CV and Interview Guidance
We shall assist you throughout the process however the following summary is a good reminder leading up to and the actual interview process.
- Should be no more than 3 pages but 2 pages if possible.
- If replying to an advert respond to the key messages by adapting your CV or covering letter.
- Make the CV clear and easy to read with standard text, fonts and no colour.
- Keep the CV up to date with including all personal details and job experience.
- 50% of people under sell themselves by not doing this.
The 1st page should include:
- Name, Address, Contact Details, Education Locations and Qualifications.
- Detail the companies worked for together with dates starting with the most recent.
- A brief overview on your strengths, experience, current position and position sought.
Page 2 or pages 2/3 should include:
- Go into more detail on this and career progression.
- Include contracts worked on and position with any achievements (brief).
- A brief statement about personal interests.
The Interview Process
Leading up to the Interview
- Research the organisation, the size of and sectors the company operates in.
- Research the role.
- What is the Employer looking for?
- Think about how your skills and experience fits the role.
- Typical Interview Questions:-
- 1.”Tell me about Yourself”
- 2.“What do you know about our company?”
- 3.”Why are you suitable for this job?”
- 4.”What motivates you in your job?”
- 5.”How would your colleagues describe you?”
- 6.”Why should we employ you?”
- 7.”What are your strengths and weaknesses?”
- 8.”How do you manage people order than you?” (if that’s relevant)
- 9.”How do you deal with conflict?”
- 10.”Where do you want to be in 5 years?”
- 11.”Why do you want to leave your current job?
- Prepare for these questions trying to keep it simple and answer the question.
- Give examples of experiences and demonstration.
- This can include skills, perseverance, diplomacy, maturity and decision making.
The Day Before
- Have your interview clothes prepared.
- Know where you are going, how long it takes allowing for the time of day and parking options.
- Get to bed early – we all perform better, are more natural and confident when alert.
- If driving arrive and park up in plenty time to avoid any last minute rushing or panicking.
- Be at the company reception a few minutes before the interview time but not any earlier.
- Take a few copies of your CV.
- Answer the question, don’t go off at tangents.
- Speak clearly and concisely.
- Maintain eye contact.
- Remain calm.
- Be yourself, sell yourself and be honest.
- Don’t cross your arms.
- Thank the interviewer for his/her time.
- Contact us to discuss how the interview went.
- We can contact the client on any subsequent discrepancies you may have.
- We shall contact the client and get some initial feedback.
- We aim to confirm success or otherwise within 2 days of the interview.
- If successful we shall liaise with the client and yourself regarding the offer and start date.
- If unsuccessful we shall engage with you to improve for the next time.