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.

Common writing errors: Two / Too / To

Common writing errors: Two / Too / To

Sometimes mistaken and sometimes just misinterpreted.
  • Two is the number that most people get right
  • Too means also or overly.
    You like the barbecue sauce, and I do too.
    I ate too many burgers.
    These trousers are too big.
    (Well, maybe not, after all those French fries.)
  • To means well everything else, according to Webster’s dictionary, to has over 20 usages. To give some ideas please see below:
    1. (used for expressing motion or direction toward a point, person, place, or thing approached and reached, as opposed to from ): They came to the house.
    2. (used for expressing direction or motion or direction toward something) in the direction of; toward: from north to south.
    3. (used for expressing limit of movement or extension): He grew to six feet.
    4. (used for expressing contact or contiguity) on; against; beside; upon: a right uppercut to the jaw; Apply varnish to the surface.
    5. (used for expressing a point of limit in time) before; until: to this day; It is ten minutes to six. We work from nine to five.
It’s also part of the famous line: To be, or not to be.
Which two/too/to is the correct one in any given situation? Well I could say “that is the question!”

The above is part of the Tips and Tricks section for CV writing on Comoto.

Common writing errors: AM / PM

Common writing errors: AM / PM

Usage of AM/PM notation has largely been replaced by the 24-hour notation around the world, but especially in written communication, the 12-hour notation with AM and PM suffixes is common in some parts of the world – be aware to avoid writing errors.

In latin AM stands “Ante Meridiem” which means “before noon or midday” and PM means “Post Meridiem” or “after noon”.

You should although avoid the expression “12:00 PM” not only  because it is incorrect, but because many people will imagine you are talking about midnight. The same goes for “12:00 AM” instead you should – to avoid confusion – correctly say 12 noon or 12 midnight to make a corrdct designation.

In the US, in formal writing it is still preferable to capitalize AM or PM, though the lower-case “am” and “pm” are now so popular they are not likely to get you into trouble. The lower-case forms are standard usage in the UK.


The above is part of the Tips and Tricks section for CV writing on Comoto.

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.

Common writing errors: They’re / Their / There

Common writing errors: They’re / Their / There

They’re
is the contraction for They Are. You make it the same way you make don’t (do not), it’s (it is), and you’re (you are).

There is a place.  Look over there. Note it has “here” in it, which is also a place:  There.

Their is a possessive pronoun.  It has “heir” in it.  If Bob and Jim are heirs according to [statute/statue] then the money is theirs.
They’re is the contraction of “they are.”

Their is the possessive – things that belong to them or that they have. Their hats are on their heads. (They own hats and they have heads –
which is a good thing, otherwise the hats would have been a waste of money.) It
is their intention to get to class on time.
(They have an intention, and it
includes getting up when the alarm rings. They may not pull it off, but they
mean well.)

There answers the question “where?” It
refers to place (I live there) and direction (I’m
going there)
.Thereis also used with the verb “to
be” (wasn’t I just there?), as in: there is very little time; there are
several options; there be whales here
(Okay, nobody says that last
one any more).

Therecan be used to express
satisfaction (There! I finished it.); or
dismay (There! Now you’ve done it!);
or sympathy (There, there. It’s all going to be
okay.)
And that’s
where we came in…


The above is part of the Tips and Tricks section for CV writing on Comoto.

Common writing errors – Difference Between “i.e.” and “e.g.”

Common writing errors – Difference Between “i.e.” and “e.g.”

Do you know when to use i.e. and when to use e.g.? If not then read the text below to get a better and more correct CV. Avoid these simple writing errors !

What’s the difference between i.e. and e.g.?

Unless you have studied Latin or studied the English language in depth, it might be a surprise for you to learn that the abbreviations i.e. and e.g. actually mean different things.

  • e.g. means “for example” and is derived from the Latin “exempli gratia”
  • i.e. means “that is” and is derived from the Latin “id est”

Terms of usage with some examples

i.e.
There are 6 cars in the parking lot, i.e. Buick, Toyota, Mercedes, BMW, Jaguar and Subaru.
(a complete list of the colors)
e.g.
There are 6 cars in the parking lot, e.g. Mercedes, BMW and Jaguar.
(an incomplete list of the colors)
Use i.e. when you are stating the 6 cars in another way
Use e.g. when you are giving examples of them.
i.e.
He had to deliver ASAP, i.e. As Soon As Possible
e.g.
Acronyms are words where each letter stands for a word, e.g. ASAP which means “As Soon As Possible”
Use i.e. when you are explaining the definition
Use e.g. when giving an example in most cases
Latin abbreviations are italicized, but in this case there is no agreement throughout the Grammar gurus. Some say it needs to be italicized and some say that they are so commonly used there is no need to do that.

The above is part of the Tips and Tricks section for CV writing on Comoto.
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 CVs – a few clicks and you can create a CV targeted for a specific job or Export to many different formats.

Yahoo CEO caught in CV fraud

cv frauds

There’s some trouble at Yahoo, where the board is now investigating errors in the new CEO Scott Thompson’s educational merits.

The error has been discovered by a disgruntled shareholder Daniel Loeb who has been pushing for changes within the company’s board for some time.

