CV and Interview Advice
As professional and experienced recruiters, we support candidates everyday with interview technique and selling yourself through your CV. Here are some hints and tips:
Steps to a successful CV and Interview
There are many ways to produce a strong CV and carry out a great interview, but our key tips that we give are to be open, concise and prepared. When you meet your interviewer ensure that you connect with him/her and make eye contact.
Creating your CV
To ensure that your CV makes an immediate impact and increases your chance of being put on the interview pile, there are a number of basics that you can adopt.
Putting a CV together can be made much easier by following a number of common headings; your own personal information and how to contact you, your education and qualifications; your career history and experience; think about the type of role you are aiming for and draw out your relevant skills that you have gained; include your own interests and any achievements both work and life and include referees who can confirm your career history.
We receive dozens of CVs, so to ensure that your CV stands out, focus on clearly presenting your detail in a well structured format. How you present your CV can say so much about you as does what you say. Keep your CV clear and concise and ensure that you include your key skills and knowledge. And again, ensure that you highlight the experience that you have gained that matches the role that you are applying for or the career direction that you are aiming toward. Remember, this is your chance to demonstrate your skills and your personal attitude toward your next big role!
Remember to strengthen your application, by ensuring your stand out from the crowd. You can achieve this by including a bullet list of your key skills gained throughout your career. Examples of these include: communication skills, project management, skills, organisational skills and IT skills.
Be professional, polite and prepared. Research, Research Research!
Making a good first impression is crucial to giving you the best chance of success. Company and market knowledge will help you to impress your interviewer(s). Check out their website, social media, news and check out your interviewer online, chances are they will be on Linkedin or in the meet the team section of their company website. Consider how they operate, their customer segment and yearly turnover and profit levels.
Your interviewer(s) will most often only have your CV to work from. Ensure you are familiar with every aspect of your CV and that you know which skills and competencies are relevant to the job description of the role you are applying for. Be prepared, prepared, prepared!
Think about the type of questions you will be asked. Why have you applied for this role? What is it that attracts you to this company? What are your key skills and core strengths that are applicable to the role? Can you tell us about a difficult situation and how you handled this successfully?
Be polite. Be approachable. Be confident but not over confident. Be passionate about your career to date and why you want to improve yourself further. Be enthusiastic about the role and company you are applying for.
Really listen to the interviewer(s) and take your time when answering the questions. If you do not understand the question, ask if they would kindly repeat the question. Keep concise and ensure you do answer the question.
Feel comfortable to ask questions, when you are invited to. Prepare your questions ahead of the interview; about the company, the role for which you are applying, training and development opportunities, future vision of the company. If all your questions are answered during the interview, then say ‘all my questions have been answered during the interview’.
Just to reinforce our tips for good interview technique:
- Be professional, keep eye contact and use a firm hand shake (no pain though)!
- Be approachable and make yourself stand out by being super prepared
- Research and Research again
- Familiarise yourself with your CV and the job role
- Really listen to the questions and answer questions in detail – but not to the point your interviewer starts to yawn.
- Be on time or early but not too early you seem too eager!
- Ask relevant questions, at the end or when you are invited to.
If you have any further questions relating to CVs or interview techniques, please call on 0113 467 1999.
Working with you
When working with Reward Recruitment, our team of recruitment experts guide you through the recruitment process. We will know immediately whether you are suitable for the role you are applying for and the direction you are aiming at. If we feel your strengths and skills are suitable to our clients’ needs, we will ensure that we draw out the most relevant areas of your CV and make the most of your experience and skills.