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Résumé Tips

Step 1: Heading

  • First and last name
  • Current address, accessible phone number
  • Professional email
    • Preferred: email with your first and last name
    • Not preferred: hotmomma22@hotmail.com

Step 2: Education

  • Current education
  • GPA, if over 3.0
  • Official name of your degree (never abbreviate)
  • Graduation date (right align)

Step 3: Work Experience

  • Any type of work-related experiences need to be listed
    • Include work or internship experiences
  • Names of the companies you worked for
  • City and state for each company
  • Titles/positions you held along with duties you performed
  • Start each sentence with a strong action verb
  • Your employment dates for each job (month/year to month/year)

Step 4: Leadership Experience

  • Any clubs or organizations
    • Include roles and/or duties
  • Dates and descriptions of skills/knowledge/competencies, as appropriate

Step 5: Final Touches

  • Bolding
    • Make sure the highlighted information stands out
    • Your name should be the biggest on your resume
  • Lines to separate the titles (makes it look cleaner)
  • Margins: ½ – 1 inch
  • Font: standard size, 12 point
  • Limit to one page

Here's a Résumé Checklist.

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Interview Questions

Basic Interview Questions

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • Why do you want this job?
  • Why have you chosen this particular field?
  • How do others describe you?
  • Where would you like to be in your career five years from now?
  • What's your ideal company?
  • Give me an example of a time you were able to contribute to a team project.
  • Why should we hire you?
  • What did you like least about your last job?
  • When were you most satisfied in your job?
  • What can you do for us that other candidates can't?
  • What were the responsibilities of your last position?
  • What do you know about this industry?
  • What do you know about our company?
  • Are you willing to relocate?
  • Do you have any questions for me?

Behavioral Interview Questions

  • What was the last project you headed up, and what was its outcome?
  • Give me an example of a time that you felt you went above and beyond the call of duty at work.
  • Can you describe a time when your work was criticized?
  • Have you ever been on a team where someone was not pulling their own weight? How did you handle it?
  • Tell me about a time when you had to give someone difficult feedback. How did you handle it?
  • What is your greatest failure, and what did you learn from it?
  • What irritates you about other people, and how do you deal with it?
  • If I were your supervisor and asked you to do something that you disagreed with, what would you do?

Interviewing Tips

  • Know the exact time, date and location of the interview prior to the interview day.
  • Research the company prior to arriving to the interview.
  • Arrive to the interview 10-15 minutes early.
  • Wear a suit unless the employer has instructed you to wear something specific.
  • Demonstrate good posture, sit up straight, do not fidget and make eye contact.
  • Speak and answer questions clearly.
  • Shake hands before and after an interview; be mindful of how firm to shake an interviewer’s hand – moderation is important.
  • Greet the person who is interviewing you formally (Ms., Mr., Dr.) until the interviewer invites you to do otherwise.
  • Ask for clarification if you do not understand a question.
  • Take your time when answering questions; if you need to take a brief pause to think about the question, do so no more than 5 seconds.
  • Sell yourself and experience in a positive way no one else can sell you.
  • Treat people you encounter going into the interview with respect.
  • Be honest, and be yourself.
  • Ask questions at the end of the interview.
  • Leave your cell phone in the car.
  • Practice good hygiene (e.g., hair is groomed).
  • Write a handwritten thank-you letter promptly after the interview.

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Resources

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