Smith, Harney & Daly Newsletter | Monday, April 30, 2012
Interview Tip of the Week on “How to interview for a job”
When asked a question like “tell me about yourself” it is important to highlight your experience that particularly relates to the position at hand as well as your hobbies and interests. The employer wants to make sure that you are balanced and someone they could potentially spend every workday with. So make sure to express your interest in the position and express how you are a well rounded person with hobbies and a life that will keep you motivated each day.
Thoughts - When considering how to interview for a job, it’s important to relax and be relatable. Applying to jobs can sometimes feel like a catch-22. Defining who you are and what you represent is one of the most important aspects of a resume, yet at the same time it needs to represent exactly what the employer is looking to hire. Learning to adapt- but not change- how you represent yourself is essential when applying for a new career. Whether you are looking to stay in a similar career path or looking to work in a completely new one, your resume needs to reflect what you’ve accomplished along with what another company wants in an employee. Sometimes this is incredibly daunting. It is easy to feel like your previous jobs do not completely relate to the job you are applying for, even if you know it is a position you could successfully take on. This is why it is necessary to adapt to the position and alter your resume to truthfully yet effectively represent you. The easiest way in maneuvering this technique is by looking at the company’s job description. Pinpoint requirements and experience listed that you have accomplished. Then make sure to highlight your relevant experience and use the same vocabulary in your resume that they use in their job description. Emphasize the relatable experience that you have to make sure you are getting your pertinent accomplishments across, even if it means changing every resume for every position in which you apply. By reflecting in your resume word for word the requirements they ask for you are highlighting yourself as a perfect candidate for their position. Although this may take more of your time, it will set you up for success and eventually land you the job. Thanks for reading How to interview for a job!
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