Daniel Loeb’s company Third Point owns a 5.8 percentage stake in Yahoo. He published a letter staging Thompson to be lying in a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) about having a degree in computer science. Yahoo stated that Thompson had a Bachelor’s degree in accounting and computer science from Stonehill College. But it turns out he only has an accounting degree. Only by using a standard Google search it can be revealed that Mr. Thompson’s degree is in accounting only. In fact, Stonehill College first offered a computer science degree four years after the Thompson graduated. In fact this erroneous information was also previously found on Yahoo’s website, as well as Thompson’s bio for past jobs.

Yahoo didn’t respond for a comment immediately, but in a later statement, Yahoo confirmed that Thompson’s credentials were overstated, and called the misrepresentation an “inadvertent error.” Yahoo states it make no difference for Mr. Thompson being a highly qualified executive with a successful track record.

The discrepancy in the information in his CV would not have been possible if Comoto CV engine would have been used. With Comoto it would be possible to use the verification of your CV and thus never run into an error like this. It seems a bit weird that such a standard error has not been detected in the recruitment process of Scott Thompson.

Well if you are actively using Comoto to Create, Manage, Optimize and Share your CV with this would never have happened. In Comoto we have a build in feature that would unverify a verification if someone were to change an already verified part of a CV.

If you want to check it out simply sign-up for free here and see for yourself.

Use your new Google+ profile as an interactive CV

Google+ Profile

We have previously – for instance with Facebook – seen a Social Network being used as an interactive CV. With this guide you can use Google+’s new social network features to create an online and interactive CV profile – simply by following the easy steps in this post. Remember that the innovative Comoto Team came first again, exclusively for you.

This guide explains how to create the Google+ CV manually, but we are working on a solution were you can create the necessary 4-5 image files with the Comoto CV Builder. We will be adding an easy feature to export your CV template as image files. We will make a follow up post when we launch the export feature.

Use your Google+ profile as an interactive CV

To get a feeling of the look and feel of this feature and how it could be done please have a look at the profile below. (you can try it out here)

Now that you have had a look at how it works let’s get back to the guide. The overall idea behind this “hack” is to create images that are wider than they are tall – a good image ratio will be 1200×600 – then fill these images with information from you CV. Creating a picture with these dimension will create an image where the part of the image being visible in the photostrip on your Google+ profile will be the center 600×600 pixels of that image (just reduced in size, down to 125×125). When pressing the small image the entire image will be visible, and voila you have an interactive CV or Resume on your Google+ profile.

The result of pressing the “CV Summary” image in the above Google’ profile, is that it will show an image as seen in the image below.

The images visible in the image strip in Google+ have a size of 125×125 pixels. For you to create a perfect image and have the illusion of an interactive CV you need to work with these numbers.

You can just use the standard image sizes we have used here, put you can also play with the image sizes and try out alternative numbers. With the size of 1200×600 you will have a sidebar of 300 pixels on each side of the center of the image where you can put CV related information. Most people today have a screen size bigger than 1200×600 so when viewing this size of image, there will be no cropping or resizing, so the illusion of an interactive CV in your Google+ profile will be complete.

In our example we have made the following images CV Summary, Work Experience, Education and Languages and Recommendations, there is still one missing to be used as the photo-strip includes 5 pictures.

After you have created the images with your data you simply upload them by entering your Google+ profile and upload the created images. We recommend to upload the pictures in the sequence you want them shown. (You can modify the photo-strip afterwards but that can be a bit tedious).

If you have question or want to share your newly created Google+ CV with the world, feel free to leave a comment below or contact us via our contact page (here) for further info and/or sample files on this Google+ “hack”.

How to Use: Make a clone CV copy of your CV to test alternative wordings

How to Use: Make a clone CV copy of your CV to test alternative wording

CV copy

Comoto’s clone is a great feature to test alternative wordings before picking the optimal version of your CV and cover letter  – it is like having track changes on steroids.

Just like you can test different CV Template designs with a few clicks in Comoto you can also save any CV and then clone them (make a CV copy) to as many CV’s versions as you want. This is done for you to alter each of them individually to see which text and/or structure is the best wording for this specific CV.

Having different but still full versions to look at gives you a complete overview at all times and if you want to test a new version just clone it again and make the changes in the clone (this way you still have the old version to revert to). In this way you are ensuring you have the optimal tool for building the optimal CV for that particular job.

I hope that you will find this cloning/copying CV feature beneficial for you compared to using your word processor software – this is only one of the many features you have for free in Comoto. This features and other like our backup, privacy control features and other to are added to make you take full control of your CV building efforts.

CV Tips – Create many versions of your CV – multiple CVs

CV Tips – Create many versions of your CV – multiple CV

Many people have or can have more than one role, this is often the case if you have one type of education, and have used this education in a specific area of work. For instance being a software developer within the area of Accounting for many years. Here you have several skills / expertise that could meet the criteria for different types of jobs. You could be a very good developer, project manager which specializes in accounting or even have experience to work with accounting then you and need multiple CV.

Having more than one CV (multiple CV) is extremely easy in Comoto, you can have as many as you like, and the information can even be inherited from one CV to another, then you only have to maintain the differences in the CV.

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.