Resume reviews and mock interview sessions
often give the opportunity of discussing
important career topics that may have
little to do with the resume.
An interviewee in a mock interview asked me
to take a look at her impressive resume, She
is in the third year of an NRC post-doc.
Two pages of high level publications
accompanied a solid, well-written resume
that has garnered her many telephone
interviews, but no on site interviews.
Why is this happening, she asked?
Without going into the full details, the
initial suggestions related to
her focus in her responses and
understanding what interviewers need and
CONFIDENCE. We spoke about what
avocations she most enjoys and she told me
about Tim MacGraw. Play them just
before you go to your interview.
Smile when you listen and speak;
FOCUS. Her answers to simple questions
were long and lacked focus for what an
interviewer would seek. To do this, she
needed to perceive the “questions behind the
Interpersonal skills and
RESPONSES INTERVIEWERS SEEK.
Funny, though, the above two may not be it.
The problem she then ‘thought out loud’ was
lack of success in telephone interviews.
There the lack of seeing the interviewer
and getting visual feedback is key. Also,
she felt she may not have shared her responses
with enthusiasm in her voice.
Her most outstanding discoveries in our
to ask for the question to be asked again in
other words (rephrase the question) to learn what
response was sought and
to ask, “am I answering your question.”
I was wowed how simple it was!