Elanders CV and interview tips
In order to help you succeed in applying for a job with us, we’ve outlined some helpful hints and tips for CV writing and interviews.
CV and interview tips
Your CV is the first glimpse we get of you as a person and as a professional…make it count!
Every CV should be as distinctive as the person it represents, however we’ve created some guidelines to follow when assembling your CV. This includes what we expect to see in your CV and the layout in which any qualifications and work experience you have are presented in the most effective way.
Layout and Headings
- Remember to use clear titles and headings for each section of your CV
- At the top of your CV you should include: Name/ Address/ Email address/ Phone number
- Write a personal statement/summary/objective
- Job History and Work Experience
- Remember at the end of your CV to include activities and interests, languages, computer skills (e.g. software packages and proficiency levels), and other skills not detailed in the rest of your CV. It is just as important for us as your potential employer, to know a bit about who you are personally, as well as professionally, and to understand the additional skills you may possess, even if they are not directly linked to the role you are applying for
Remember for each of the roles you have held, each job detail should include:
- Title of the position
- The length of time you held the post
- The name of the organisation you worked for
- Use a clear and easy to read font such as Times New Roman, Arial, or Calibri
- Use a font no smaller than 11 pts, anything smaller would be difficult to read
- Do not use handwriting or artistic fonts
- Use only blue or black ink and print onto white paper
- For highlighting use bold on your font (e.g. on headings and titles)
- Try to always stick to these guidelines regardless of the job you are applying for. If you are applying for a job of a creative nature, it is always better to send a supplement with your CV to illustrate these skills, and should you be successful to attend an interview, bring a portfolio of your work with you as a visual aid. This may be necessary if you were applying for a role in Marketing, for example
- Remember that your CV should be 2-3 pages in length. It should be concise and well thought-out. As a company we receive a vast amount of CVs every week and we may not have time to read through pages of information. If you stick to the desired length of two pages, you can often make your CV much more professional in appearance and layout
- Do not use jargon or colloquial language. Your CV should be written in proper English. Keep it simple. Try to avoid using long sentences and be concise, without employing creative or technical language.
- You may want to use bullet points to help the overall layout of your CV, help keep your CV concise, and help you describe and list your job responsibilities
- Be honest and do not ‘inflate’ your achievements or qualifications
- If you have more work experience than qualifications, list your work experience first, and vice versa.
- If you can, explain any gaps in employment history e.g. did you take a break from formal employment to care for a loved one, did you go travelling, or complete a training course or engage in a volunteering opportunity?
- Remember to check for typographical errors manually, automatic spell checks won’t always pick up on spelling and grammatical errors
Should you be successful in the initial stage of the recruitment process you will be invited to attend an interview, normally conducted face-to-face. Below are some tips on how to have the most successful interview with Elanders UK.
Be yourself, be prepared, have examples
- Arrive on time. Be aware of how long it will take to get to Elanders from your destination, will you be arriving in rush hour where there may be traffic? Do a practice run if practical
- Come smartly dressed and create a good first impression
What do we want to see in the interview?
- Self-confidence, be yourself and explain your CV.
- When asked questions, provide examples, explain the situation and any problems you encountered; how was it rectified?
- Do some research and be organised. Don’t forget to demonstrate your research in your answers.
- If applicable bring something with you to the interview to show us your work, qualifications, training etc. and don’t forget to show it to us!
What should you get out of the interview?
- The interview process is a chance for the company to get to know you and bring your CV to life, but it is also an opportunity for you to get to know us. At the interview you can learn about our business and the role, see some of our facilities and get a better idea of our business values and culture
- To get the most out of this process, come with some questions, not just about your holidays and pay, but ask questions about the organisation, our people, specifics of the role and the department you will be working with
Last updated 3/12/2015