My CV gets me an interview, but my experience lets me down

first_img Comments are closed. “M”asks: When I go for interviews I’m always being told that I don’t have enoughexperience for the post despite the fact that I’ve reached the interview stageon the basis of my CV. How can I show future employers that I do have theknowledge they want? Peter Lewis, consultant at ChiumentoConsulting Group writes:  There could be a number of reasons for encountering thisdilemma of getting to interview then being told that you do not have enoughexperience.As you imply,the objective of the CV is to obtain an interview and yours has been successfulin obtaining a fair number. It seems churlish of them to tell you that thisclearly (I hope) outlined experience is not sufficient for the job.Howeverthat is not the whole story. The CV also sets the agenda for the interview, andyours may be raising questions which dwell on negatives, so ensure that your CVis achievement-orientated, pointing out how you have delivered in areasspecific to the position for which you have applied. Conversely, you may be“overselling” yourself on your CV, so that, while it gets you the interview youare not matching the expectations it arouses. Ifthe CV is striking the right balance, and you are being interviewed for jobsfor which your skills and experience equip you, then it is most likely that youare not doing a good job of getting those same skills and experience across.Establish what particular areas of weakness you may have by getting somedetailed post interview feedback. This may require some persistence to getbeyond the accurate but meaningless “there was a strong candidate field and anumber of the other applicants met my client’s full specification more closelythan yourself.”Solidinterview preparation will normally identify the skills and qualities requiredin a role. Reframing your answers to demonstrate real achievements in theseareas will help. A fund of examples of actual situations will enable you todemonstrate insight into their problems and make you more confident in the waythat you answer their questions. You may also find that you have a new insightinto the kinds of problems they are already encountering, together with theirsolutionsRemembertoo that interviews are not just about the question “can you do the job”, theyare also about your willingness to do the job in the longer term and yourpersonality fit. Far too many people approach interviews as if they wereappearing on Mastermind, whereas in fact Blind Date is the moreappropriate TV analogy and a key quality to get over is rapport.MargaretMalpas, joint managing director of Malpas Flexible Learning writes:Itmay help to ask future interviewers for more extensive feedback. Fewemployers actually include applicants on the shortlist who do not match theirperson specification. Could they be giving you this feedback because theyare uncomfortable telling you exactly why you didn’t get the job?  Maybeyou need some coaching in interview skills so that you present yourself in thebest possible light? Finally,try to use the interview to display your knowledge. Answer questions morefully – for example, “This is how I would go about ….”.  Have you undertaken any training which hasbeen assessed?  Taking the results of this along to an interview wouldhelp to prove that you had the relevant knowledge. Related posts:No related photos. My CV gets me an interview, but my experience lets me downOn 26 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

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