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Why should I interview you ?

10 July 2014

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Please tell me why I should interview you ?

 
It never fails to amaze me how many candidates I meet / hear from via the various channels open to us all now, seem to be under the impression that with only the briefest of information I have not only the time, but also the ability to quickly deduce for myself why I should be considering / interviewing them for an assignment we are advertising on behalf of a client of ours.
 
Whilst as head-hunters / recruiters (and your partners in your next career step) we pride ourselves on our ability to spot an ideal match for our client, there are ways you can make that process easier and quicker and thus improve your chances of a successful outcome.
 
The words “sell yourself to me“ or “make it a no brainer for me“ quickly come to mind when I think of this process of reviewing applications and creating my short list of candidates to initially interview on behalf of our client.
 
It should be very clear to me in your covering letter and the version of your CV that you submit how you are a number one contender for the assignment you are applying for, in fact I should be left in no doubt that to exclude you from my consideration list would be a major mistake on my behalf !
 
So my advice to you is this, only apply for assignments that your experience and record of career accomplishment very clearly matches you up with.
 
Explain clearly why and how you have arrived at this conclusion in your covering letter (briefly) and ensure your CV includes information that qualifies you for the assignment and proves you would be an excellent candidate for my client to interview. Use key words in your documentation that match the required job specifications and expectations described in the advert.
 
Include data and proof statements about what you have achieved in the past and why you are considered an asset by your past and present employers.
 
Make it clear why you are considering a change in employment and why you would like to be given an opportunity at the role advertised and what you would bring to the table in terms of benefits to the client over and above other candidates they might be planning on interviewing for the same assignment.
 
Above all invest time and effort in your application, anything less implies lack of professionalism and commitment to the application / role with the subsequent lack of progress in the direction you desire.
 
We are your partners, help us ...to help you, please.
 
 
 

Comments

Dear Marcus,
Thanks for the advice.
I will update my CV as per the standard. I think only CV may not be the case for finding a best candidate. Candidate's work & experience should also be considered.
I realize that only a glossy CV works in this showy world!

Thanks again for the suggestion, you will get my updated CV soon.

Best regards
Kaustubh JJ
Posted on Monday, August 03, 2015 11:01 by Kaustubh
Dear Mr. Marcus,

Refer to your post of Regarding Quality Assurance Manager - Print Management | Pakistan | 117 |.

I want you should interview me for this post. I am working in advertising field from last 6 year and during that I work for advertising agency, director advertising vendor and supplier of advertising material. I can ensure you that my experience and skills can help your client to achieve his task.

I will be very thankful to you if you can help me in this regards. Looking for you swift response.

Regards,
Imtiaz Ahmad
Posted on Monday, September 01, 2014 14:21 by Imtiaz Ahmad
very nice advice
Thank you

Regards,
Vijay
Posted on Thursday, July 17, 2014 18:02 by Vijay
Dear Sir,

Thank you for the valuable advise.

Regards

Raveendran
Posted on Sunday, July 13, 2014 14:42 by Raveendran
thanks for sharing advices. I will try to definitely act upon the advices truly. It's really a Good learning for me
Posted on Sunday, July 13, 2014 07:51 by Hi Marcuse
Hi Fawad, very valuable point and thats something we always do. We compare your cv to your LinkedIn profile and then spend some time talking to people that we all know in common to establish that our values are all common. Its always worth making sure you are a member of our linkedIn group and that you have liked us on Facebook and / or joined our Google+ community ( what ever is your preference)
The value of our community is great and please follow us for more information to be published on interview techniques and preparation for interview.
Welcome to the Mood Group - Family.
Posted on Friday, July 11, 2014 11:54 by Marcus
Hi Joy, much more valuable information to follow.
Posted on Friday, July 11, 2014 11:45 by Marcus Doo
Marcus,
thanks for the comments will follow that.
Bhargav
Posted on Friday, July 11, 2014 09:29 by bhargav
Hi Rashid
Keywords have two uses, yes you are correct recruitment software solutions will scan for keywords against the keywords they have used in their search criteria and identify you as a potential candidate. Keywords can also be visually used in a CV and covering letter to attract the recruiters eye to your application, for example if the advert says , must be fluent in Arabic and have experience of being a Finance Manager in a Commercial Printing Press then do emphasise those qualities in your application, using bolder type or Italics or under lined etc etc this helps your recruitment partner realise quicker that you should be on his consideration list. :-) Best regards Marcus
Posted on Friday, July 11, 2014 08:54 by Marcus Doo
Hi Joy, much more valuable information to follow.
Posted on Friday, July 11, 2014 08:09 by Marcus Doo
Totally disagree.
Good you weren't the headhunter who chose one Indira Nooyi (from ABB to Motorola to Pepsi). Wow, what perfect match she had!!
There are umpteen such examples in the corporate world.
Open up, Marcus. There are talents galore, you need to broaden and not constrict your vision.
Posted on Friday, July 11, 2014 07:30 by Someone Somewhere
Dear Marcus,

This is a special advice from a very good friend of mine.

