Cèst merveilleux ~ My session is scheduled on Saturday… The session page is now up! You can find it at: http://www.apa.org/convention/activities/job-fair/session-schedule.aspx. It’s called “Those Negative Thoughts Won’t Help! Networking Will: 7 Needed Networks for Psychology Professionals. Now Ain’t That Good News !!
Your resume may be stellar but are you prepared to answer questions about your resume during an interview? In support of my book, Winning Answers to 500 Interview Questions (tinyurl.com/winning500answer), here are 3 questions that may come up during an interview based on your resume and suggestions on how to respond:
Walk me through the important points on your resume.
Why this question is being asked: As the interviewer may not have had the opportunity to review your resume extensively before the interview, he/she would like to hear about the most important parts of your background.
Strategy: Don’t tell your whole work or professional history but discuss the most salient points of your background.
Sample answer: I’ve been in my last position since 2003. I lead a team of 20 sales agents. I have increased sales by 5-7% every year while cutting costs by 8-10% each year. I studied psychology in school and worked my way up from a sales coordinator in a niche firm to a management position in a Fortune 50 company. I am skilled in several database programs and Microsoft applications. I recently completed my masters in communications at Hudson University.
Your resume suggests that you may be over-qualified for this position. What’s your opinion?
Why this question is being asked: To determine why you are applying for a job that you appear to be overqualified for.
Strategy: Explain why your skills and qualifications are a good fit for this job and why you have a serious interest even though it appears to be more of a junior level position.
Sample answer: I think that I am a good fit for the job, neither under or overqualified. Although my last title was “Manager”, it was a smaller company compared to this one.
Given the achievements on your resume, why is your salary so low?
Why this question is being asked: The interviewer wants to understand how much the salary factors in to your career goals.
Strategy: Explain your long term strategy in preparing yourself for the highest future earnings as opposed to taking whatever highest paying job comes next.
Sample answer: Up to this point in my career, it has all been about contributing to the organization and getting as much experience as possible. I chose to take some jobs that paid in the middle range of the market as opposed to the highest, as I knew those firms would challenge me the most and I’d have the best opportunity to learn. Now that I’ve gained all of that experience, I feel that I am in the position to pursue a job that adequately meets both of my goals- to challenge me as well as pay a salary that is at the higher end of the scale.
Lavie Margolin is a New York-based Career Coach in practice since 2003. He authored the book, Winning Answers to 500 Interview Questions. For more information on Lavie, you can check out his website: http://www.Lioncubjobsearch.com . Follow him on twitter @Laviemarg
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Mark Anthony Dyson, MAEd/AET has stated:
Debra Ann Matthews,MA,JCTC is one of my guests for next week’s episode as we discuss cover letters. She allowed me to play devil’s advocate, but I think it will clarify misconceptions about cover letters and provide some real help. Listen on his podcast at http://thevoiceofjobseekers.com/.
If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. -Vincent van Gogh
Dial in and talk to BCWN Career Mentor and Resume Expert Debra Ann Matthews, tell us where our resumes may be going wrong in the eyes of an employer and how to change them to get noticed. Thursday 4/10 11:30 CST /12:30 CST
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