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Interview And C V Workshop

  1. 1. Interview and CV Workshop Thursday 25 th February, 2-3.30pm Florencia Saluzzo
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Three Q Recruitment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jobcare </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Aontas - National Adult Learning Organisation </li></ul><ul><li>Interview tips </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Before, during and after </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Common questions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>CV Writing </li></ul>
  3. 3. Interview Techniques <ul><li>Before The Interview: </li></ul><ul><li>Research the company and the role </li></ul><ul><li>Plan your route to interview location </li></ul><ul><li>Plan your clothing for the interview </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure you know your CV </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare questions to ask the interviewer </li></ul><ul><li>Practice questions and answers </li></ul>
  4. 4. Interview Techniques <ul><li>During the interview: </li></ul><ul><li>Arrive on time </li></ul><ul><li>Smile, shake hands and hold eye contact </li></ul><ul><li>Professional and enthusiastic body language </li></ul><ul><li>Try to relax! </li></ul><ul><li>Stick to the questions being asked </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t just answer questions – ask some too </li></ul>
  5. 5. Interview Techniques <ul><li>After the interview: </li></ul><ul><li>Write a thank you letter and send to interviewer </li></ul><ul><li>Follow-up call </li></ul><ul><li>Continue to job hunt </li></ul><ul><li>Be Patient! </li></ul>
  6. 6. Interview Techniques <ul><li>Personal Appearance: </li></ul><ul><li>Professional, clean business suit </li></ul><ul><li>Men should be clean-shaven </li></ul><ul><li>No excessive jewellery </li></ul><ul><li>Go easy on the aftershave/perfume! </li></ul><ul><li>Clean hands and finger nails </li></ul><ul><li>Fresh breath </li></ul>
  7. 7. Interview Techniques <ul><li>Practicalities: </li></ul><ul><li>Do not ask about money until they mention it </li></ul><ul><li>Keep your phone off or on silent </li></ul><ul><li>Do not chew gum </li></ul><ul><li>Do not be negative about previous employers </li></ul><ul><li>Tell them how you meet their needs </li></ul><ul><li>Take a couple of seconds to think before answering questions </li></ul>
  8. 8. Most Common Interview Questions <ul><li>“ Tell me about yourself” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Why should we hire you?” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Where do you see yourself in five years time?” </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>“ What are your salary expectations?” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Tell me about a time you overcame a difficult situation at work” </li></ul><ul><li>“ What do you know about this job/company?” </li></ul>Most Common Interview Questions
  10. 10. CV Writing <ul><li>Content: </li></ul><ul><li>Think about who will be reading it </li></ul><ul><li>Tailor CV for each different position </li></ul><ul><li>Include: </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t lie! </li></ul>Education Skills Work Experience Hobbies/Interests Achievements References
  11. 11. CV Writing <ul><li>Format/Layout: </li></ul><ul><li>Try to stick to 2-3 page maximum </li></ul><ul><li>Most important information on first page </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Work experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Referees at the end </li></ul><ul><li>Make it easy on the eye </li></ul>
  12. 12. CV Writing <ul><li>Avoid jargon or slang </li></ul><ul><li>Use bullet points and bold headings </li></ul><ul><li>Keep sentences short and words simple </li></ul><ul><li>Get someone else to proof read for mistakes </li></ul><ul><li>No fancy borders or graphics </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft Word is most commonly used </li></ul><ul><li>Always include a cover letter </li></ul>
  13. 13. CV Writing <ul><li>Power Words </li></ul><ul><li>Useful Adjectives </li></ul>Created Managed Delivered Designed Generated Supervised Sourced Initiated Implemented Strengthened Co-ordinated Grew Self-motivated Ambitious Determined Enthusiastic Diligent Intelligent Bright Capable Positive Creative Efficient Resourceful
  14. 14. CV Examples <ul><li>Strong CV: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.ucc.ie/careers/students/Job_Search_from_Start_to_Finish/CV/Sample_CV's.php </li></ul><ul><li>Poor CV: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/raiseyourgame/images/poor_cv.pdf </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Thank You for Listening </li></ul><ul><li>Q&A </li></ul>

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