Transformative resume building and interview coaching for college seniors

Does Your Resume Give the Interviewer Insight into You?

interviewer insight

Helen Koster

Does your resume give the interviewer insight into you?

Or, is your resume a list of job descriptions?

Providing job descriptions is important. But, it’s only some of the picture. What you brought to the job because of who you are completes the picture.

Interviewers use many different behavioral questions to help them assess what motivates you, how you work, how you resolve conflict, how you communicate with others, and if you will fit into their company’s culture.

If you know yourself to be, for example, a team player, a strategic communicator, a problem solver, a leader, a goal setter, etc. just writing it down or saying it, doesn’t make it so. Your resume must demonstrate who you are.

Does your resume give the interviewer insight into you?

Here’s an example of what one college senior presented on her resume. It was a volunteer job at her college.  I thought there was more to say, particularly with a minor in international studies.

  • Chair Person of DISEC Committee, EMUNC II March 2014
  • Vice-Chair Person of UNEP Committee, MUNC I Dec 2012

 

The scope of what she really did was this:

  • Applied and accepted to Vice Chair and later Chair positions of Model United Nations Conference. Prepared specific topics and moderated committee sessions for up to 100 high school delegates to discuss, debate, and form resolutions to major world problems.

 

This bullet suggests she would have to be highly motivated, well-organized and goal oriented to achieve these results. It demonstrates what matters in the world matters to her. It also points to her ability to motivate others to resolve conflict.

With just this one small change to her resume, she was able to consider who she is, what value she could bring to a prospective employer and how to utilize these new insights during an interview.

The resume building process put her in the driver’s seat. And, she was ready to answer with ease some typical behavioral questions:

  • Tell me about a time when you were under a lot of pressure. What was going on and how did you get through it?
  • What is your approach to managing goals through time?
  • Have you ever had a conflict with people you work with? How did you resolve it?
  • Do you consider yourself a leader and when were you able to lead others? What happened?

And, please visit next month to learn about how your resume can be used to translate your summer jobs, internships, and volunteer work into “business speak.”