It is important to remember that a CV is what determines in the first instance whether a candidate is invited to interview, either with a potential employer or with a recruitment agency. During the recession agencies and employers will be receiving an unprecedented number of CVs so it is crucial a CV is written to a high standard. This does not mean keeping it to two pages, but it does mean clearly and succinctly providing all the relevant skills and experience for the specific role for which you are applying. It may mean candidates need to have two or more CVs that focus on different skill areas, such as one for security consultancy opportunities and one for security management positions.
Preparation for interviews is absolutely essential and it is surprising how often this is overlooked. Many people spend hours studying for exams, and years for a degree, which help get the interview request, but do not put the time in to prepare for the interview. It is key to set yourself apart from other candidates, to show interest in the company and knowledge of their business. We suggest researching the company’s website gaining information about their business and if possible the division in which the role will be based. Try to find out some information on the people who will be conducting the interview and importantly the type of interview to assist with specific preparation. If it is a technical interview or test try to find out what areas it is likely to involve so you can study in advance. If you are likely to undergo psychometric or aptitude tests, undertake some practice tests that can be found on the internet. If it is a competency type interview then you can prepare for this by anticipating the type of questions you are likely to be asked and preparing your best answers.
Barclay Simpson are exhibiting at Infosecurity Europe 2009 held on 28th – 30th April in Earl’s Court, London.
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