Write the Perfect CV - Part 3 of 3 - Converting a perfect CV into an even better job interview
SO you have secured the interview. Well done and congratulations. You now need to kick butt and sell yourself through confidence, articulation and plenty of examples to show how you achieved the results in your CV.
Here are some simple tips on how to excel at the interview:
Prepare examples that illustrate what and how you have successfully solved problems or performed activities
When answering questions, make sure you state a specific situation, the tasks that needed to be done, the action you took and the results you achieved!
Answer questions with examples you have thought about before the interview. Typical questions are:
- Give an example of a goal you reached and tell me how you achieved it.
- Describe a decision you made that was unpopular and how you implemented it.
- Have you gone above and beyond the call of duty? If so, how?
- What do you do when your schedule is interrupted? Give an example of how you handle it.
- Have you had to convince a team to work on a project they weren't thrilled about? How did you do it?
- Have you handled a difficult situation with a co-worker? How?
- Tell me about how you worked effectively under pressure.
At the end of the interview, ask some thought provoking questions:
- What are you most hoping to find in the person you hire?
- What would be my first priorities on the job?
- Do you have any concerns about my ability to do the job?
Pam is a founding member of the FlexCoach panel of career and executive coaches. She has been on a 30 year journey that encompassed a constant juggle between corporate life and raising 3 children. Her background covers HR, Business, IT, Mentoring, Career coaching, Outplacement consulting, Learning and Development. She coaches people every day to help them be better at what they do, land their dream role, crystalise their goals and achieve their potential. Her passion is seeing people gain confidence to do what they were meant to do (and more!)
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