Have you ever been in an interview and feel like you're just repeating the bullet points on your resume? Sandra Fischer walks us through how to bring your resume to life during an interview. Differentiate yourself from other candidates…through preparation and passion.
Bring your resume to life is your "job" during the interview – you are the CEO of you so you need to sell yourself in that interview.
How do you answer the "Walk me through your resume" question?
- Pull out the things in your resume that are most relevant to the job you are interviewing for
- Be Precise and Concise
- Help fill in the story around your resume – did you have a unique experience that started you on your path (like a study abroad) or do you have volunteer experience that is relevant?
How to prepare for interviews:
- Start by writing out a memoir of your work history
- Then ask:
- What are you passionate about?
- What learned from this job?
- What skills developed?
- This is the story of your career
- Practice the interview
- Have friends, families or professionals ask you questions
- Spend as much time as possible – 30 minutes to 10 hours to prepare
Passion can be a differentiator – passion for the job, passion for the company, passion for your experiences.
Consider how you embrace change. How you handle change and continue to evolve and grow can be an important part of your story. Given the speed of change in business today, being able to evolve and keep up with change is an important skill that may not come out on your resume.