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CV Tips – Not too Long, but neither too short – CV length

Not too Long, but neither too short – CV length

How long should a perfect CV be? This is always a tough question. Different experts give you different answers regarding CV length, and it also depends on the job you are applying for, and the expertise the employer is asking for. Some experts would say a one pager is the perfect length. Unless you have few skills and experiences to share and are new to the job market other experts say this is too small for a CV.

A rule of thumb would be to have just enough information in there to give the employer enough information to want you to come to the job interview, and then you can give more information or just more detailed information. Read the job ad and all the skills or experience they ask for should be in your CV if you have these skills/experiences. Be honest and don’t oversell yourself.

If you are for instance in the medical or science area a CV can be very long. CV’s of 40-50 pages have been seen, with all relevant information about the skills, experiences and project you have made. Try to summarize, but include the most obvious things. It is better to write a smaller CV and tell more at the job interview than to make the employer/recruiter fall asleep reading your CV.

When using Comoto, it is easy for you have multiple CV’s of different length, just include everything you know and use only the specific things when you create the CV for the job of your dreams.

The 10 best tips for the job interview

The 10 best tips for the job interview
10 Tips for you, so that you can prepare your answers beforehand and get the job of your dreams. There is more than just sending the perfect CV or Resume and a good application. You have to prepare before you are ready for the Job Interview.

  1. Good style
    Get there on time, dress appropriately and behave as the guest you are.
  2. Think about your body language
    Think about the body language, straighten your back, give a firm handshake and look the interviewer in the eyes.
  3. Be prepared
    Remember to bring the job ad, your application, your CV and other relevant documents. Note the name of the contact person and a telephone number to be able to ask for the right person at the reception and know who you are visiting. If possible find relevant information about the person you are about to meet.
  4. Remember the gaps in your CV or Competence
    If you have some gaps in your CV or in your competences, remember that the recruiter / headhunter will ask for these gaps. Be prepared and have an answer ready for the question you probably will be asked.
  5. Know the company
    Do some research on the company, know more than just what’s in the job ad. Prepare some question so that they can see that you know more then what has been disclosed to you.
  6. Prepare for your answers  for the normal interview questions
    The question you will get to the job interview is of course depending on the job’s sector and type, responsibilities and tasks, but be sure to be prepared for the basic question, like:

    • Tell us about yourself?
    • Why are you applying for this job?
    • Which expectations do you have to the job or the tasks?
    • What are your strongest areas? – for instance have some concrete examples on your successes or your strongest competences.
    • What are your weak areas? – have some examples ready on what you think is hard, and how you cope with these challenges.
    • What do you expect from an employer / manager?
    • Why should we choose you for the job?
    • What are your career goals on medium to long term?
    • What are your expectations to your salary?
    • Do you have any further questions?
  7. Prepare your questions
    • Focus your question and on what is asked from you.
    • What are the most important tasks in the job?
    • Which possibilities are there for further development of your competences?
    • How is the culture in the company?
    • What do they appreciate in an employee?
    • Why should I choose this job?
    • Why would you like to work here?
    • Who will be my manager and which colleagues will I have the closet working relations with?
    • Do you have an introductory course for new employees?
  8. Avoid negative stories
    Negativity don’t sell, remember not to talk negative about former managers or colleagues. If you have had some bad experiences, try to turn it into something positive. What did you learn from this negative experience?
  9. Be present and participate on equal terms with the interviewer
    Be present, listen to the question and be honest and give them your best answer, show them that your dedicated. Newer tell a lie, it will get back to you like a boomerang.
  10. If possible offer the references
    If you decide to disclose your references, remember to have them prepared before the interview.

Final question
At the end of the interview you can always ask for what is the process going forward, will I have to take a test of some kind? When can I expect to be contacted again?

