CURRICUAM-VITE &INTERVIEW
SKILLS

•DESINGED BY Sunil Kumar
•Research Scholar/ Food Production Faculty
•Institute of Hotel ...
CONTENTS
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Cover letter

- What is a covering letter
- What you should include

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Format of your CV

- Hints and tips fo...
WHAT IS A COVER LETTER?
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Oppor tunity to convey some basic information:
What position you're applying for
Who you are
...
Role you are applying for

Why you are applying

Why they
should read
on and
interview you
Show you are familiar
with thei...
Set the
scene
Relevant to
them and their
current business
situation
What you are
interested in

Offer additional
3rd party...
HINTS AND TIPS FOR WRITING A PERFECT CV
Your CV is a tool with one purpose: to win an inter view
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Avoid coloured paper o...
CV SECTIONS
Personal Information
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Include your name
Full address
Telephone numbers (day/evening/mobile)
Email address

Q...
CV SECTIONS
Employment Histor y
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Beginning with your most recent job, include:
Company name
Your job title
Duration of...
CV SECTIONS
Personal Interests
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Listing your interests is impor tant, but do not generalise. For
example, instead of sim...
BEFORE SENDING OUT YOUR
CV
Check and Double Check
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Before submitting your CV/resume, make sure you check it thoroughly, ...
IMPORTANCE OF INTERVIEW PREPARATION
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Celtic Tiger days of 3% unemployment are gone – currently at 12%

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Employers mark...
HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR INTERVIEW
Research
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Who are you meeting? Check LinkedIn to read their profi...
HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR INTERVIEW
Presentation
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Suit

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Directions and transpor tation routes – punctual

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Strong han...
DURING THE INTERVIEW
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Listen with enthusiasm

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Answer with enthusiasm

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Have examples to highlight competencies – de...
TYPES OF INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
Competency based – demonstrate with examples of what you have
done
Give me an example of when...
COMPETENCY BASED INTERVIEWS
 Adaptability
- Tell me about a time when you changed your priorities to meet others’ expecta...
COMPETENCY BASED INTERVIEWS
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Developing others

- Tell me about a time when you coached someone to help them improve the...
OTHER TYPES OF INTERVIEW
QUESTIONS
Behavioural – scenario questions to establish behaviour patterns
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Role plays

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Case...
DIFFERENTIATING YOURSELF FROM THE COMPETITION
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Why do you want this job?

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What do you know about the company?

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Tal...
GETTING THE INTERVIEW = SUITABLE FOR THE JOB!!
Summar y
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Know your CV

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Know the role and the company

