When interviews come to mind, I can’t help but think of the many layers of interviewing. As I assist clients, I help them identify and articulate their skills and experiences effectively during an interview. This is extremely important for the following reasons: the expectation is you’ll convince employers you’re the best candidate for the role, the expectation is you’ll talk more than those conducting the interview and that at bare minimum; you’ll be able to communicate effectively and professionally. With that being said, I thought it would be helpful to share the various components of the interview systematically in hopes you’ll be able to effectively navigate the job search. While you must be able to communicate who you are, share your experiences, etc., you must also understand the process as well as its components.
- Cover letter: sent with your resume to provide additional information pertaining to your skills and experience. A cover letter typically provides detailed information regarding why you qualify for the job you’re applying for. Note: your cover letter should be flawless, not to exceed 1 page.
- Resume: a written compilation of your education, work experience, credentials, and accomplishments used to apply for jobs. There are different types of resumes: chronological, functional and combination. Conduct research if need be to determine which style is best for you. Note: your resume should be flawless and targeted, not to exceed 2 pages.
- Interview: a process in which a potential employee is evaluated by an employer for prospective employment in their organization. During this process, the employer hopes to determine whether or not the applicant is suitable for the role. Note: when you’re conducted for an interview, it is believed you can do the job. You must, however prepare your responses ahead of time. You should practice your effective responses and if you’re not familiar with behavioral interviews, please research this commonly used style of interviewing!!
- · Sell yourself by speaking to your skill set, experience and qualifications for the role
- · Ask questions pertaining to the role and organization
- · Follow-up with a thank-you note
4. Thank-you note: sent to express your gratitude or thanks after the interview. This shows your appreciation as well as your interest in the employer and leaves a favorable impression of you.
While the interview process can be intimidating and complicated for some, you can succeed and will secure employment when given the proper resources.
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