Interview etiquette refers to behaviour which is expected from an interviewee during the entire process of interviewing. It encompasses almost everything starting from the way you dress, breast mannerisms, store body language, prescription behavior with other candidates and communication during the interview.
Etiquette communicates one’s personality, his psyche, his mental strength and his character. These are important parameters that form the basis of a judgment (hiring decision) for an interviewer and are therefore important areas that should be taken care of while appearing for an interview. Following the set of etiquette is not only limited to dos and don’ts during the interview but it’s about maintaining a decorum right from the time when you reach the venue till the time you leave that place. It helps one command and gain respect from others and influence them at the same time.
Coming back to the components of the interview etiquette, your dressing and cleanliness are the first things that are counted on the interview score chart. What to wear for an interview should be decided in advance. There are no hard and fast rules for this but generally sober or moderate colors are recommended. Avoid wearing them if they make you feel uncomfortable or low on confidence. Whatever the choice may be; avoid the extremes, neither too dull nor too flashy or bright. Maintaining the decorum; while waiting for your turn comes next. Moving here and there unnecessarily, talking over cell phones in a loud voice are things that should be avoided. Then it comes to etiquette of speech. Wishing the interviewer, sitting properly, not changing the posture frequently, being clear and precise in speech is expected. The candidate should try to make the conversation smooth but should not indulge himself in over talking.
Control over emotions, smile and body movements is also expected. Don’t move your hands too much while speaking or putting forward your point. Carefully listen to interviewer’s question before answering. Taking a moment in collecting your thoughts and then putting your view is better than giving wrong or vague answers. And at the end remember to say ‘thank you’ and show your interest in joining the organization.
Last but not the least; follow up with the company about the outcomes of interview process. If you are not selected, ask the reasons for it so that it can bring improvements in you and help you in facing the interviews in future in a better manner.
Writing a resume is all about forming an impression on recruiters so that they call you for an interview. It is a conscious attempt to influence them and is an important part of the hiring processes. A well written resume can draw the attention of the recruiters. So, pharm be specific and precise while writing your resume.
Your resume is the first document which creates an impression on the recruiter, pills
write a clean, organized and well structured resume by following a standard format. Using a standard format doesn’t mean writing it in a traditional manner but it means giving all the basic and necessary information in a different manner that can attract the reader. Remember; don’t make it too fascinating as it can bring a negative impression. A resume should be short, simple and unfussy. Don’t stretch the statements. Keep them limited and include only relevant details. Too lengthy resume may irritate the recruiter.
Before writing a resume, get all the necessary details and facts with you as it will help you in knowing what to include and what not to include. You should give a simple summary of your education and work history. Be very careful in selecting and using certain keywords in resume as they can be debated at the time of interview. Try to make it reader friendly and clearly mention your those abilities which make you a suitable candidate for that particular job vacancy. It will be good declaring your intents while applying for a job. It helps in making a positive impression on the reader.
A recruiter just takes 30-40 seconds to go through your resume. The recruiter will read it carefully if he / she finds it impressive and interesting. So, carefully choose the headlines and words while writing your resume and avoid writing long paragraphs about your skills, abilities and suitability for the job. This can influence the perception of the reader and make him create a good first impression about you. Selection of right words can do wonders and make you suitable for a job.
The goal of writing a resume is to get maximum interview calls and ultimately a right job. But how should one organize the skill sets and work history in a resume so as to appeal to the recruiters? Which tools and techniques should be used while writing a resume? Do we always need to follow the basic format? These are few important decisions to be taken by a candidate while writing a resume.
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skills and educational qualifications in an organized manner is called resume formatting. In most of the resumes the employment history is mentioned in reverse order- most recent to least recent. This is a default format and is called chronological resume. Here the details of most recent or current employment are given on the top. This order is also preferred by most of the employers and recruiters as it tells about your latest designation and organization and clearly states your work history.
The second type of resume is functional resume where the details about your last organizations, check designations and employment dates are not mentioned. It contains details about your skills, abilities and competencies from least recent to most recent. This type of resume is used when a job seeker wants to showcase his skills and professional competency for a particular job. As a functional resume does not contain details about the job titles, employment dates and name of the organization, it is not preferred by most of the employers and especially in a conservative field it is a big no. Therefore, writing a functional resume is not recommended.
Another type of format is a combination of chronological and functional resumes and commonly called as a hybrid resume. It highlights the professional competencies and skill set of an individual and also mentions about the job titles, job responsibilities, employment dates and previous organizations. This type of format is preferred by almost all the recruiters as it contains all the background information of a candidate with all educational and job achievements.
So, one should format his resume according to the kind of job vacancy. Functional formats should be avoided as they are found useless by most of the recruiters.