Interview & how to write your C.V tips


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what to say , what to do, what to wear... everything about interview tips is here
How to write your C.V is important as well...
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Interview & how to write your C.V tips

  1. 1. Prepare yourself for any interview by following the below tips: 1. You have to Know where is the place of the interview. 2. Gather information about the position & the company you have applied for. 3. Prepare the questions you want to ask to the interviewer. 4. Show your strength points to the interviewer to make him believe that you are perfect for the job. Ewa z e fa . c o m Job interview Tip
  2. 2. • You should arrive 10 minutes early for the interview. • Arriving earlier than 15 minutes is too early because they might be busy and may have other appointments lined up or may not be at their desk to have the security send you up! Ewa z e fa . c o m Job interview Tip
  3. 3. What to do before you will go to your interview  Collect as much information as you can about the company, it’s industry and history. That way you'll be prepared to answer any questions the interviewer will ask you easily.  Gather information about the job position you have applied for to be aware with what the interviewer will tell you about the job description and to be able to ask any questions related to the position responsibilities.  Use the Internet to discover as much information as you can about the pervious issues. Ewa z e fa . c o m  Before going for a job interview in a company, it's important to know where the company is located to arrive to the interview on time.
  4. 4. The key is to choose clothes to show that you are fitting in with the company’s 'look' or 'culture'. Check out what their employees are wearing and try to match that. If anything, try to look formal. For example, if you have applied for an Office Administration: Males: • • • • • • Business outfit - a suit if you have one. Dark business shoes - remember to polish. Business shirt. Dark socks (match trousers and shoes). Neat haircut Keep jewelry to a minimum. Ewa z e fa . c o m What to Wear when you are going to your Interview:
  5. 5. The key is to choose clothes to show that you are fitting in with the company’s 'look' or 'culture'. Check out what their employees are wearing and try to match that. If anything, try to look formal. For example, if you have applied for an Office Administration: Females: • • • • • • Business outfit - a suit if you have one. Classic shoes - remember to polish. Neat haircut (if you have long hair, tie it back). Remove chipped nail polish. Makeup - keep to a minimum. Be careful not to use too much perfume. Ewa z e fa . c o m What to Wear when you are going to your Interview:
  6. 6. • • • • Smile. Maintain eye contact. Sit up straight. Slightly lean forward in the chair. Acknowledge all people conducting interview. Nod when appropriate. Arrive 5-10 minutes early. Give good firm handshake. Turn your mobile phone off. Ewa z e fa . c o m • • • • •
  7. 7. • • • • • • • • • Touch the interviewer desk. Shake your leg, flick hair, sniff, scratch. Yawn, look at watch at anytime. Lean back, cross arms / legs. Smoke, chew gum, swear. Stare, look too serious. Make any bodily noises. Appear overly nervous or rushed. Answer your mobile phone. Ewa z e fa . c o m Thing you Shouldn't do in the interview:
  8. 8. Eye Contact Begin your eye contact early. It’s particularly important to make distinct eye contact while you shake hands with your interviewer. Smile warmly and catch his eyes. Try to make a true connection by projecting confidence. Ewa z e fa . c o m Interview tip
  9. 9. Listening Maintain eye contact as you listen to the questions your interviewer is asking. If you look away, it may appear as you are uninterested. This is a very quick way to turn your interviewer against you. Match your attentive eye contact with an appropriate facial expression. Combine interested attention with an open, positive expression. Ewa z e fa . c o m INTERVIEW TIP
  10. 10. Don’t Stare: Although the standard advice is to maintain good eye contact throughout the interview, don’t take this that you should stare fixedly at the interviewer. Maintain eye contact in a natural and friendly manner, which means that there are brief breaks and reconnections. For instance, it would seem natural to look away briefly if you have to pause to think about your answer. Then reconnect strongly as you begin to speak again. Ewa z e fa . c o m Interview tip
  11. 11. What you shouldn’t say can - and will - be used against you in a job interview. If you come to an interview chewing gum or drinking coffee, you will already have one negative point against you. Too much perfume or not enough deodorant won't help either. Not being dressed appropriately or having untidy shoes will give you a second negative point. Talking or texting on your cell phone or listening to an iPod while waiting to be called for the interview may be your final negative point and you could be done with your candidacy before you even say a word. Ewa z e fa . c o m What You shouldn’t say in your interview
  12. 12. Your verbal communications are important. Don't use bad words. Speak clearly and definitely. If you need to think about a response to an interview question, that's fine. It's better to think before you talk than to hesitate while responding. Practice answering some interview questions so you're comfortable responding the basics. Ewa z e fa . c o m What You Should Say in An interview
  13. 13. What to do in the interview It can be easy to get distracted during a job interview. It's stressful and you're in the hot seat when it comes to respond to questions. That said, if you do your best to listen to what the interviewer is asking, it will be easier to frame appropriate responses. Ewa z e fa . c o m You must Listen carefully
