If you are going to the interview, you should remember that there is no universally “good” and “bad” candidates – there are those who are suitable for the organization and the job, and those who do not fit for particular reasons.
The purpose of the interview – to determine the candidate who is best suited to the requirements of the position and the company’s corporate culture.
The questions that an interviewer usually asks during the interview are aimed at trying to understand if you, as a successful candidate, know what you need to know to work on a certain position, if you have the necessary experience and expertise.
Therefore, preparation for the interview should start with making up a list of those necessary skills a specialist working on your post should possess, what experience he or she must have and what kind of personal characteristics it is better to have. In other words, you should create a professional profile.
Read the descriptions of similar positions on the Internet because they might help you understand the requirements better. No matter whether you want to work at the office or would like to work from home, you should know everything about your future job.
Having made up your profile, you should know for sure that you meet all the requirements described in the job vacancy? If yes, when answering questions during the interview, it makes sense to constantly emphasize that you know exactly what you needto know for this job. If you still can’t impress a potential employer, you should show that you can quickly and easily acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and experience.
So you consider yourself ready to take the desired position and there is only one thing left – to find it. In order to find the position you need, you have to make up a resume (or CV). A resume is your business card, your portrait, and going through the resumes the employers or recruiting agencies determine whether the candidate suits the position or not and whether to to invite you for an interview or not.
Here are some guidelines on how to create a resume so that you will be invited for an interview:
1. Include the following information:
- Name, phone numbers , e-mail
- Home address
- Date of birth, marital status
5-7 sentences stating your expertise in a certain area:
- 3 years of experience in … (mention the field)
- Knowledge of … (in the field of psychology, marketing, etc.)
- Understanding … (business processes, customer needs, etc.)
- Skills … (negotiations, presentations, conflict management, etc.)
- Trainings, certificates
- Education (school, college, institute, courses)
- Driving license
2. Making up a resume you should describe your work experience as detailed as possible because this may be interesting for your future employer.
3. You should describe your experience in sequence, starting with the last (or present), and ending with the first place of work.
4. Resume is a formal and official document, so do not use colloquial language or idiomatic expressions. On no account should you write your resume in the form of an essay. It is better to provide only necessary information and do it briefly but thoroughly.
5. And most importantly, having created your resume, check it for spelling errors! Errors in spelling can hardly convince the recruiter that you are careful, responsible and educated and you will be hardly offered any city of Montreal, city of Toronto or city of Calgary jobs. what’s more, you can be added to the black list of candidates in these cities and you will have to work hard to recover your seriously undermined reputation.