Your resume gets you the interview and your interview gets you the job. So how do you appropriately use your resume while interviewing? Stacey Gordon is not only a career strategist, but interview coach and in this video you will learn the importance of steering the conversation to your achievements, being prepared with the right version of your resume and being confident in your skills even if you believe there are areas of your resume which might be lacking.
- How many in person interviews will a company conduct in order to fill an open position? There is no single answer to that question, but in most cases it is less than 10. So this is great news if you were chosen for an interview. It means odds are very good that you could be hired. So what do you do to increase those odds? First, be prepared. I know, I sound like a broken record, but you can never be too prepared for an interview.
Review your resume. Not just your general resume, but the customized resume you created which helped you get the job interview. It can get confusing with several different versions of your resume floating around, so be prepared by knowing exactly what it is you have on that particular resume the interviewer will have in their hands. Know the skills you listed that are particularly important for this specific job. Have examples ready of how you used those skills.
Direct the interviewer to sections of the resume they might overlook. Explain why the skills, achievements, and volunteer work you have chosen to include is relevant. And don't shy away from trouble spots on your resume. Gaps, short term jobs, or lack of experience with a particular skill, put a positive spin on them. Second, be careful not to use the resume to get in the door and then contradict yourself in the interview. Practice what you're going to say, and ensure what you say aligns with what is written.
I once had a candidate meet with me who, during the interview, completely contradicted what was in her resume. I asked her why she would give me a resume that shows one thing, when she really wants a completely different type of job? She explained that after speaking to me, she realized she really didn't want to do that type of work anymore. So I advised her to go home and rethink her career, get clear with what she wanted, and then revise her resume. Third, don't waste the interviewer's time. But most importantly, don't waste yours.
It takes time, lots of effort, and money spent on transportation to go on an interview. Why bother if it's not what you want? Be honest with yourself. If you can't articulate why this is the perfect job for you, the interview will not go well. Have a solid reason for being there other than I need the money. And if you're not a hundred percent excited about the prospect of working there, it will show in the interview. Fourth, be confident in your abilities.
Don't worry about being overqualified or underqualified. If the interviewer didn't think you could be a good fit, they wouldn't have taken the time to invite you in to interview. Studies show that women in particular have a tough time with this. But I have interviewed my fair share of men, and they seem to struggle with this too. A good example, or maybe in this case a bad example, of just how easily a lack of confidence can ruin your chances of getting the job is with this particular candidate who had a resume that met all of the requirements of the job, and seemed, at least on paper, that she would be a great fit.
I started with a phone screen in order to check a few facts on her resume, starting with the biggest requirement of the job, which was using a particular software and managing others in the process of customizing and implementing it. One of the first questions I ask is about her use of the software and her level of skill on a scale of one to 10, and she tells me she's a six. A six. So while she continues talking, I stop listening. I'm questioning my skills as a recruiter, I'm wondering why I called this person in the first place, and I start scanning her resume again.
And then I see it. She's had almost a decade of experience using, developing, and customizing this software. So I stop her mid sentence and I ask her if it's true that she actually has this experience? I ask her about her use of the software, and she proceeds to spend five minutes detailing all of the things she's done. So i stop her again, and I ask her why on Earth she would rate herself a six, when it sounds like she could easily rate herself a 10? And she was silent.
She finally said, you know, I have no idea. I can't believe I did that. I couldn't believe it either. Lucky for this woman, I chose to dig a little deeper, but you can't count on that happening for you. There is no point in crafting your resume to showcase your best self if you end up sabotaging yourself in the interview. In the job search process you don't always get a second chance, so make sure you don't need one by being prepared every step of the way.
Stacey A. Gordon, cofounder of Career Incubator, has made it her life's work to help others find the jobs and build the careers of their dreams. In this course, she walks through the basics of resume writing for job seekers, as well as a few extra job search basics such as following up, sending thank-you notes, and identifying companies to work for and determining fit.
Stacey explains what you should include on your resume, what to exclude, and how to craft your resume to showcase your talents and best qualities. Using practical resume examples, Stacey walks through choosing the right resume format, tailoring the information to match job requirements, and writing alternative resumes that include industry-specific information. Last, Stacey shows you how to deal with some common sore spots—like job hopping, lack of experience, or large unemployment gaps—while concentrating on your experience.
- Writing an objective statement
- Adding a summary of skills
- Showcasing your professional work
- Presenting your education
- Customizing your contact information
- Tailoring your resume to fit a job
- Upgrading your resume
- Choosing a resume layout
- Writing resumes for marketing, entertainment, and design jobs
- Handling career gaps and job changes
- Standing out and following up with employers
- Using a resume effectively
- Determining fit at a prospective job
- Finding contacts at companies you want to work for