  14. 14. • The interviewee is given a business scenario and asked to manage the situation. The business scenario is usually one that the interviewee would likely facing while working for the company. However, interviewer may also ask IQ questions or give brain teasers that do not relate directly to the company. Used most often in management consulting and investment banking interviews. Case interviews allow interviewees to show their analytical ability and problem solving skills. • Most case interview questions do not have one "right" answer. The interviewer is more interested in how the applicant arrives to the solution. Interviewees are expected to interact with the interviewer, asking him clarifying questions in a logical, sequential order to solve the given problem. Ewa z e fa . c o m Case Interviews
  15. 15. Competency based interview questions require interviewees to give specific examples of times in which they behaved with particular skills or attitudes. Generally, these questions require interviewees to describe a problem or situation, the actions they took to handle the problem, and the results of the situation. Such questions allow the employer to quickly evaluate an interviewee’s mindset, and to measure how the interviewee handles certain situations. Ewa z e fa . c o m Competency Based Interviews
  16. 16. It is the last step in the interview process . In the last interview you will find out whether or not you will get a job offer. • Final Interview Preparation Tips  Be proud that you have made it this far in the interview process, but do not assume that you got the job. It's important to take the final interview just as seriously as you took your first interview:  Dress appropriately.  Review information on the company.  Bring extra resumes and other required documents.  Bring a list of references.  Be sure to keep your enthusiasm and energy-level high.  Follow up with a thank you letter. Ewa z e fa . c o m • Final Interview
  17. 17. Informational Interview An informational interview is an interview conducted to collect information about a job, career field, industry or company. It's an interview with an individual working in a career you would like to learn more about. When you're interviewing for information, you are seeking information about a specific type of job, about a career field, an industry, and/or a company. You're attempting to discover what the person's job is like, what they do, what responsibilities they have, and what it's like to work in their job at their company. Ewa z e fa . c o m Job interview types
  18. 18. A mock interview, also known as a practice interview, is a simulation of an actual job interview. It provides you with an opportunity to practice for an interview and receive feedback. During a mock interview, the interviewer may use a semistructured interview format rather than asking a formal list of questions. A mock interview helps you learn how to answer difficult questions, develop interview strategies, improve your communication skills and reduce your stress before an actual job interview. Ewa z e fa . c o m Mock Interviews
  19. 19. Job interview types In a panel interview, candidates are interviewed by multiple people. Interviewers typically ask a mix of behavioral and situational questions, as well as questions about the candidate's personality and career goals. Below are some common panel interview questions. Such as : • How would a colleague describe you? • Where do you see yourself in 3-5 years? • What is your biggest strength? • What is your biggest weakness? • Why do you want to work for our company? • Imagine that you are introducing a new policy to your co-workers or employees, and you are facing opposition. How would you handle it? Describe a time when you were working on a team project and there was a conflict in the group. • How did you handle the situation? • Give an example of a time when you had to explain a complex issue to someone who was unfamiliar with the topic. Ewa z e fa . c o m Panel Job Interview
  20. 20. Job interview types Phone Interviews Such as: Phone Interview Questions About Your Background Name of company, job title and job description, dates of employment. - What were your starting and final levels of compensation? - What were your responsibilities? - What major challenges and problems did you face? How did you handle them? - Why are you leaving your job? What are your salary expectations? Phone Interview Questions About the New Job and the Company What interests you about this job? - Why do you want this job? - What applicable attributes / experience do you have? - Are you overqualified for this job? - What can you do for this company? - What do you know about this company? - Why do you want to work here? - What challenges are you looking for in a position? What can you contribute to this company? - Are you willing to travel? - Is there anything I haven't told you about the job or company that you would like to know? Phone Interview Questions About You What are you looking for in your next job? What is important to you? - What is your greatest weakness? - What is your greatest strength? - Describe a typical work week. - How would you describe the pace at which you work? - How do you handle stress and pressure? - What motivates you? - Tell me about yourself. - Questions about your career goals. - Ewa z e fa . c o m While you're actively job searching, It's important to take time to review the typical phone interview questions you'll be asked and to prepare answers. In addition, plan on being prepared for a phone conversation about your background and skills.
