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 Resume Tips   

Most employers prefer a Chronological Resume

The chronological resume is organized by job titles with the most recent position listed first. Employers tend to prefer the chronological resume because the format lists prior positions beginning with the most current. Employers perceive this resume style as fact-based and easily skimmed.

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 Interview Tips

While job interviewing for most people may not seem to "come naturally", there is much that can be done in advance to increase your effectiveness as a candidate. Some individuals believe that just being themselves is sufficient for successful job interviewing. However, you are participating in a highly competitive selection process. You need to know how to effectively sell yourself, communicate your skills and experience, and to portray your personality as one that will fit in with the culture of the organization. Being properly prepared and informed about the interviewing process can help you positively focus your energies on what needs to be done and help you find the right job. . Below are a few interviewing tips that will help you prepare for your interview.

Questions to ask in an interview

What specific expertise or skill do you feel is most important for someone to succeed in this position / company?

What is the most difficult aspect of this position?

What is the first problem I will be solving (i.e. biggest or most difficult challenge)?

What exactly am I going to be doing?

Who will I be reporting to?

What interaction will I have with him (i.e. do you see him once per week or 24 hours per day)?

Any set criteria for promotion, or is it based on merit?

When asked about salary expectations, remember to be as open and negotiable as possible - a commitment to a figure could overprice or under price you - allow your consultant to negotiate the best salary for you.

How can I contribute to the team?

What would your expectations be of me in order to be successful?

Is your preference a team player or independent worker?

Do you have performance measures in place (e.g. performance appraisals etc.)?

Do you offer additional training?

How can I improve on the person who held this position before?

What exciting projects does the company have planned for the future?

Company and company history (i.e. competitors, holding company, structure of company)?

Ask to see the work place (it shows interest).

What is the company culture and working environment?

What is the company vision?

What are your future growth plans for this department?

What are the company policies?

Questions commonly asked in an interview

Tell me something about yourself?

Start with the present and give a brief summary of achievements.

Where would you like to be 5 years from now?

What is the most difficult situation you have had to face?

How did you handle it and what was the outcome?

How could you add value by joining this company?

What do you know about this company?

What would you like to specialize in? (Technology, career path etc.)

Why do you feel you are right for this position?

What are your strengths?

What are your weakness?

What were your reasons for leaving your previous company?

How would your friends describe you?

How do you handle confrontation?

What is your motto in life?

Describe yourself in one word?

What was your greatest disappointment?

Do you prefer to work in a team or individually?

Do you delegate work or do you prefer to handle everything yourself?

Who has had the most influence in your life and why?

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