CV for a job interview
To prepare for a job interview abroad, you must know your CV inside out. Prior to the job interview, the interviewer will most likely only have seen your cover letter and CV. Therefore he/she is going to base their questions largely on the information from your CV. Each section of your CV is of importance and you should learn what to know for each section.
CV Sections for a Job Interview
Personal Info & Education on Your CV
You need an in-depth knowledge of your personal information. Being aware of your phone number, email address, and home address can be of essential importance to an interview abroad where you are more likely to be asked for contact details in case a company or interviewer needs to send you important information from far away.
Also, knowing the details of the education section of your CV/Resume is very important for a job interview abroad. Impressing an interviewer with specific academic results and overall grades helps you clearly stand out as a strong candidate.
Work Experience Section of Your CV
Next is the section on work experience. Today, with the extremely competitive nature of job positions in any country, interviewers are very interested to hear about any prior experience you have gained in a real-working environment.
You must be aware of where you worked, what you did whilst you worked there, how long you worked there, and what you learnt from the work experience. Knowing this section on your CV/Resume well is crucial to being successful in the job interview and attaining the work abroad to which you have applied.
Other Skills on Your CV
The following section of your CV/Resume contains the information about your other skills – languages, achievements, interests, and extracurricular activities.
Many people make the mistake of writing down any skills they can think of on their CV/Resume, imagining that they will never be asked about them. Wrong! Interviewers often like to pick individual examples that you’ve given and grill you on them to make sure you are being honest on your CV/Resume.
Extra Examples for Your CV
Lastly, you should have extra examples to back up each section of your CV/Resume. By telling an anecdote of when you overcame a challenge at your recent work experience, or about when you played a solo violin concerto during secondary school, you will come across as a well-rounded, competent candidate.
If you know yourself and have a host of real-world, personal achievements at your fingertips, then the interview process will be so much easier.
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