  21. 21. Focus on what you can do, relevant to the employer's requirements • Research each employer and their field carefully: refer to the job advert, job description, company website, etc. Find out what the employer is looking for. This could include qualifications, experience and skills. • Look for what the employer values. • Your skills are your qualities. Consider adding a skills section to your CV. • Employer requirements vary and so does your application. Each application (CV, cover letter and application form) must be targeted for each job. Ewa z e fa . c o m How to write a great CV
  22. 22. Show your skills in your CV • Give examples of your skills. • Refer to actual, relevant experience. • Choose action words carefully to provide clear information to the employer. • Write down your achievements. • To increase your chances of success, customize your CV to each job you apply for. • Closely consider the job advertisement and/or job description, and using your CV and your cover letter, show the employer how well you match what they are looking for by marketing your skills, experience and qualifications. Ewa z e fa . c o m How to write a great CV
  23. 23. Preparing your CV • Different employers may have different preferences. • There are a variety of ways to make it work well for you. Ewa z e fa . c o m How to write a great CV
  24. 24. How to write a great CV • • • • • • • • • • Keep it briefed: a total of 2-4 pages is the best. Use an easy to read font, such as 10-12 point Arial. Use plain white paper (this is easy to photocopy). Put staple/paperclip on top left corner (this makes photocopying easier). Use a regular layout throughout the document. Make sure your contact details are easy to find and readable. Make sure your spelling and grammar are accurate (this shows attention to detail). Avoid using summarized information. Use action words to describe skills e.g., supervised, developed & organized. Make sure the most important information is in a notable position. Ewa z e fa . c o m Some general principles to follow
  25. 25. Your CV and cover letter are two parts of the same job application. They should complete each other. Your cover letter introduces your CV, and draws the employer's attention to the knowledge, experience, skills and qualities you will bring to the job. Ewa z e fa . c o m cover letters
  26. 26. • Each letter should match the job toy are applying for. Do not send a standard letter you already have and used before. • Always keep a copy of everything you send to a company when making a job application. This will be useful later – for example, during your interview preparation. Ewa z e fa . c o m Key points for great cover letters
  27. 27. To write a good cover letter • To write a good cover letter, you need to make a research on both the job and the employer. • You can search for the job by reading the job description. If the job description is not part of the advertisement, try calling the employer and asking for a copy. • You can research the employer by looking at their website, brochures, business directories, annual reports, and news. Ewa z e fa . c o m Research the job and employer
  28. 28. To write a good cover letter • Try to limit your letter to a single page. • Match the employer's needs with your skills. Then try to match them in the letter in a way that will appeal to the employer's self-interest. • As much as possible, match your letter to each job opportunity. Search for some knowledge of the organization to which you are applying. • Write in a style that is clear; avoid long and complex sentences and paragraphs; Use action verbs, show confidence, optimism, and enthusiasm in addition to respect and professionalism. • Show some personality, attract interest immediately. Arrange the points in a logical sequence; organize each paragraph around main point. Ewa z e fa . c o m Required skills and personal qualities
  29. 29. Layout of your cover letter • Use a word processing program to type your cover letter, such as Microsoft Word. The exception to this rule is if the employer asks you to handwrite it. • Use the same style of font and quality of paper as you use for your CV. • Keep your cover letter to one page. • Remember to sign the cover letter if you are sending a hard copy. Ewa z e fa . c o m To write a good cover letter