The Comoto Team

Comoto‘s aim is to become “The Central Place” where you can create, clone, copy, manage, backup and distribute your CV and Cover letters fast and easy. To create your first Comoto CV, signup for free and just add your data (or use one of the many easy import features), pick one of our special designed templates, preview your CV and finally export to your favourite format (.DOC – .PDF – .PNG) or publish it in a Web Profile (Public/Private). Now you are ready to have full control of your CV. Notice other unique features – like multiple CV’s – a few clicks and you can create a CV targeted for a specific job or Export to many different formats.

Avoid the top 25 most weird CV interview questions experienced

Avoid the top 25 most weird CV interview questions experienced

If you’re using our Comoto CV Manager it should eventually lead to you getting invited to a job interview and you should finally end up getting the job of your dreams.

When you are invited to an interview we propose, you prepare for the interview, find knowledge about the company and the people who is interviewing you. Preparing the best answers for the expected questions at the interview would be recommended.

But – yes there is a great but – we have all heard about weird or just stupid question to an interview, but now the guys at www.glassdoor.com has done us a favor and compiled a list of the “top 25 oddball interviews question 2010”.

Try to have a look below and see for yourself, how do you answer these questions? Would you ever be able to prepare for questions like these?

Read them below and have laugh, after that we wish you the best for a good weekend.

The Comoto Team

Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions Of 2010

1. “If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?”
Asked at Goldman Sachs.

2. “How many ridges [are there] around a quarter?
Asked at Deloitte.

3. “What is the philosophy of Martial Arts?”
Asked at Aflac.

4. “Explain [to] me what has happened in this country during the last 10 years.”
Asked at Boston Consulting.

5. “Rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 how weird you are.”
Asked at Capital One.

6. “How many basketball[s] can you fit in this room”
Asked at Google.

7. “Out of 25 horses, pick the fastest 3 horses. In each race, only 5 horses can run at the same time. What is the minimum number of races required?”
Asked at Bloomberg LP.

8. “If you could be any superhero, who would it be?”
Asked at  AT&T.

9. “You have a birthday cake and have exactly 3 slices to cut it into 8 equal pieces. How do you do it?”
Asked at Blackrock.

10. “Given the numbers 1 to 1000, what is the minimum numbers guesses needed to find a specific number if you are given the hint “higher” or “lower” for each guess you make.”
Asked at Facebook.

11. “If you had 5,623 participants in a tournament, how many games would need to be played to determine the winner?”
Asked at Amazon.

12. “An apple costs 20 cents, an orange costs 40 cents, and a grapefruit costs 60 cents, how much is a pear?”
Asked at Epic Systems.

13. “There are three boxes, one contains only apples, one contains only oranges, and one contains both apples and oranges. The boxes have been incorrectly labeled such that no label identifies the actual contents of the box it labels. Opening just one box, and without looking in the box, you take out one piece of fruit. By looking at the fruit, how can you immediately label all of the boxes correctly?”
Asked at Apple.

14. “How many traffic lights in Manhattan?”
Asked at Argus Information & Advisory Services.

15. “You are in a dark room with no light. You need matching socks for your interview and you have 19 gray socks and 25 black socks. What are the chances you will get a matching pair? “
Asked at Eze Castle.

16. “What do wood and alcohol have in common?”
Asked at Guardsmark.

17. “How do you weigh an elephant without using a weigh machine?”
Asked at IBM.

18. “You have 8 pennies, 7 weight the same, one weighs less. You also have a judges scale. Find the one that weighs less in less than 3 steps.”
Asked at Intel.

19. “Why do you think only a small percentage of the population makes over $150K?”
Asked at New York Life.

20. “You are in charge of 20 people, organize them to figure out how many bicycles were sold in your area last year.”
Asked at Schlumberger.

21. “How many bottles of beer are drank in the city over the week.”
Asked at The Nielsen Company.

22. “What’s the square root of 2000?”
Asked at UBS.

23. “A train leaves San Antonio for Huston at 60mph. Another train leaves Huston for San Antonio at 80mph. Huston and San Antonio are 300 miles apart. If a bird leaves San Antonio at 100mph, and turns around and flies back once it reaches the Huston train, and continues to fly between the two, how far will it have flown when they collide.”
Asked at USAA.

