The Road ahead. Author: Ram Kallapiran, VP, ELC. Survey Findings on CVs. 86% of Interviewers think that cvs are not wholly truthful So be honest and truthful to gain an edge. . Survey Findings on CVs. They think 35% of cvs are factually correct.
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Author: Ram Kallapiran, VP, ELC
86% of Interviewers think that cvs are not wholly truthful
So be honest and truthful to gain an edge.
They think 35% of cvs are factually correct.
66% check professional qualifications.
56% check academic qualifications.
Highlight points for quick read
For senior positions 2 or 3 sheets
Put your strengths first and personal details last.
Less is more.
Use a lot of white space
Use the first paragraphs to highlight your strengths / profile / achievements etc.
Minimum words maximum impact.
Use power words such as achieved, powered, motivated, triggered, led, drove etc.
Beware of over-usage.
Show your experiences. Show evidences
Show leadership, responsibility, analytical and communication skills from life experiences.
Do your research.
Adapt your cv to show your experiences on what has been stated in the role definition.
Think of career advancement as well.
Call before sending cv.
Call after sending cv.
Go with the flow.
Lots available online.
As a minimum : Profile, Experience summary, achievements, qualifications, Projects / roles undertaken.
Vital in UK.
If you know the name, include in the address.
Keep it brief.
Provide important introduction – make it interesting.
Always think USP.
Write points that separate you from the crowd and takes you closer to person spec.
Industry certifications are useful to beat the race.
Generally for starters: if you apply for 100 jobs, you can expect 10 replies and 1-3 interviews.
Do your homework on the company, role etc. and have details on hand. Shows keenness and commitment.
There are common questions like ‘Tell me about you’, ‘your strengths’, ‘your projects’, ‘why are joining this job / leaving previous job’ etc.
Both IQ and Emotional intelligence are important.
Stay calm, plan your trip ahead.
Present yourself smartly.
Why are you leaving previous job?, what are your weaknesses?
Don t try to dominate the interviewer or show off aggressively to the panel – if you don t want to be shown the door!
Shows you aim only for money and nothing else. Take time and let the interviewer start the topic.
Why should they employ you? What can the company gain from you?
Speak words that don t sound as arrogance.
Seek clarification if you are unsure.
Ask questions about the company if they show interest.
Enjoy the interview and show so.
If the interviewer wants to throw some weight around - go with the flow, if you can.
Have eye contact and of course, a winning smile!
Can you please let know of any reservation, if any, in selecting me for this position?
Prepare 3or 4 other questions also.
How many jobs are around?
How many people are applying?
How tough is the competition?
Perseverance is key.
Keep all options open.
Be very logical and not emotional during this phase.
Even if you fail in an interview, the knowledge from the experience is enormous. Take note.
Write down any feedback / comments / answers from interviewers in your log book.
It might be useful to send an email or make a call after the interview. Shows interest. But be careful of not being a pest.
Explore MBA forums, Masters forums.
Look at the university of Greenwich.
Look at UCAS or other such bodies.
Be specific about the specialisation too.
Look at school ranking within University rankings
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