With a little extra effort, you can create a resume that can greatly improve your chances of landing into that dream job. Think of resume as a tool to win the interview. Here are some tips that will help you in this aspect.

  • Write a resume in such a way that it makes the employer to pick it up and read it. Think the objective of resume is making them call you for the interview. And the objective of the interview is only getting the job.
  • Don’t write paragraphs. Write in short sentences with effective words. Be specific rather than generalizing. Title to catch attention.
  • Re check twice at least to make sure no errors are there.
  • Place the most important information in the first place where ever required; in specific section or when saying your qualities.
  • Don’t make the font size too big or too small and don’t use capital letters unnecessarily.
  • You don’t need to write all about your earlier job if you have so many. Avoid that doesn’t make you proud. And don’t lie in the resume.
  • Don’t include anything that brings negative thoughts.
  • Explain your skills and say how it can help the company. And describe the achievements well, include numbers when appropriate.
  • Make the length of the resume to one or two pages maximum.
  • Update it before sending the resume.
  • Do not over pack your resume; let it be clean and relevant. After all it’s the best tool to market you.

Preparation is the key to present you well. Employer will want to find out more about you to decide whether you are fit for the position. So be ready. Check the following.

  • Dress neat and clean. Don’t wear anything uncomfortable, but be professional. And minimize your accessories.
  • Present yourself with pleasant smile and positive energy.
  • Plan to reach the place of interview at least 10 minutes early.
  • Have extra copies of resume with you.
  • Go through some typically asked interview questions.
  • Find more about the company.
  • Prepare to describe anything on the resume.
  • Speak clearly.
  • Prepare to ask some questions about the company or the job; not about salary or leave.
  • Don’t stop with a ‘yes’ or ‘no’, explain a bit.

Questions to expect

  1. Tell me about yourself?
  2. Why did you leave your earlier job?
  3. Why do you want to work with this company?
  4. Why should we hire you?
  5. How do you prepare yourself to achieve your goals?
  6. How do you work under pressure?
  7. What do you know about this company?
  8. Are you ready to relocate?
  9. What is your favorite book?
  10. What are your hobbies?
  11. What are your strength and weaknesses?
  12. Where do you see yourself 10 years from here?
  13. What is most important for you regarding work?
  14. In what ways can you contribute to this company?
  15. Are you willing to travel for job?
  16. Describe your leadership qualities?
  17. What kind of people do you dislike?
  18. How do you deal with criticism?
  19. What is greatest accomplishment?
  20. Got any questions?

Psychometric testing is done by most companies these days to check the aptitude and to find one’s personal and psychological thinking. So prepare for numerical aptitude, verbal aptitude, abstract reasoning, spatial, technical and clerical ability. The speed in answering is the key in this type of testing.

  • Numerical questions check your arithmetic. These are noted important for clerical and administrative works. Numerical estimation questions help to find how quickly and accurately you can give the answers which applies for technical and craft jobs. Management and professional jobs checks for your capability data in graphs, tables and charts.
  • Verbal testing includes your ability to find the correct spellings and vocabulary. Questions will be stated such a way that, your answer will say whether you know the meaning or not. Comprehensive questions test how you understand the passage given to you based on the questions followed.
  • Abstract reasoning tests are basically visual tests including patterns and diagrams. So no language or math is tested here. But it helps to find your general intellectual abilities. It says your capability to learn things quickly too.
  • Spatial ability checks are done for design and technical jobs. It finds the ability to mentally manipulate shapes and images.
  • Technical ability tests for mechanical reasoning and fault diagnosis. Mechanical reasoning tests are applicable for technical, engineering and military job whereas fault diagnosis is used to technical and maintenance personnel.
  • Clerical ability tests include data checking questions to find how accurately you can find errors in a given set of tables to check each other. Concentration tests are also done in this to find the capability of working in a systematic and careful way.