic design or advertising (where resume layout and design might be part of your assessment).

Include All Your Contact Information

It’s important to include all your contact information on your resume so employers can easily get in touch with you. Include your full name, street address, city, state, and zip, home phone number, cell phone number, and email address. Including you LinkedIn profile URL can be a good idea in order to condense you resume.

Add a Profile or Objective

If you include an objective on your resume, it’s important to tailor it to match the job you are applying for. The more specific you are, the better chance you have of being considered for the job you are interested in, or consider using a resume profile, with or without a headline, instead.

Include Resume Keywords

Your resume should include the same keywords that appear in job descriptions. Applicant management systems are programmed to hunt down candidates with these key words.That way, you will increase your chances of your resume matching available positions – and of you being selected for an interview. Also include keywords in your cover letter.

Prioritize Your Resume Content

It’s important to prioritize the content of your resume so that your most important and relevant experience is listed first, with key accomplishments listed at the top of each position. As you compile the information for your resume, prioritize your accomplishments by importance, achievements, and relevance to the job you’re applying for.

Customize Resume for each application

Although it’s cumbersome to customize your resume, it’s worth the effort, particularly when applying for jobs that are a perfect match for your qualifications and experience. The simplest way to target your resume (without rewriting the whole resume) is to include a Summary of Qualifications, a Profile or Career Highlights section at the top of your resume.

Choose the Right Resume Style

There are several basic types of resumes used to apply for job openings. Depending on your personal circumstances, choose a chronological, a functional, combination, or a targeted resume. Take the time to customize your resume – its well worth the effort.

Send Your Resume by Email

It’s important to follow the employer’s instructions on how to submit your cover letter and resume. The employer may want your resume attached to the email message and sent in specific format, typically as a Word document or a PDF.

When applying for employment via email, copy and paste your cover letter into the email message or write your cover letter in the body of an email message.

Format for emailing your resume

Send Your Email Resume

If you are asked to send an attachment, send your resume as a PDF or a Word document depending on instructions. Sometimes employers do not accept attachments. In these cases, paste your resume into your email message as plain text. Use a simple font and remove the fancy formatting. You have no idea about employer’s email reading software

Write suitable Subject Line
Make sure to list the position you are applying for in the Subject Line of your email address, so the employer is clear as to what job you are applying for.

Check Your Email
Make sure you spell check and check your grammar and capitalization. They are just as important in email messages as in paper correspondence.

Include a signature with your contact information, so it’s easy for the hiring manager to get in touch with you.

Send a Test Email
Attach your resume, and then email yourself first to test that the formatting works. Open the attachment to ensure, you attached the right file in the right format and it opens correctly. If everything looks good, send to the employer.