24. “How are M&M’s made?”
Asked at US Bank.

25. “What would you do if you just inherit a pizzeria from your uncle?”
Asked at Volkswagen.

You can find the answers and more even weirder questions here.

Source: www.glassdoor.com

Job interview preparation – Good questions you could ask at the job interview

Job interview preparation – Good questions you could ask at the job interview

Any decent headhunter/recruiter would in a job interview situation at some time ask you if you have any questions. Probably it would be at the end of the interview.

If it has been a bad interview and you don’t like the position/don’t want the job, just say no and get out of there. But if you still like the position you should have prepared some questions beforehand if they has not been answered. Out of courtesy to the headhunter/recruiter’s time you should ask how much time they have for these questions. In this way you can ask the most important questions if the time is limited.

To prepare for this you should have done some thinking before you enter the interview but also throughout the meeting you should make some mental notes to prepare for this. If you have anything you would like to elaborate on or you want to have something clarified, now is the time to ask.

By asking you also show the company that you care and that you are interested in this job. You have the opportunity to interview the employer to assess whether this company and this specific position is a good fit for you.

Possible Interview Questions to Ask

  • What are the responsibilities of the position?
  • How would you typical week/day be in this position?
  • Is this a newly created position? If not, what did the previous employee go on to do?
  • Whom will I report to? and will I be offered a change to meet this person?
  • How many employees will there be in this department/office?
  • Do you have a relocation scheme in the company?
  • What about travel, how much will be expected? Is there a travel policy in the company?
  • What style of management is the company using?
  • What are the prospects for advancement in the company?
  • Is overtime expected, and is there a policy for that?
  • What is the “one” special thing that you like about working in this company?
  • Would you like to have a list of references?
  • If I am offered this position , when will I have to start (date)?
  • Do you have any question to my qualifications / CV ?
  • Will there be a interview number 2, or do you have a special procedure for hiring people? (2 job interview and a personal test) or?
  • Do you have any outstanding question you would like to have answered?
  • When can I expect to hear from you again?

Off course this is not a final list, depending on the situation and the chemistry at the job interview, you should be able to read the person you’re talking with and know which question to ask and which not to ask.

Best compilation of the 10 frequently used job interview questions

Best compilation of the 10 frequently used job interview questions

Job interview questions can be stressful – even for applicants who have had many interviews. The best way to reduce the stress is to be well prepared.

The same creativity that HR people and recruiters ask from you is typically not shown at your first interview as the same questions are being used again and again.

Below you can find a compilation of the 10 frequently used question:

Why do you want to work for us?

Be sincere, show your engagement and drive, and show them that you know a lot about the company from your research of the company

What do you know about our organization?

Be prepared and have products / services, some facts and figures in your head for you to show them that you know the organization and is well prepared.

How are you as a person?

Be personal but not private. Don’t make a recitation of your CV, they have read it.

What are you strong points?

Pick out 3 examples of your strong sides and prepare these, if you are in doubt ask the people closest to you, family, friends or your best colleagues.

What are your weak points?

Pick out some examples beforehand and show them that you are aware of these facts and working on them.

What has been you most significant accomplishment in your life so far?

Don’t use the cliché of the birth of your child, have some highlight in your career ready and explain why.

How much do you expect in salary?

Be careful to come up with you demands before the job description, working hours and other issues have been clarified and then also justify your expectations.

Where do you see yourself in 3, 5 or 10 years?

If the job requires it – It is important to show them that you want to evolve and grow with the job, so that they can see an idea in investing in you.

Why should we hire you?

Show them that you have will and passion and be direct in what you can add to the company.

Why are you leaving you current position?

Be honest but don’t talk negative about you your current employer. You want to develop – could be a good direction for an answer.

Take the time to review the “standard” interview questions you will most likely be asked. Make your own research about the company and prepare your answers to these typical interview questions. Then your job interview should be less stressful and you are more certain to get a good result.