Revisit your resume
Prof Manhar Arora
Getting an employment is a dream come true for every fresh graduate. They all have studied for more than fifteen-years of their life to enter into the professional world.
Some of them do realise the toughness of the professional world, but most of the fresher's does not have any idea, how competitive it would be outside the college or university.
But when they found themselves in a critical position while seeking for an employment, they do realise that they are missing something in them.
The most critical thing that today's fresher's miss in them is in their resume. Whenever there is any recruitment program, candidates come with resume, and surprisingly they all look alike.
Come on boys and girls do something different and present yourself distinctively before the recruiter. Following are some suggestions and hints that you may find it appropriate to improve your resume.
A first thing starts with reviewing your resume. Review means revisiting your resume according to the company and job profile.
Sure, you know it by heart. But what would be that caught the eye of this recruiter or the HR professional? Is it a specialised experience, unique training or a steady history of career advancement?
Revisit your resume from the point of view of the interviewer. It may provide insight into the company's employee needs - something that would certainly be advantageous to know going in.
Take advantage of the internet and visit company's website. The Internet served you well in the preparation of personalised cover letters targeted at the recipients' needs.
Now visit the company web site again and start taking notes. Corporate officers, the latest press releases and the company's annual reports. Gather as much information as you can on your soon-to-be-employer.
Keep on preparing yourself about the employer. Study the material, learn or cram it is upto you to decide. The more you learn about your callback company, the better you're going to feel walking in that door.
Remember knowledge is power. It will make you more confident in your attitude and your answers. You know this stuff. You've studied it! Knowledge of company products, services, protocols and procedures shows the interviewer that you're proactive, with an eye for detail and an appreciation for the power of preparation. In other words, you'll make a positive impression.
Rehearse your interview. How can you rehearse for something that doesn't have a script? Write one. You know the typical questions you'll be asked so write down some of your most insightful, witty thoughts regarding the state of your industry and profession.
This is not a time for false modesty, so don't be afraid to highlight your professional strengths and play down your terrible typing skills. Remember: it's no brag if it's the truth. Ask your spouse, your child or a friend to play the role of interviewer so you become more comfortable speaking about yourself in front of others. Again, this is a confidence builder. The more you practice, the more confident you'll be. Develop your list of questions. Your interview shouldn't be seen as some type of interrogation. It's a "getting to know you" meeting, so feel free to ask questions.
However, your first question shouldn't be "How much do I get paid?" Instead, ask questions that show you understand the job and the company's needs. Be quick to pick up on the interviewer's comments and ask relevant questions.
Dress for success. An interview is a performance with people playing different roles. Your role is a successful job prospect. Play the part. Whether you're female or male, the conservative formal dress is the recommended outfit for any interview. If your business suit needs ironing, send it to the dry cleaners. Practice positive visualisation. Professional people do it. So do actors, yoga instructors and new age thinkers who sleep under makeshift pyramids to absorb that mystical energy.
It's called positive visualisation - and it works. It really does. In the days leading up to the interview, picture yourself sitting opposite the head of HR. Picture yourself relaxed, comfortable, at the top of your game.
Play that clip over and over in your mind until it becomes so familiar, it actually becomes a part of your self-image. It simply can't be stated too often - your confidence during an interview should be obvious and genuine.
Gather your materials. The day before the interview, gather your materials and place them in a briefcase or attaché or a folder. If you don't have one, buy one or borrow one. It's another opportunity to project that professional image you wear so well.
Bring extra copies of your resume in a manila envelop. Bring a pad and pencil to take notes. Bring a calculator (you never know). If you've been asked to provide additional information (school transcripts, e.g.) make sure you've got clean copies ready to hand over.
You've done it all. You've prepared yourself; you've built your confidence so you can look the interviewer straight in the eye. The night before the interview, go to bed early. Have some warm milk, coco or herbal tea. Relax. Set the alarm and sleep comfortably in the knowledge that you're as prepared as you'll ever be. No, not every interview will be a success. You won't get the job every time - but don't take it personally.
It's not about you; it's about the needs of the company. However, you can increase the chances of success by presenting a professional, prepared, and confident you to the interviewer. That's how you turn an interview into a job offer.