I will try to act upon your favorable advices.
Posted on Friday, July 11, 2014 07:03 by Muhammad Aslam Khatri
Dear Marcus ,
Thanks for your advice.
I definitely feel that I AM ONE OF THE MOST SUITABLE CANDIDATE FOR THOSE I APPLY.
You are doing excellent.
I believe in continuous growth .
I definitely feel that my CV catches the interest of the employers . If you have any further suggestion pl. let me know

Thanks and Regards
n.dutta
Posted on Friday, July 11, 2014 06:56 by nilanjan dutta
Hi Marcus,

Thanks for sharing avices. I will try to definitely act upon the advices truly. It's really a Good learning for me

Regards,

Muhammad Imran Iqbal
Posted on Friday, July 11, 2014 06:38 by Muhammad Imran Iqbal
Appreciated Remarks, as i am strongly believe that having such a experience and Achievements , i am in right hand Marcus.
Posted on Friday, July 11, 2014 06:10 by Abu
Dear Marcus,

Thanks for sharing your advice and experience. However you and others may agree that its not an interview of minutes or hours that a hiring relationship is established between employer an employee. If this time spent together for discussions gives a feeling to suitability of a candidate for a profile seeked by employer 50% of success is already achieved. Rest is the way candidate sees thing differently and innovatively to dive down into thoughts and planning of employer to achieve balance 50% success...The key is to talk, discuss and know. Thanks, Harit
Posted on Friday, July 11, 2014 04:38 by Harit
Hi Marcus - Great blog - as a prospective employer, I find it incredible that people don't get it, that, attention to detail is extremely important when applying for a position - right down to checking spelling and grammar, and the correct use of language - as a publisher that is my stock in trade - so anyone that does not meet that basic criteria gets rejected outright...
Posted on Friday, July 11, 2014 04:08 by Mark Pettipher
Its nutshell info about the CV and covering letter , Thanks for the Valuable advice
Posted on Friday, July 11, 2014 03:53 by Kannanari
Very helpful article, thanks Marcus. You mentioned one should use key words in resume similar to job description, i.e. if we have that experience. Does this mean that companies using Taleo and other online portals shortlist resumes based on key word searches?
Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2014 22:16 by Rashid
Hi Aamir, it seems maybe some time spent together on Skype would be valuable to prepare you for longer interviews and techniques which enable to demonstrate your potential and worth even although the interviewer might not have found that out about you already. Lets plan this at your earliest convenience.
Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2014 21:09 by Marcus Doo
Hi Joy, much more valuable information to follow.
Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2014 20:49 by Marcus Doo
Hi Fawad, very valuable point and thats something we always do. We compare your cv to your LinkedIn profile and then spend some time talking to people that we all know in common to establish that our values are all common. Its always worth making sure you are a member of our linkedIn group and that you have liked us on Facebook and / or joined our Google+ community ( what ever is your preference)
The value of our community is great and please follow us for more information to be published on interview techniques and preparation for interview.
Welcome to the Mood Group - Family.
Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2014 20:46 by Marcus
Hi Marcus,

So interesting to improve. Thanks.
Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2014 19:37 by Ignacio
Hi Marcus,

Excellent writing, you have in few sentences given the perfect advice to the candidates. This is precisely where most of the candidates fail.

I hope you continue penning down such articles in the future too.

Regards,


Joy Mathews
Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2014 18:55 by Joy Mathews
Much appreciated that you clarify so many things in that .One thing more if you also consider viewing our linked in ID`s as well since it covers more about applicant then resume .

Regard
Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2014 18:18 by Fawad
Hi marcus, thank you for the kind advice and I will definitely keep it in mind while submitting my resume in future, though I strongly feel that if my resume catches the interest of the prospective employer and I get a chance of an interview then a mere 10 minutes and 36 seconds skype chat ( I can't call it an interview ) does not
suffice to judge my potential and worth. Iam sorry but that's how I feel . I still believe I was the best choice for the job , unfortunately the intdrviewer had little time to explore the potential.
It was a pleasure interacting with u and what you are doing is commendable
Best regards
Aamir Siddiqui

Suffice to judge my true worth and potential. Iam sorry but that's how I feel and I still feel
Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2014 18:18 by aamir siddiqui

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