700 Words – Personal Statement, CV and Interview Techniques

Interview Techniques

Before you start any job you are usually interviewed beforehand. This will ensure the manager is employing the correct person for the role and someone they can trust. There are some great strategies and some not so great strategies to ensure you grab that job role you wanted.

The main key is to focus on STAR. This stands for situations, task, action and result. In simpler term, situation is the location as to where you may have previously worked or what further education you had and where. For example: apprenticeships, university, telephone and even social media. The task is specific about you aiming on your team and you. Talk about how well you work in a team as well as on your own. Action is the response to the question and dealing with customers whilst avoiding acronyms and talking about your work history. Talk about you and what you did that stands out from another employer. The result is the outcome talking about the percentage of sales, saving of time and money using quantified and qualified evidence.

It is important not to mention why you left your previous job unless they ask because this could be the difference between getting the job and not getting it.

You must dress appropriately for an interview and smart and not slouch when you are seated. You should shake the hand of your interviewer as you enter the room and close the door after yourself.

CV

A CV stands for Curriculum Vitae and this is what you hand in to the employer before you may be asked in for an interview. This includes your name at the top, address just below it and your key skills, experiences, education and references, if you have any. A CV is a way that you ‘sell’ yourself so you must summarise why the employer should employ you and not the other candidates. A CV should be double-checked for spelling and grammar and it is best to get other people to read your CV, for example a parent or carer.

A CV should not include many sentences and should list your education rather than write sentences about it. A standard CV should be no longer than one double-sided A4 page. It should be typed up on Microsoft Word in Times New Roman, Calibri or Arial font. Place your highest grades at the top of your education list to appeal to the employer and place your most attractive skills and talents at the top of your CV to boost your chances of impressing an employer. Bullet points are a good way to list your education. Never lie on your CV because this could portray a bad image and could make you come across to the employer as dishonest. Along with your CV, you should include a cover letter unless the employer has stated otherwise. The CV should be typed on a size 12 font so it is easy for the employer to read but isn’t too extreme.

Personal Statement

A personal statement is to talk about yourself and is usually for getting into universities. Avoid mentioning universities and colleges by name because a personal statement should be the same for all the courses you apply for. There should be course descriptions which should mention the qualities, skills and experience that are useful to have for each subject. The personal statement should mention why you are applying, your ambitions and what interests you about the subject and higher education.You should include any skills you have developed voluntarily for example NCS or D of E awards etc.

You should talk about any science, technology, engineering or maths skills gained. If you studied in another country, then you should mention why you want to learn in this country and not over there, your English language and any English courses or tests you have taken. Just like a CV, you should proof read your personal statement with your teachersand families to check spelling, grammar and punctuation. You should try to stand out, but be careful with humour, quotes or anything unusual just in case the tutor doesn’t have the same sense of humour as you. It should also be in a size 12 or 14 font in Calibri, Arial or Times New Roman. It should be about 4000 characters and 47 lines limit.

 

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