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Interviewing & Resume Writing

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Joe Reardon

on 26 September 2012

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Transcript of Interviewing & Resume Writing

Cover Letters
Electronic applications & Follow-up
LinkedIn Use caution with industry and/or company acronyms that are not universal
No need to note that references are available
Don’t abbreviate
Be concise
Proofread, proofread, proofread…
and then have a fresh eye take a test drive Resume Content Tips (cont.) Sample Resume A lot of larger companies have on-line application tools to load your information
Employ terms that overlap position description information as much as possible
If salary information is required, try to indicate a range or midpoint; add a note regarding motivations if being flexible Electronic Applications Use discretion – keep in mind what key information you want to quickly relay whether it be from your cover letter or resume
Useful to communicate the most relevant key skills or to address a career hiatus or shift
Be factual and succinct Cover Letters Related Topics Note credentials after your name with full information and achievements at the tail end of the resume
Provide a sentence after the company name indicating size, industry relevant to your role
Accurately identify CPA status as active, inactive, or certificate holder
Sprinkle finance buzzwords to help HR systems flag your resume Resume Content Tips 1 page is a good length for students
Use bullet points, not paragraph form
Fonts – Use two max. (Arial and Times New Roman are the most common)
Avoid underlining and italics Resume Format Tips Chronological Resume (Focus)
Profile Resume (Contract Consultants)
Combination Resume Main Types Definition
A planned, purposeful conversation designed to determine the relative “suitability” of a job applicant for a specific position.
For the applicant, the interview represents an opportunity to communicate skills, experiences and qualifications as they relate to the requirements of the position and the needs of the employer.
The employment interview is also used to gather information about the company, the work environment and the position for which one is applying.

Goal: To differentiate yourself from other candidates pursuing the opportunity.
The employer has a ”need” that you may be able to meet. It is your goal to identify that need and demonstrate to the employer in what ways you are the one for the job.
The more you know about the job, the employer and the industry, the better prepared you will be to target your qualifications. Your task is to match your qualifications to the job requirements.  The Interview Focus on others in the conversation.
Gain information about them.
Don’t talk only about yourself.
Listen 70% of the time, talk 30%.
Don’t be an anxious listener, jumping in with your view or story before the other person is finished talking.
Keep good eye contact when listening. Drop eye contact momentarily when talking.
Ask follow-up questions rather than starting a new topic. This shows your sincere interest in what the other person is saying.
Use person’s name when making a point (don’t overuse it though).

Discover something special about each person; note and comment on it.
Note things they do well or something they’re concerned about right now.
Say thank you or express appreciation.
Remember specifics.
Support others in doing their best. Importance of First Impressions cont. What people see first is what they remember and how they will treat you.
Face-to-face impressions are formed within 4-6 minutes
Telephone impressions: 45 seconds
Job interview: 30 seconds
Impressions are formed by:
non-verbal cues ………..55% of impression
words and content……….7%

Project confidence. People “buy” people – if they like you and
have confidence in you they will buy what you’re selling/saying.
Dress professionally
Be enthusiastic and energetic
Smile (be friendly and personable)
Be a “walking logo” (be unique) Importance of First Impressions Importance of First Impressions
The Interview
Documented Questions
Specifically Relevant Skills
Role Play
What to Bring
Sampling of Questions to be Prepared to Answer
Other Commonly Asked Questions
Your Questions
General samples
The LAST Question
Thank You Note/Email Agenda References Primarily used for direct hire opportunities
Focuses on work experience and progression – company industry and size
Reverse presentation of roles, duties, and accomplishments
Account for all gaps in time Chronological Resume Improve your odds and advance your career! Resume Writing If not volunteered, ask for the business cards from
those involved in the interview.
Wait a few hours after the interview before sending an email.
Send a Thank You note or email.
Be brief
Summarize your level of interest and the main points of
relevance you bring to the position
Close Thank You Note/Email Accounting & Auditing Student Conference
October 2, 2012
Joseph H. Reardon 952.697.3571 Direct
952.697.3573 Fax cellular: 612.518.2101
joe@abramsonassociates.com Parkdale Plaza
1660 S. Highway 100
Suite 500
Minneapolis, MN 55416-1551

www.davidabramsonassociates.com Joseph H. Reardon
Executive Director Contact Information Interviewing to Impress & Resume Writing Tips Companies typically ask to check recent references from 2 former managers and a direct report; other connections can be relevant depending on the situation
Share reference information when you’re comfortable, not before
Have permission from your reference
LinkedIn – post resume Contact Information Joe Reardon
Executive Director
David Abramson & Associates, LLC Direct: 952/697-3571
Email: joe@abramsonassociates.com 1. Importance of First Impressions
2. The Interview
3. Preparation
Documented Questions
Specifically Relevant Skills
Role Play
What to Bring
4. Sampling of Questions to be Prepared to Answer
Other Commonly Asked Questions
5. Your Questions
General samples
The LAST Question
6. Thank You Note/Email Just ask 3-4 questions; pick them with care.
Ask about what you really want to know.
This is your chance to gather information and show that you have done your research on the company. What event/s led to this opening?
How often has it been filled in the past five years? What were the main reasons?
What would you like done differently by the next person who fills this position?
What are some of the objectives you would like to see accomplished in this job?
What objectives are most imminent? What would you like to have done in the next 3 months?
What resources and/or training is available?
What is the level of interaction between departments?
What are some of the long-term objectives you would like to see completed?
What type of support does this position receive in terms of people, finances, etc?
What freedom would I have in determining my own work objectives, deadlines,
and methods of measurement?
What advancement opportunities are available for the person who is successful
in this position, and within what time frame?
What significant changes do you see in the near future?
How is one evaluated in this position? Your Questions Tell me about yourself.
What is the last change or improvement you made
at your company?
What were your major responsibilities
at your last job?
What did you like best/least about your
last position?
Why do you want to work for us?
Why should we hire you? Other Common Interview Questions Behavioral Based Interview Questions Documented Questions
The Company and Industry
The Department
The Position
Specifically Relevant Skills
Resume/Work History
Position Description
Relevant Skills Outline
Role Play
Types of Interviews
STAR Techniques
What to Bring
Professional Portfolio
Documented Questions
Multiple copies of Resume
Job Description Preparing for an Interview Describe a situation in which you were able to use
persuasion to convince someone to see things your way.
Provide a specific example of a time when you set a
goal and achieved it.
Provide a specific example of a time when you had to
conform to a policy with which you did not agree.
Tell me about time when you faced conflicting priorities
and how you handled this.
Tell me about a risk you took recently.
(Make it a business risk that led to rewards.)
Tell me about a difficult decision you made
in the last year.
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