HR Expertise and Advice

Interview Strategy

A strategic career move is something you are committed to. Your CV is updated and you have summarised your past achievements, key features, benefits to a new Employer and identified your goals and aspirations in a new career.

What can you do to further prepare for the Interview Process and increase your chances of an offer? Human Resources Professionals and Hiring Managers appreciate Candidates who do their homework prior to the interview. Company’s websites contain a wealth of information, hinge points for conversations, interest areas to spark questions and recent information on the Company.

Research before the interview is a big part of the process. A simple rule is to triple, as a minimum, the time spent researching the Company, history, future, news, structure and the Role and preparing for the Interview than you would expect the actual interview to take.

Interview Preparations

One of the keys to having a successful, productive Interview is preparation. It is vital in turning a one-sided interview into an opportunity for you to show what you could be capable of. How you answer questions, when you arrive, knowledge and research about the Company and a good understanding of the role and key requirements is essential but some people forget to say how their ability, experience and achievements meet the role requirements.

The following Checklist is a Guide to help you think of ways to differentiate yourself, show your fit with the Role, Company, Culture and Ethos and hopefully make you ask more questions to your Head Hunt International Consultant so that all your questions can be pre-resolved leaving the interview itself free of “discovery” and more about your suitability for the role and client.

CV Essentials

A CV should be no more than Three Pages, more than this is asking a lot of time from a busy Hiring Managers – your aim is to maintain their interest until the last word, not just the introduction.

  • Check your spelling and grammar - always do an ABC spell check.
  • Sales Statement – that Sells your Skills, Ability and Experience.
  • Consider a short concise Introductory Paragraph that gets your Achievements, Key Features and Desirability to a new employer across.
  • Career History - always start your resume with the most recent role first and work back.
  • Timeline - check that any Career breaks or Gaps between roles are fully explained. Recruiters and Employers take references.
  • Previous Employment – keep it interesting and concise - a Brief Description about earlier Career Roles is normally sufficient.

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