“Walk Me Through Your Resume” Question

January 12, 2017

Neither recruiter nor applicant knows beforehand how the interview will pass. It depends on the interaction of two individualities, and it hard to predict. However, there are few interview questions which often start the conversation, and “Walk me through your resume” usually goes the second if not the first.

Why Is It So Common?

Many recruiters confess that they do not like asking it because answers can be too long and detailed, but it is the best way to get in touch. It is much easier to ask one simple question which requires long full answer than exhaust each other with many yes/no questions. Besides, prompt answer to this question shows what a quick-minded person the potential employee is.  

How to Respond?

  • Relevance, conciseness, and accent on your strong points are the key to your interview success. Do not complain or talk about how hard your previous job was, but tell what experience and skills you have got.
  • No too long answers. They make the listener bored at once. Remember that you have one interview today, but he/she may have dozens. Thus, focus on the most considerable achievements of your professional career and talk no longer than 3 minutes for a 1-page resume.  
  • Use a chance to say about additional projects, taken on challenges and successful probations, which are not commonly written in the CV. Avoid being discursive. Start from the beginning of your career up to the present day.
  • Give an explanation of red flags of your resume. They are unemployment periods or irrelevant experiences. Your resume and cover letter will not do it. Therefore, the interview is the only chance. Use it but do not focus on it for too long.

What Is the Target of Interview?

Very often, people try to make a positive impression so much that they forget why they came in the first place. The primary goal of the interview is to choose the perfect worker for the position. So, the most important information for the recruiter is the connection between the former experience of the potential employee and duties the open position involves. Demonstrate that you are experienced, enthusiastic, and purposeful enough to cope with all requirements of the offered position. Show you’re eager to start, learn, self-improve and eager to meet the expectations.

Tone of the Interview Conversation

Your tone should  be neither too official, nor too casual. Some humor is acceptable, but not too much. Optimism is welcome, but arrogance is unacceptable.  

Our interview tips will for sure make you more confident and prepared, but remember that your openness, frankness, and burning desire to work will make you consummate. Don’t be afraid and go to the job interview with your heart and mind open for the new position.

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