An interview is the time when we (the interviewers) are trying to see if the interviewee will be able to deliver on the job & will fit in the organization. Always remember an interview is a selection and not rejection process.
Here are some tips on how to prepare for the interview.
- Research the organization: Believe me as an interviewer it’s really difficult for me to take a candidate seriously, if he/she is not aware of organization. This shows lack of commitment and makes the candidate appear as a serial interviewee. A candidate who’s well researched and can talk in depth about the industry, the organization, and the position shows that he/she is interested in the position and the organisation and is likely to be a good long time investment.
- Prepare the answers: Use the job description as a guideline to find key skills and competencies required for the job. Be ready to cite examples from your own experience that match or complement these specifications. The best way to present these examples is STAR format.
- Situation – briefly describe the where/when/who
- Task – outline the task or objective
- Action – describe what you did – focus on your role and your input
- Result – what the outcome was and what skills you developed
If you are asked about something that is outside your experience, describe a situation where you learned something new and suggest you can do so again.
- Managing difficult questions: Do you have gap in cv / poor academic record / too many job changes. Answer these as honestly as you can (most companies do a reference check and your lies can create problems), without being defensive or blaming anyone. When a candidate talks negatively about his current / past organization, it shows lack of maturity & makes the candidate appear as some who may be hard to work with. Try to put a positive spin on it by showing how you overcame the difficulty and what you learned from it.
- Prepare the questions you want to ask the interviewer: Asking the right questions not only shows enthusiasm and interest but also provides opportunity to assess the company. Do not ask anything that could be easily answered through a quick internet search, or should have been checked prior to or at start of the interview e.g. job description for position
- Rehearse your answers: Rehearse your answers with someone or in front of mirror to observe your body language.
Be punctual and dress well. Go ace the interview !!!
1 Use the right keywords
The externals recruitment consultants and recruiters hiring in bulk are more likely to use keyword search on their data-bank to shortlist resumes – so ensure that your resume includes keywords that mostly appear in job descriptions.
The best way to figure out the right keywords is to go through the job postings on various job portals and find the commonalities. Use these keywords with action verbs & context to get shortlisted. Context is especially relevant to increase weight-age of keywords and increase the relevance of your resume.
PS: Keywords are usually hard skills, industry-specific qualifications, and job-specific terms employers look for in a job candidate
Most of the parsing software’s find it difficult to read overly formatted documents. Try not to use headers / footers, tables, graphics & any other complicated formatting – overly formatted resume appears to be gabled text once parsed.
PS : Use rich text formatting & web-safe fonts like Arial, Georgia, Impact, Courier, Lucinda, Tahoma or Trebuchet. PDF and compressed files are not readable by most software’s.
3 Name your resume
Make your resume standout by using a simple naming technique – Fullname_Profile for which applied e.g. JohnDoe_Projectleader_CADServices.
4 Capitalization, spelling and grammar
The software will miss important keywords when they are misspelled. Similarly, wrong capitalization & grammar can confuse the software about where to end and begin a field.
5 Structure of resume
The most system friendly resume structure will have properly formatted contact information at the top
First Name Second Name
State Zip Code
Telephone Number: Country Code City Code Number (+91 20 3333 3333)
Mobile Number: Country Code Number (+91 33 33 333333)
Customized career objective, key skills, education & work experience should follow. Ensure you do not use abbreviations in the resume as the software may not recognize it.
6 Appropriate heading
All information should fall under appropriate heading , otherwise software may get confused and put the information as incomplete. Don’t combine the headings/ categories like education & experience.
7 Get the experience counted
For each position held, even if it was within same company provide the following information
This will help the software to recognize each job.Accomplishments should be under separate header for each position.
Happy Job Hunting!!!