  30. 30. Language in your cover letter • Use clear, correct language. • Avoid mistakes in your spelling or grammar! • Get someone to proof-read it for you. Ewa z e fa . c o m To write a good cover letter
  31. 31. Content of your cover letter A cover letter should include a headline to make it clear which job you're applying for and, following the introductory paragraph, it can take the form of bullet points or short statements. It should also include your own name, address and contact details. Ewa z e fa . c o m To write a good cover letter
  32. 32. What are the most important parts of the CV that the employer look for? 45% Previous related work experience. 35% Qualifications & skills. 25% Easy to read. 16% achievements. 14% Spelling & grammar. 9% Education (these were not just graduate recruiters for whom this score would be much higher!). 9% Intangibles: individuality/desire to succeed. 3% Clear objective. 2% Keywords added. 1% Contact information. 1% Personal experiences. 1% Computer skills . Ewa z e fa . c o m What information should a CV include? One survey of employers found that the following parts were most looked for:
  33. 33. 1. Your name, address and contact details should always head the CV, Also include your home and mobile phone numbers, and your email address. If including a current work number. 2. Your gender, date of birth and marital status, at the top of your CV. 3. Your date of birth. Ewa z e fa . c o m Personal details in your cv
  34. 34. The education and training section of your CV should usually come straight after your work experience and employment. The exceptions to this rule would be: • When having extremely impressive academic qualifications or training. • When you’ve just graduated with little experience but with many years of education. • When applying for a job that specially requires educational excellence. In the above mentioned cases, it would be fine to move the education and training section of your CV just before your Work Experience and Employment section. Ewa z e fa . c o m How to Write Education and qualifications in your cv
  35. 35. • Use action words such as developed, planned and organized. • Even work in a shop or restaurant will involve working in a team, providing a quality service to customers, and dealing smartly with complaints. Don't mention the routine, non-people tasks ( as cleaning the tables) unless you are applying for a casual summer job in a restaurant or similar. • Try to relate the skills you have to the job. A finance job will involve numeracy, analytical and problem solving skills so focus on these whereas for a marketing role you would place a bit more and more emphasis on persuading and negotiating skills. • All of my work experiences have involved working within a team. This involved planning, organization, coordination and commitment e.g., in retail, this ensured daily sales targets were met, a fair distribution of tasks and effective communication amongst all staff members. Ewa z e fa . c o m How to write work experience in your cv
  36. 36. Writing about your interests in your cv Reading, cinema, stamp-collecting, playing computer games Suggests a lonely individual who doesn't get on with other people. And may be you are not like that, but selectors will explain the evidence they see before them. Ewa z e fa . c o m Writing about your interests
  37. 37. • There is no single "correct" way to write and present a CV but the following are the general rules: • It is targeted on the specific job or career area for which you are applying and brings out the suitable skills you have to offer. • It is carefully and logically ordered, easy to read. • It is full of information but somehow briefed. • It is accurate in content, spelling and grammar. If you mention attention to detail as a skill, make sure your spelling and grammar is perfect! Ewa z e fa . c o m What makes a good CV?
  38. 38. One survey of employers found the following mistakes were most common Spelling and grammar mistakes 56% of employers found this: • Not suitable to the job 21% • Length not right & poor work history 16% • Poor format and no use of bullets 11% • No achievements 9% • Contact & email problems 8% • Objective/profile was too unclear5% • Lying 2% • Having a photo 1% • Others 3% (listing all memberships, listing personal hobbies, using brief information) Ewa z e fa . c o m What are the mistakes the candidates make on their CV?