Interview Tips

If the prospect of dental surgery seems more appealing than embarking on an extensive job search in today’s depressed economic climate, it’s time to re-assess the old rules and try some new techniques to make you stand out from the job hunting crowd. Here are some helpful interview tips to land your dream job.
Fundamental Standard: The days of sending only a generic resume and cover letter to apply for a job are long gone, although a well-organized resume that outlines a candidate’s professional history and career plan remains a fundamental standard. Develop a resume that represents your ‘personal brand’ by highlighting leading competencies to improve marketability. Increase your net worth by taking on freelance or volunteer projects to develop your skills repertoire and gain practical job experience. Keep track of accomplishments including internships, courses and part-time jobs by regularly updating your resume. Make sure you record not only your notable accomplishments, but also any metrics associated with it. Contact Theresa at to develop your Resume, Cover Letter, Interview Presentation, and ‘Personal Brand’ Career Plan. Draw attention to leading competencies:
* Key strengths and qualifications
* Target objectives
* Hard and soft skills
* Freelance or volunteer projects
* Internships or part-time jobs
* Current and future training [including self-learning and reverse mentorship]
* Current and future academic studies [theses, white papers, on-campus leadership]
* Awards and exemplary accomplishments
* Social Media proficiency [blogging, content creation]
* Industry-relevant competitions
* Conferences attended
A cover letter remains the candidate’s best opportunity to connect their experience, education, strengths, and skills to what the employer is seeking in the job posting. Besides summarizing the candidate’s experience, education, strengths, the cover letter also demonstrates communication style, language competency, attention to detail, and understanding of the job and company culture.
Are you Multi-skilled?
The job market today is extremely competitive. What sets an applicant apart is demonstrating their multi-skilled job experience, eagerness to embrace opportunities to grow their learning curve, and making the best possible impression on the hiring manager. Job seekers should develop a printed and bound interview presentation that is handed to the interviewer. The objective of this document is to give a prospective employer a feasible reason to learn more about a candidate.
* Develop a Resume and Cover Letter
* Develop a printed and bound Interview Presentation
* Develop a narrative ‘Personal Brand’ Career Plan [part of resume]
* Develop the ability to describe your achievements in a compelling way
* Network with people in your desired career field
* Update Your LinkedIn Headline and Profile
* Polish your writing skills
Technology expands interview options
Technology is changing the world of personnel recruitment. Hiring strategies include automated phone interviews, recorded video [Skype] interviews, inbound marketing [employment branding] and digital storytelling [combining narrative with digital content such as pictures, audio, video] as a means to establish a relationship between competitive job seekers and the hiring team. While automated phone interviews are often preferred to video interviews because they are more user-friendly for both the applicants and the hiring teams, leading HR practitioners, career coaches and counselors agree that live or recorded video interviewing is fast becoming a preferred way for employers and recruitment agencies to create short lists of candidates.
* Automated phone interviews
* Recorded video interviews
* Inbound Marketing
* Digital Storytelling
Inbound marketing and digital storytelling offer relevant content [blog posts, quarterly whitepaper, company profile, company history] about the organization to help job seekers learn more about a prospective employer. Why are companies in favor of automated phone and recorded video interviews? One, automated phone interviews ensure that individual candidates can express in their own words why they believe they are the best fit for the job. Two, they can take the interview at a time that suits their personal time constraints. Three, it’s a cost-effective option for companies because they don’t have to hire a recruiter to make numerous phone calls. Four, it eliminates the need to evaluate candidate’s purely by means of their resume. Research shows that over 80 percent of resumes contain inaccurate or inadequate information and often fail to reveal an applicant’s true talents or potential.
Video [Skype] interviews are the latest trend in today’s employment scenario. Although it is a time-saver for both employer and job seeker some candidates may find face-to-face interaction difficult. It helps to practice beforehand to get the lighting just right and make sure you are not too far or too close to the camera, which should be positioned so that your head and top half of your torso are in the frame.
* Remove anything in the frame that may be inappropriate or distracting.
* Make sure nobody walks into the frame during the video recording.
* Dress according to what the position requires. Opt for solid, conservative colors.
* Make eye contact, which means looking at the camera.
* Avoid using notes during the interview. Rehearse the monologue beforehand.
* Monitor yourself. Check that you are not slouching. Lean slightly forward, which shows interest.
* Compile a digital portfolio in advance. Use the chat function on Skype to send relevant links to the interviewer.
* Prepare responses to ‘tell-me-about-yourself’ and questions about challenges relevant to the industry, the job, and the organization.