Inner Top Interview do’s and don’ts
- Do ensure that you have the chronology of your career from leaving High School to your current role. If you have gaps in your career then state the dates and the situation. We understand that things happen in people’s lives over which they have no control (and if you chose to have a three year sabbatical in a tropical paradise then we are, frankly, quite envious)
- Do have a brief CV with everything laid out clearly and concisely over three to four pages and then have a second document where you flesh it out with more detail, particularly in your more recent roles
- In the fuller document do demonstrate the breadth of your experience but be concise, the longer CV should ideally not be more than six pages long
- Do think about the achievements you have had during your career and provide a concise and meaningful list of bulleted points
- Do provide an idea of the scale of your staff and financial responsibility in each role
- Do use Microsoft Word as the document format (if we have to grapple for fifteen minutes with a document that defiantly refuses to open without the intervention of the IT department, it does not make for a good start to our relationship with you)
- Do leave off a front page with your name on it. We know that everyone does it and yes, it does look nice, but it is unnecessary. If just a few trees are saved every year by us not having to print that one unnecessary page, it will have been worth making you crossly switch to your document (which is in Word isn’t it?) and delete the front page
- Do use a confidential e-mail address to communicate with us
- Don’t have graphics or special effects on your CV. We once received a migraine-inducing CV from an outstanding individual. It had a colourful border which moved and flashed like a takeaway restaurant sign. A good CV could be passed over because of such clutter
- Don’t leave off the early part of your career, so you moved 10 times between the age of 24 and 30, you are not alone. If information appears to be missing, we get paranoid
- Don’t use obscure or ancient computer formats. The recipient of your CV is under pressure. When the message ‘unknown format’ comes up, it is severely frowned upon. Microsoft Word is the way to go.
- Don’t password protect your document and expect us to phone you for the password. Use a confidential e-mail address which you can get on the internet
Once you are on our confidential database we will be able to match you up with potential opportunities as they arise.
Don’t be offended if you are not invited for a face-to-face meeting with us. Keep in mind that as an Executive Search Firm we are client driven. Our ability to assist you is based on the positions that we are appointed to work on. We will not take up your time (and, admittedly, ours) and meet with you unless we have a definite role that we would like to discuss with you. We will make contact with you directly when a position arises that we feel will be suitable and of interest to you and take things from there.
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