Pay attention to the fact that your curriculum is like a business card to the recruitment process. The chances of being called to an interview depend on if the recruiter had a good impression about you and if he liked what he had read when he saw the curriculum. When writing your curriculum remember that:
Before answering any ad, analyse every aspect of the offer and get sure it fits your profile.
Have a standard curriculum, adapting it to each offer, highlighting the experience demanded by the requirements. If you have access to the name of the recruiting company do a research about the company and adapt your curriculum to its values.
The curriculum should include a cover letter. The letter should be formal, appealing and succinct. Beware of spelling mistakes and sentence structures, use A4 blank paper, never exceed more than one page and sign at the end.
Here are some tips that you must follow to ensure a good cover letter:
Do a research about the company trying to know its background, policies, sphere of influence and information’s concerning their products and/or services. Visit the website and the social networks of the company. To be informed will demonstrate your interest and will increase your chances of getting to the next phase.
Generally, an interview starts always with some small talk to help the candidate feeling more comfortable. Be prepared to talk about the company and the daily news. Avoid talks about sex, politics and religion.
Be prepared to answer the most frequent questions of an interview. If you're comfortable with the answers it will avoid nervousness and will show confidence to the interviewer. Here are some examples of questions that are usually asked:
Prepare a file with copies of your curriculum vitae and certifications that might be pertinent to the position. If you have portfolio take it with you and don't forget your pen.
It has been proven that the interviewer forms 90% of his opinion about the candidate one and a half minutes after being with the interviewee. That impression is given by his looks and behavior. Pay attention to your appearance (clean hair, manicured nails, soft makeup, shaved) use conservative clothes (for example skirt and coat for the women and suit for the men) and clean, appropriate shoes.
Arrive on time for the interview, preferably 15 minutes before the scheduled time. Regardless of your excuse being late gives always a bad impression about you. But when bad luck happens try to call the company and say that you will arrive late. Try to schedule another hour, justify yourself but be straight and concise.
Be gentle and kind to everyone with whom you contact in the company.
When received by the interviewer, if you are sitting down, stand up and wait for the interviewer to greets you. If you are sent to the room where you are expected wait for the greeting and only enter after being invited. The handshake should be sincere, not too tight or too loose. Wait for the invitation to sit down and assume a correct posture. Look intently at the interviewer. Show maturity and confidence.
Pay attention to the questions that are asked and answer with clarity and sureness. Ask for clarification whenever the questions are unclear. When asked to talk about yourself be simple and straight. Talk about your educational and professional path as well as other things relevant to the position that you're applying for. Show interest and enthusiasm. Don't lie to the interviewer.
You may conceal some information’s but avoid lying.
Never complaint or talk down about your current or latter job.