Handy Hints and Tips to get you that interview!
The most important tool you have when job searching is your CV, its the first thing to hit the desk of potential employers or recruiters. Some job boards like Indeed for some reason shorten CV’s to the point that important bits are missing! Try attaching your CV to your application as well.
- Always head your CV with a short personal statement– this should probably be changed for each job you apply for unless they are all very similar. Look at the job description and use this statement to show why you are the right candidate for the role!
- Bullet point your key skills– 4/5 is enough and make sure they are relevant to the role you are applying for
- Don’t list out all of your exam grades unless they are good or relevant to the role and RECENT. Generally its sufficient to just give the number of exams with grade A-C etc.
- List All permanent/ contract employment for the last 10 years (even if short in tenure).
- Description of each role you completed ( 4 – 5 detailed bullet points is sufficient)
- Any extra education you have completed (Degrees, Certificates, Masters)
- Awards or Achievements that you have received in employment
- Photographs are not really a necessity and sometimes can have an adverse effect
- Keep your personal interests short and to the point
Remember if you need interview tips that’s what we are here for!
How to finish the interview in first place
This can be the most daunting part of an interview – the part where you ask the questions. You don’t want to appear like you haven’t understood what you’ve been told, but you do want to show interest and engagement with the role and organisation in question. So how do you do that?
The suggestions we’ve provided should be used flexibly, depending on how much is revealed in the interview. It’s good to go in with a pre-prepared list, but that doesn’t mean you need to ask them all!
So, here’s the questions to ask at the end of an interview – and how to ask them.
Filling in the background
First off, of course you’ll have done your pre-interview research beforehand, so there may well be things about the company or team you want clarification on. You might ask questions like:
- Can you tell me how the role fits into the team?
- What are the team’s wider objectives, and how does this role fit into that larger picture?
These are good for gathering background information, and helping you build up a picture of what it would really be like to work there. Remember, the interview is for your benefit just as much as the employer’s. You both have to get on with each other and feel like you’re making the right decision if it’s going to be a successful employment.
Getting down to detail
For more practical questions as to what you’ll be doing or what will be expected of you, ask something like:
- What are the main relationships I would have to build?
- What would my KPIs be over the first three months?
- How would a typical day be structured?
Questions like this help you determine if the day-to-day of the job would be right for you, as well as showing the interviewer that you’re keen to hit the ground running.
Because we’re all human…
However formal the setting might appear, just remember your interviewers are human too, and taking a little bit of personal interest in them is no bad thing. Try something like:
- How did you get into this organisation?
- What do you wish you’d known before you started?
- What makes you proud to work here?
These shouldn’t be the only questions you ask, but it’s usually a good idea to show that you take an interest in the people around you.
You don’t want to get to the end of the interview and felt like you haven’t sold yourself well, or missed any opportunities to talk about some great relevant experience.
- Are there any criteria you think I haven’t fulfilled?
- Would you like me to expand on anything further?
Remember: the questions you ask will be your last chance to make a good impression, so follow the tips above and ask wisely!