Cracking interviews – The last mile

   

Cracking interviews – The last mile

As we speak, many college campuses are caught in what I would call – Campus Recruitment fever. Students are feverishly brushing up their academics, preparing for the online aptitude tests and technical interviews.

Those who clear the initial aptitude rounds then face the scary HR interview – a nightmare that many students would be more than happy to skip. Alas! it is a necessary step to clear this round and grab that dream job. So, let’s check out – how to make a resume

As we speak, many college campuses are caught in what I would call – Campus Recruitment fever. Students are feverishly brushing up their academics, preparing for the online aptitude tests and technical interviews.

Those who clear the initial aptitude rounds then face the scary HR interview – a nightmare that many students would be more than happy to skip. Alas! It is a necessary step to clear this round and grab that dream job. However, many aspirants, often for lack of preparation and awareness, fail at this stage. Ask someone who has cracked an HR interview, and he or she would attest to the fact that it is in fact the easiest part of the selection process – as the syllabus is YOU, and YOU know yourself better than the company knows you!

Winning the HR Interview is an art and it starts with the first look – your Resume. The first look is the impression you would make in the minds of the company, even before they have seen you. And this is made by the RESUME you submit. It is your responsibility to see that the image is a positive image.

Ensure that your resume is Professional – the layout you choose, the formatting and fonts that you use all need to be professional. So, what does professional way mean? The following are the points you should follow:

  • See that your resume is well structured. There should be a margin (visible or perceivable), and the font and bullet points adopted should not be frivolous.
  • There should be no typo or informal language in that – and surely no SMS language!
  • Prefer using of tables where ever you can to capture and show data. For example, in academic description a tabular description would make it easier for the reader / the interviewer to understand your background
  • Do not elaborate unnecessarily. Use short sentences. Elaboration should be done only if the point is very important and relevant from the perspective of the job you are applying.
  • In case anything is mentioned as required – for example, a few companies do mention the need for stating the “Objective” – see that you are not missing these.

Remember that there is nothing like a correct or a wrong design when it comes to your resume. You can choose to make your resume the way you want it, as long as it is able to capture your strengths and highlights them in a professional way.

Ensure that you are covering the following heads in your resume

Academic performance

You can mention your marks, your standing in the class (to be included only if it is good), college from where you are graduating, and the likes. You can also include any co-curricular work such as projects done (these may not be relevant directly to the job – however you have spent time and learnt and should be mentioned), additional courses done (this could include online courses, and even courses where you do not have any certificate), industry visits undertaken, etc. If you are applying for an IT job, do not forget to mention your IT skills and courses undertaken (and this applies to non-IT engineering graduates too).

Extra-curricular contribution

Show this dimension of yourself. Do talk about any leadership position held, any social contribution done, or any sports played and excelled in. Quite often I have noticed students ignoring this. No! This is what would differentiate you from others who are academically as good as you are. And this is where, you also talk about your hobbies.

Personal information

Here, you can tell your story. You might have come from a background where your parents are farmers or teachers or professionals. May be, you come from a background where your parents are less educated, or even not educated. Does that make you special? Yes! in a way, you have demonstrated your ability to learn and push yourself.

A good resume helps not just create a positive image of you. It also helps you control the direction of the interview. In case you, have done anything interesting in form of a project – positioning it right in the resume (like – first page, say), and then elaborating it a bit, would help bring the focus of the interviewer there.

Resume often forms the basis for the questions asked in your interview and can often drive it in direction you choose. However, you need to ensure that you are prepared to elaborate on points mentioned in your resume and answer the questions based on these.

Next week, let us look at some of the common questions asked based on resume and ideal ways of answering those questions. Get started with working on your resumes. All the best! Fight on!!

This article - authored by Mr P V Rama Sasank, was originally published in Telangana Today on 26th February 2018.

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