By Hal Klegman
Your job probably consists of solving hard problems, delivering projects or both.
Because of that, your resume should say what your company does and, if it is obvious (Central Bank and Trust), it should also say the department where you work: Consumer? Treasurer’s Office? Capital Markets? This will give context to whatever it is that you do.
Pick the projects that best describe your mastery over the skills you want your next employer to buy from you. If it is not in your resume, you will be deep into the interview before you get past a chance to add it to the conversation.
Explain it to them using this format
Name the problem to be solved (or the project to be completed)
Name your resources (time, people, technology, budget)
Tell them the outcome. If the outcome can be expressed as a metric (money earned, saved, increased, decreased) use this format; then, put it in bold. For example, Saved $7,000,000, I promise, that will get it read.
Besides learning about the company and its industry, learn your resume. Write down, step by step, exactly how you went about meeting the challenge(s) you were given. This is not for you resume, this is for you . . . for your notes. Getting the details of a project too often turns into a semi-incoherent interrogation instead of the coherent and flowing conversation you are looking for.
Keep your answers short, 30 to 45 seconds in length, and ask how much technical detail they want. Stop at forty five seconds and ask if they would like more.
Ask if you can make a white- board presentation, only if it is appropriate and if you are really good at it. A mediocre whiteboard presentation is the kiss of death.
Mangers hire people they think will make them look good.
Mangers hire people they think will make them look good. One of your jobs during an interview is to find out what will make them look good. You cannot actually ask that question but you can ask, “Assuming you hire me, at my annual review next year what will I have accomplished for you that will get me the best review you ever wrote?”
If you are going to be interviewed by a series of people or by two or three groups of two or three interviewers, then ask to use the washroom after each interview. This will give you a chance to wash your face and rinse out your mind. It also gives you a chance to relieve yourself and re-visit how you answered certain questions so you can improve your performance. It may give you a chance to remember that the answer to the last question wasn’t right o target, so you can fix that immediately when you go in to the next group.
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