Here at Select Resumes, you would think that all we do would is writing resumes. Not quite. We take a holistic view of job seeking that encompasses your professional social media presence, resumes, cover letters, key selection criteria, personal statements – and interviews. Whilst we cannot be in the room with you on the big day, we can coach you with the skills that delivered on the promise of the resume got you there.
Nothing pleases us more than when we receive feedback that our clients have won a place at interview stage based partly on the resumes we have written for them. For many, this is all the help they needed, and they have the confidence, attitude, and general personality traits that are made for interviews, either on a non-one-basis or an interview panel.
However, some clients cannot even face the thought of an interview let alone attending one. Or perhaps they have progressed through their career without needed an interview for years. But suddenly they find that an interview is required. What’s changed? What are the typical questions interviewers ask these days? This is why we introduced our interview coaching skills package which will give you the tools necessary to overcome fears and be able to confidently tackle all questions pitched at you, whilst also encouraging you to ask questions of your own.
With today’s volatile job market, the notion of a ‘job for life’ is sadly long gone. People are changing jobs now with increasing frequency. While you will no doubt have many professional strengths, competencies, and qualifications, there’s one professional skill you may be lacking that you should develop – interview skills.
The first thing to bear in mind in training yourself to stop worrying and love the interview is that the interviewer wants to hire you. They would like nothing better than to lean over, shake your hand and say, “Welcome aboard”. They are not there to embarrass you or to make you feel uncomfortable – they are on your side. Go in with that attitude and half the battle’s won.
Remember, no matter the job title or rank of the position; every job role has to fulfil the same few criteria – increase productivity for the company, attract business, and to solve problems that the company currently cannot do. In other words, you need to prove your credentials to be an asset to them if you are a problem-solver. Convince the panel you are predominantly solutions-based, can identify and solve problems, rather than going over your qualifications or understanding of the role requirements will definitely get their attention.
When we write your resume, we put an emphasis on your key achievements. To be very honest, these will have strongly helped you win that interview. Examples that showcase your skills, rather than merely describing your skill sets and responsibilities will be compelling and highly persuasive. Have a few up your sleeve before you go into your interview and shoehorn them into the conversation either as a direct response to a question or by making the process a two-way conversation where you are an equal participant. Proactivity will be impressive, not rude. But keep your questions related to how you will be an asset. Do not ask questions, especially in a first interview, relating to what you want in terms of remuneration, benefits, etc. This is a huge no-no. As much as you would like to know, and as much as the interview panel knows you want to know, just don’t go there.
Your overarching goal in the time you’re in that room is to persuade the panel to make you a job offer. Keep that in mind.
At Select Resumes, we can help you with all of these techniques even, including the basic principles of neurolinguistic programming (NLP) – how to mirror and match your interview panel to get them on-side (if you fold your arms, and they follow suit – you are making great progress!).