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Candidate Tips

Writing Your Resume

  • Customize your CV according to the job opportunity. Never have a “standard one that fits all” approach. This increases the opportunity of your CV being “noticed”.
  • Depending on your circumstances, you can choose a resume format. You may use Chronological (listing the most recent experience etc first and then giving qualifications etc.), Combination (Skills and experience are listed first and then the employment history in chronological order) or Targeted (Experience and skills relevant to the job opportunity is highlighted first) format.
  • Use Keywords in your resume that matches with the job descriptions. This increases the chances of your resume matching with the job requirements.
  • Prioritize the resume content. Most important and relevant experience and skills should find a place first. Your relevant & key accomplishments (as per job relevancy) should be listed at the top.
  • Tailor your resume objective to be in line with the job opportunity you are applying for to make your resume “visible”.
  • Make sure that your CV is free from Spelling and Grammatical errors by proof-reading your CV thoroughly.
  • Do not include silly statements like “References will be provided upon request” or “the above statements are true to my knowledge and belief” because it is understood that you will provide references if requested or you are expected to provide facts only.
  • Use simple fonts for clear reading and to make it more appealing and use bullet points to explain your accomplishments rather than a paragraph as the Recruiter may not find it bored to read paragraphs.

 

Preparing for the Interview

Before the interview

  • Understand the job requirements well. Analyze skills and experience that are required for the job by going through the job profile.
  • Then, you can start thinking about the best match you have for those requirements. You may have done this during the resume preparation stage, but remember , you are going to present yourself , so practice how to present.
  • Anticipate questions on your presentation and keep your answers ready for those as well. Practice and rehearse your presentation as well as answers to the interview questions so that you can find out any mistakes or things to which can be avoided. This also will make you face the interviewer confidently without any nervousness or stress.
  • Do a research on the Company, its status, products etc. using the available media and have a good knowledge about the Company. This helps you to portray a good image with the interviewer. If you require any further information, you may ask them.
  • Get to know the interview location in advance and the possible hurdles to reach so that you can plan in advance for early arrival.
  • Concentrate on your outlook. Choose appropriate professional outfit to wear and make yourself in a presentable manner because “First impression is the best impression”.
  • Carry a couple of copies of your CVs, references and list of questions you would like to ask the interviewer in a neat file.

 

During the Interview

  • Arrive 10-15 minutes early to avoid any tension and make yourself calm and composed.
  • Remember to greet the Receptionist, interviewer and any other person you meet at the venue in a polite and pleasant manner.
  • Switch off your cell phone. Do not chew gum and don’t do any action which distracts the interviewer.
  • Watch out your body language which is very important. Maintain eye contact with the interviewer. Sit up straight in the chair and lean forward towards the interviewer.
  • Listen to the interviewer’s questions carefully. If you don’t understand, it is better to ask them to repeat rather than assuming it wrongly and answering.
  • Convey your point precisely and clearly. Where required, use examples. Don’t beat around the bush. Make sure the interviewer has understood your point from his / her body language.
  • Highlight your strengths and avoid any negative feedback about your previous employers.
  • Be straight forward and honest in your answers.
  • Be ready to engage the interviewer. Ask questions about the company (if required), its culture, and its projects. You can also ask questions about the job deliverables, growth prospects in the company.
  • At the close of the interview, leave the impression that you are an excellent fit for the job.

 

After the interview

  • Thank the interviewer firmly.
  • Get to know what the next steps are.
  • Come back to us about the interview feedback.