Hey, everyone. It’s Andy with this week’s tips for working life. Today we’re going to talk a little bit about job interviewing and when the job interviewer opens up with step me through your resume. It is probably one of the dumbest ways for a job interviewer to open up the interview, but it is one of the best things that could possibly happen to you in any interview. You might be puzzled, you might be wondering, I know there are a lot of you out there.
I get the emails, I get the comments on my YouTube channel and my blog where you’re wondering how to answer this. You say, “Ugh, I’m not sure where to start. I’m not sure what to say.
I’m not sure what to share. I don’t want to share the wrong things.
“What you should be thinking is,” Yes. Thank you mister unskilled job interviewer person for hurling me that sweet softball question that I can now take and altogether control the interview and astonish you with my professional foreground spool, so buckle up and prepare to be amazed.” That’s what should be going through your ability because you now get to offer up whatever it is you want to share. Before we get into the here’s how, I want to talk a little bit about the dos and the don’ts to get you positioned in the claim discern before you walk them through.
First thing I require you to do is it’s actually before the interrogation ever starts, date before, the week before, whenever it is, I demand you to look at your resume, I require you to look at the job description, and I miss you to determine what areas or activities or accomplishments in your resume most closely align and best dres “you’re going to” do that character effectively.
I demand you to think about those and one tool that I have that you can grab is my career achievements journal. It’s got 14 immense areas to investigate about any major project you do in your professional career. It’ll really give you questions to ask yourself and information to gather that will be wonderful to share whether with your current employer or a prospective employer. I want “you’re going to” simply kind of think through the resume and really think through how it aligns to what it is that they need in an employee.
That’s the first do.
The second do, make sure when you go into the job interview you returning a emulate of your resume. It’s something a lot of beings forgotten to do, but here’s why you need it. Number one, you cannot be sure that the job interviewer’s actually going to have a copy, and even though they are they do have a imitate it’s highly likely that they have not read it. I know it’s sad but it’s true. They’re that slothful, which is why they asked you to walk them through it because they want you to read it for them to them.
You can be somewhat particular about that. You want to make sure you’ve got a copy of your resume. You too want to make sure that before you start you know what direction to speak in. You want to make sure that you ask them the direction. There’s mostly three attitudes you can go through this exercise.
You can start at the beginning of your professional life and you can walk them through your resume up to today.
You could ask them, “Do you want me to start at the beginning and “I’ve brought you” current, or do you want me to start today and go in reverse chronological order and run downwards to the beginning of my professional career, or would you like me to cherry collect those sectors that I think are most important for you to know to determine whether I’m a good fit for the job, the things that I consider best planned me for the character? Which way would you like me to go? ” They’ll probably want you to go from the beginning of time to today, but regardless of which guidance, you’ll know. What I don’t want “you’re going to” do when “you’re starting” is I don’t want you to actually read them what’s on the resume.
Don’t look at your resume and start deciphering. You’ll be very dry. The other thing that will become you dry, the second don’t that I don’t want “you’re going to” do, is I don’t want “you’re going to” precisely talk about the activities that you have on the resume.
You’ll lose them. You’ll lose their attention.
It’s not that exciting that you were responsible for this or you did that. Once you know what direction that they miss you to go in, most of them are going to want you to go from the beginning of time till today, so start going through your resume and here’s what I want you to do. When you start at the start, now for many of your I know that was 10 years ago or 20 years ago or 30 years ago, the first thing you have to remember is that not all the information on your resume is created equal in helping you get that job. It’s not all as relevant. For those areas and those are usually going to occur in the beginning of your job, they’re not going to be as germane.
I want you to walk through those exceedingly, very quickly. If I was interviewing, someone was interviewing me today for a practice leadership position and they wanted me to talk about how when I went out of college I was a software programmer and an architect, I might say something like, “I graduate college with this degree.
I started working as a programmer and then I became a decorator, and then I started administering projects that implemented software solutions.” That took me 10 seconds to go through 5 years of my vocation because it’s not very relevant, but they asked you to start there so that’s what you just wanted to do. You want to, those areas that are not as important or as critical, you want to go through them very quickly.
Let’s say you get to a discern in your profession where you think this is really a home run accomplishment, or a home run achievement, and this is your opportunity to shine. When you do that you want to make sure that you are giving them context around what was happening in that project. What did you do? What was the business benefit? Who were you doing it for?
Who were you doing it with? How much money did you save the lives? How much coin did you make them? Whatever it might be so that career accomplishments journal that I mentioned that’s in the notes that you can download, has 14 ranges or questions that you might want to answer for them in your story.
It introduces real framework, so then give them some good shade and then move onto the next one.
You might be thinking, “Andy, I could go on for an hour talking about myself, my resume.” Good, start doing that. You get to totally wrote exactly what it is that you want to say. You might be thinking, “I’m not really sure. Maybe I’m running off at the mouth.
I might assume them.” There’s ways for you when you are reached each major region in your resume, just take a pause, look over to the interviewer and just say, “Is that enough there? Did you have anymore questions about that? Did you want to discuss that any further? How am I doing?
Should I go onto the next pitch? ” Whatever you need to do to give yourself a speedy shatter exactly do that.
The fact of the matter is they’ve turned control of the interrogation over to you so you now get to blueprint the dialogue that occurs. You get to tell them whatever it is you want to tell them, not what they want to ask you. That’s the sounds wonderful about get asked that question early in the interview.
I hope that helps. I’m not going to summary all of this, but one thing that I do want to point and stress before signing off is to make sure to grab that vocation achievements journal because that’s going to give you a lot more context that you can put into your floors and fix them a lot more colorful and strong. If you want to learn more about how to respond to their questions or how to tell narratives in a job interview, check out my free interview announced Three Keys to Ace Any Job Interview. It’s free. It’s also in the memoranda, but you really nail any interrogation, any kind of interview, if you check that out.
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Till next week, have a great one..