Friday, August 21, 2015

Interview Like a Pro Series - The best way to discuss your background

"Interview Like a Pro" is an ongoing series written by Tatiyana Cure, Executive Recruiter, CFS New York

Most interviews begin the same way, something along the lines of: “Walk me through your background.” I can guarantee that most interviewees respond in a similar way, starting from college graduation and discussing their resume in chronological order.
I am not going to suggest changing that completely, but you have to remember you need to stand out amongst your peers. I suggest reviewing your professional achievements starting with your most recent job. Focus on what will relate to the position that you are interviewing for.
Any time you can discuss specific numbers, percentages, dollar amounts, or even time frames, you gain credibility. It’s one thing to say “I cut down on the month-end close time”, but it’s much more effective to specify “ I cut down on the month end close time from 20 days to 5 business days by….”. Reviewing your background by discussing specific accomplishments is much more impressive than reciting the chronological order of your resume.
Every employee has a purpose – either save money or make money for the employer. If you can incorporate this while discussing your accomplishments, you will ensure the interviewer will remember you.
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