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CV Tips

Interview Tips

Questions you could ask...

 

Before you send a Currriculum Vitae in  response to a position, check, re-check and check again for typing errors!

(did you catch this one??) If you did e-mail us:  goldbar_assoc@sympatico.ca


Ensure that your CV is in either (.doc) or (.txt) form.


Do not include any personal information: such as Date of Birth, Gender, Marital Status, and most importantly, never include your Social Insurance Number.


Do not include hobbies or leisure activities unless it is pertinent to job application.  The same rule applies with including your photo.


Don't use fancy fonts or special headings.


If you are using a personal e-mail address that has a descriptive instead of your name,  create a new e-mail address with your name that promotes professionalism: here are some examples not to use (people actually used these when sending their CVs: hotlips@...,  tulipe6494@..., superman@...!


When you create your CV, save it as:               your last name, your first name.doc

Avoid using names such as: CV.doc, CV new.doc, resume.doc, CVNOV2002.doc


Return to Work Supplement

Did you know that Emploi-Quebec offers qualified individuals a lump sum payment of $500 to give you the extra boost to return back to the job market.

Click the links to their site.

http://emploiquebec.net/francais

http://emploiquebec.net/anglais 


Selling Tips

Whether you sell compressors for Air Conditioners or a $20,000 software program or you are trying to sell yourself, there are 5 steps in the "Framework of Persuasive Selling":

Summarize the situation: Conditions...Needs...Opportunities...Limitations

State the idea: Simple...clear...concise...capitalizes on situations.

Explain how product/service functions:     Who does what, where and when...anticipate questions and objections.

Describe the benefits:                                      How will they benefit in the short, medium and long term...how will benefits satisfy their needs.

Propose an easy next step:                              The easiest action to get moving NOW... something that could be done by yourself or the client.

 

Let's face it.  At one point or another, you have to sit through a job interview.  Here is a couple of pointers to ensure that your experience is a pleasant on rather that a dreaded one.

Prior to Interview:

  • Ensure you know the exact location of meeting place.  This includes directions, parking facilities, public transportation.
  • Have a clean error-free copy of your CV on hand.
  • Have a copy of any transcripts, Educational certificates (diplomas, attestations etc).
  • A portfolio of your recent work Research the company by internet, library or through you network of contacts.
  • Dress appropriately.

Day of Interview:

  • Arrive between 5-10 minutes earlier.  If you are too early, you may throw off the interviewer's schedule.
  • Demonstrate confidence in your demeanor. This means offering a firm hand-shake, smile and most importantly maintain eye-contact!
  • When asked specific questions such as in scenario-type, ensure that your example clearly covers their question.
  • If your in a panel-type interview.  Maintain eye-contact with the individual who is asking the question then during your answer, direct your eyes to the other panel members and when your have finished, your eyes should return to the panel member who asked the question.
  • Upon terminating the interview, let them know that you are enthused about the position and re-iterate the fact "that you are the ideal candidate for this position because..."  Then while maintaining eye-contact, smile, thank them for the opportunity they have given you, and a firm handshake!

Post Interview:

  • Follow-up with a thank you letter by email.  Ensure that the letter is specific to their company and job information.

Attitude, attitude & attitude!!

Attitude is a primary part of the employers selection process.  If you answer their questions, clearly and concisely with an energetic, optimistic attitude, you give yourself and edge to a second interview.

 

 
  • What would I see if I stood outside at 5 o'clock? Would everyone be smiling? Staying late or leaving early? Would they be taking work home with them?
  • What is your "learning plan" for me in my first six months?
  • What competencies do you propose I will develop that I don't currently have?
  • Which individual in the department can I learn the most from? What can they teach me? Can I meet them?
  • Does the company have a specific program to advance my career?
  • What are some examples of the decisions I could make in this job without any approvals? Can you show me the degree of autonomy and control I will have in this position?
  • How many hours a week do you expect the average person on your team to work? How many hours does the average person work? Are there work/life programs in place to promote a healthy work/life balance?
  • How will my performance be evaluated? What are the top criteria you use? What percentage of my compensation is based on my performance? Is there a process whereby the employees get to assess their supervisor?
  • If I do a great/bad job in the first 90 days, how specifically will you let me know? What are the steps you would take to help me improve?
  • What is the first assignment you intend to give me? Where does that assignment rank in the department's priorities?
  • What makes this assignment a great opportunity for me at this particular point in my career?
  • How many hours of your time can I expect to get each week for the first six months on the job? How often will we have scheduled meetings?
  • If I were frustrated about my job what specific steps would you take to help me overcome that frustration? How about if you were frustrated with me?
  • Can you show me examples of what you have done for others in your group in the past year to overcome any frustration?
  • What are the "wows" of this job? What are the worst parts? What will you do to maximize the former and minimize the latter?
  • What are the biggest problems facing this department in the next six months and one year?
  • What makes this company a great place to work? What outside evidence (rankings or awards) do you have to prove this is a great place to work?
  •  When top performers leave the company, why do they leave and where do they go?

 

 

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