Interview / Résumé Tips
Prepare for the Interview:
- Make sure your resume is accurate.
- Call your references to obtain permission to add them to your contact list that will be provided to future employers. Have a sheet with names and phone numbers ready.
- Google Company.
- Make sure you have good directions so you can be on time.
- Don’t be late!
- Turn off your phone.
- Dress professionally and remember to shake hands.
- Don’t talk negatively about former employees/employers.
- Maintain good eye contact.
- Ask questions about the job not the benefits.
- Let them know you are interested in the position, “I hope I’m being considered because I’m very interested.”
After the Interview
- Call your Staffing Supervisor/Consultant to review how your interview went.
- Write the company a Thank You Note!
- The first thing RPS or any potential employer will ask for is a copy of your résumé, an outline of your experience and qualifications for the job in question. Think of a résumé as a one-page first impression. It is critical to project a professional image with your résumé.
- When sending a résumé to a potential employer, always include a personalized cover letter summarizing your qualifications for the job and why you are particularly interested in this position.
- We have included samples below of a Chronological Résumé and an Entry-Level Résumé.
- The trend in résumés is toward more concise, skill-oriented information. Accuracy and good taste, though, will always be in style. Use good quality white paper, readable type, and make sure that your résumé will fax legibly.
- Keep your résumé short — preferably one page. Employers prefer a brief description of your skills and abilities.
- Keep it accurate.
- Give brief but accurate contact data. Include your home address, phone numbers, & e-mail. Do not include your phone number at your current position.
- When job hunting, make sure your answering machine has a professional greeting. If anyone else answers your telephone, make sure they are prepared to respond and take messages in a professional manner. A clueless roommate or rude child can easily ruin your chances for an interview.
- Use action words, and quantify your achievements whenever possible. If you increased sales, tell by how much; if you signed up new clients, tell how many.
- Most importantly, proofread, spell-check, and proofread again! Many employers will automatically discard any résumé with a typo.