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Know how you...
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  1. 1. CURRICUAM-VITE &INTERVIEW SKILLS •DESINGED BY Sunil Kumar •Research Scholar/ Food Production Faculty •Institute of Hotel and Tourism Management, •MAHARSHI DAYANAND UNIVERSITY, ROHTAK •Haryana- 124001 INDIA Ph. No. 09996000499 •email: skihm86@yahoo.com , balhara86@gmail.com • linkedin:- in.linkedin.com/in/ihmsunilkumar •facebook: www.facebook.com/ihmsunilkumar •webpage: chefsunilkumar.tripod.com
  2. 2. CONTENTS  Cover letter - What is a covering letter - What you should include  Format of your CV - Hints and tips for writing a perfect CV - CV sections - Before sending out your CV  -  Interview preparation and techniques Importance of interview preparation How to prepare for your interview During the interview Types of interview questions Differentiating yourself from the competition Networking - Importance of networking / What is networking / Rules of good networking / Building your network / Growing industries - Goals and objectives of networking / Getting organised - Follow up
  3. 3. WHAT IS A COVER LETTER?  - Oppor tunity to convey some basic information: What position you're applying for Who you are Why you want the job What you have to offer  Must convey the above objectives in a single page and tempt the employer with some key points from your CV  Review company website for job descriptions or search similar employees on linkedIn. Find out as much as you can about the company and highlight this in your cover letter  If applying via email, you can write your cover letter in the body of an email or as an attachment; if you're applying by post, include it as a printed letter  When employers take on a new member of staff they're looking for two things:  - Someone who can do the job - Someone who wants to do the job – your covering letter can help to convey your enthusiasm
  4. 4. Role you are applying for Why you are applying Why they should read on and interview you Show you are familiar with their business
  5. 5. Set the scene Relevant to them and their current business situation What you are interested in Offer additional 3rd party referees able to talk about your capabilities
  6. 6. HINTS AND TIPS FOR WRITING A PERFECT CV Your CV is a tool with one purpose: to win an inter view  Avoid coloured paper or type, fancy fonts, photographs or clever deliver y approaches  Keep the look simple and make your points clear  Be truthful and don't be afraid to sell your skills  Use the past tense and choose strong action verbs  Avoid speaking about yourself in the third person  Avoid jargon and acronyms that other people might not understand .eg. CRO, TB, SOX  Tailor your resume for each specific application  Include the company profile of the organisations you have worked for  Make your CV results oriented: give proof to back up your capability statements (document inc in pack)
  7. 7. CV SECTIONS Personal Information - Include your name Full address Telephone numbers (day/evening/mobile) Email address Qualifications - List both academic and non-academic qualifications in chronological order, giving grades - Include 1st time passes, top 10, leaving cert points 450+, detail surrounding your degree thesis if it holds relevance
  8. 8. CV SECTIONS Employment Histor y  - Beginning with your most recent job, include: Company name Your job title Duration of employment Reasons for leaving  Ensure you give a brief outline of the company you worked with which will help give more relevance to the experience you’ve gained  Under each position, briefly outline your responsibilities but place the focus on what you have achieved in the role - this is where you can dif ferentiate yourself  Do not omit any period of employment or unemployment for whatever reason, as this may prove awkward at inter view
  9. 9. CV SECTIONS Personal Interests  Listing your interests is impor tant, but do not generalise. For example, instead of simply saying 'football', you could expand and say that you have played for a local club for the last four years and are now Treasur y Of ficer for the club References  Include a line stating that references are available upon request  Ensure you have at least two referees that have been made aware and have confirmed they are happy to provide written and perhaps more impor tantly verbal references  Ensure the referees you use are from your most current work histor y
  10. 10. BEFORE SENDING OUT YOUR CV Check and Double Check  Before submitting your CV/resume, make sure you check it thoroughly, not just for spelling and grammar mistakes, but also to make sure that it is a clear representation of you  Check that the content is relevant to the reader or business you are targeting, so that it will encourage them to contact you in order to find out more  Ask a friend to check it, too - someone who works in the industr y in which you are applying would be par ticularly beneficial
  11. 11. IMPORTANCE OF INTERVIEW PREPARATION  Celtic Tiger days of 3% unemployment are gone – currently at 12%  Employers market once again – wish list  Inter view preparation is of ten where people fall down  First impressions last forever, you only get one chance  The more time you put in to prepare, the easier the inter view will be  Whilst your CV opens the door, the inter view keeps it open or closes it quickly
  12. 12. HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR INTERVIEW Research    -        Who are you meeting? Check LinkedIn to read their profiles Where are you meeting? Transpor t Company Background – Google Year established? Size of business and their locations? What do they primarily do? Read last Annual Accounts to familiarise yourself Press releases on company website CV knowledge – know your CV inside out Job description – know what’s entailed inside out and be able to give examples on each aspect Practice psychometric testing / technical testing online beforehand Prepare two questions to ask at the end of the interview Thank them for their time Express level of interest
  13. 13. HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR INTERVIEW Presentation  Suit  Directions and transpor tation routes – punctual  Strong handshake  Water  Folder – CV and references
  14. 14. DURING THE INTERVIEW  Listen with enthusiasm  Answer with enthusiasm  Have examples to highlight competencies – demonstrate your ability  Have questions ready - Department structure Training – are there any training/development opportunities associated with the role? 3-5 year business plan I read about your plans to ….. (up to date press release knowledge)  Body language throughout Inter view  Handshake/closure
  15. 15. TYPES OF INTERVIEW QUESTIONS Competency based – demonstrate with examples of what you have done Give me an example of when you:  Worked as par t of a team  Demonstrated leadership qualities  Worked under pressure  Demonstrated your multitasking abilities  Working with clients or people outside the organisation  Demonstrated ef fective communication skills  Worked on a project from star t to finish and you’re level of involvement/seniority  Dealt with conflict/resolved issues For each competency based question… remember STAR to help formulate your answer:
  16. 16. COMPETENCY BASED INTERVIEWS  Adaptability - Tell me about a time when you changed your priorities to meet others’ expectations  Client focus - Give an example of how you provided service to a client/stakeholder beyond their expectations. How did you identify the need? How did you respond?  Communication - Give an example of a difficult or sensitive situation that required extensive communication?  Organisational awareness - Describe the culture of your organisation and give an example of how you work within this culture to achieve a goal  Problem solving and judgment - Tell me about a time when you had to identify the underlying causes to a problem  Results orientation - Tell me about a time when you set and achieved a goal  Teamwork - Tell me about a time when you worked successfully as a member of a team
  17. 17. COMPETENCY BASED INTERVIEWS  Developing others - Tell me about a time when you coached someone to help them improve their skills or job performance. What did you do?  Innovation - Describe something you have done that was new and different for your organisation, that improved performance and/or productivity  Impact and influence - Describe a time when you went through a series of steps to influence an individual or a group on an important issue  Leadership - Tell me about a time when you had to lead a group to achieve an objective  Relationship building - Describe a situation in which you developed an effective win/win relationship with a stakeholder or client. How did you go about building the relationship?  Self management - Describe the level of stress in your job and what you do to manage it - Describe a time when you were in a high pressure situation
  18. 18. OTHER TYPES OF INTERVIEW QUESTIONS Behavioural – scenario questions to establish behaviour patterns  Role plays  Case study  Establishing analytical / problem solving / operational / time management / super visor y experience Technical – demonstrate level of technical ability throughout work experience  Accounting and IT  Check what systems / procedures they use and prepare examples
  19. 19. DIFFERENTIATING YOURSELF FROM THE COMPETITION  Why do you want this job?  What do you know about the company?  Talk me through your CV?  Why are you looking to leave your current position?  What are your strengths?  What are your weaknesses?  How would your colleagues describe you at work? Outside of work?  How would your boss describe you at work? Outside of work?
  20. 20. GETTING THE INTERVIEW = SUITABLE FOR THE JOB!! Summar y  Know your CV  Know the role and the company  Know how your experience matches the role and give examples  Always have 1-2 questions to ask – if answered – explain they were already answered  Confident hand shake – hold cold glass of water in reception  Be prepared for ever ything – HR related / finance related questions  Always remain professional – smile and be genuinely interested  Never discuss negative experiences with previous employers  Bring references with you and leave copies at the inter view  Practice psychometric testing and technical knowledge testing online  Always set yourself apar t wherever possible  Each inter view is an oppor tunity to impress employers - suitable jobs in the future  If you are keen on the job and you get a good feeling then let the employer know  Be confident – remember, you have a skill set that an organisation needs

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