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Interview Tips

Here are a few more do's and don'ts for being at your best during an interview


  • Plan to arrive on time or a few minutes early. Late arrival for a job interview is never excusable.
  • Greet the interviewer by their first name.
  • Wait until you are offered a chair before sitting. Sit upright and always look alert and interested. Be a good listener as well as a good talker. Smile!
  • Maintain eye contact.
  • Follow the interviewer's leads but try to get them to describe the position and duties early in the interview so you can relate your background and skills to the position.
  • Make sure you convey your good points factually and sincerely. Keep in mind that you alone can sell yourself to an interviewer. Make them realise why they need you in their organisation.
  • Always conduct yourself as if you are determined to get the job. Never close the door on an opportunity. It is better to be free to choose from a number of jobs rather than only one.


  • Answer questions with a simple 'yes' or 'no'. Use the STAR technique (Situation, Task, Action, Result) wherever possible. Share things about yourself relating to the position.
  • Lie. Always answer questions truthfully, frankly and as concisely as possible.
  • Ever make derogatory remarks about your present or former employers, colleagues or companies.
  • 'Over-answer' questions. The interviewer may steer the conversation into politics or economics. It is best to answer the questions honestly, saying no more than is necessary.
  • Let your discouragement show. If you get the impression the interview is not going well and you have already been rejected, don't show discouragement or alarm. Occasionally an interviewer who is genuinely interested in you may seem to discourage you in order to test your reaction.
  • Ask about salary, bonuses or holidays at the first interview - unless you are positive the employer is interested in hiring you and raises the issue first. However, know your market value and be prepared to specify your required salary or range.

Interview Behaviour and Style


Succeeding at interview is more than just giving great answers. Your potential employer will be evaluating your total presentation and performance – not just your verbal responses – before making a decision. Interview behaviour is an important element in landing a job.

Your style and the way you dress can make a strong (or bad) impression on an employer. Even if you know a company has a casual dress code, it is best to dress up anyways. This shows professionalism and respect to the potential employer.

Make sure your mobile is switched to silent before you enter the interview room. When you first meet the interviewer(s) always be polite and offer a smile and introduce yourself with a firm handshake. Stand and sit with good posture, this will show you are attentive. Avoid eating, drinking, and chewing gum during an interview. Howerever, if the interviewer offers a coffee or other beverage it is ok to accept.

The right interview behaviour is likely to leave a strong positive impression:

  • an interested, balanced approach
  • the ability to express thoughts clearly
  • confidence
  • clear thought about your career planning and objectives
  • open, informative replies
  • tact, maturity and courtesy
  • maintaining eye contact
  • a firm handshake
  • intelligent questions about the job
  • preparation and knowledge of the company and industry
  • enthusiasm for the role and the organisation
  • a positive 'can-do' attitude.

Interview Preparation Guide

Set yourself apart with strong interview skills

Remember, you never get a second chance to make a good first impression. However, good preparation takes the pain out of the process.

Job Interview Preparation
Remember: Prepare, prepare, prepare!
Preparation is essential and greatly enhances your chances of performing well, So:
  • know your CV
  • know your potential employer
  • understand commonly used interview styles

Best Job Interview Tips

  • Ensure your consultant has provided you with a detailed understanding of the position description, the team environment and the organisation.
  • Conduct additional research on the organisation by reading annual reports and researching on the internet. Understand the organisation's products and services, size, locations, financial situation and growth potential.
  • Make sure you know exactly where you're going and always be on time.
  • Dress conservatively and pay attention to all aspects of your dress and grooming.
  • Know the exact place and time of the interview, the interviewer's full name and the correct pronunciation of their title.
  • Spend time reviewing your resume and experience and its relevance to the position. Identify the specific examples in your background that are directly relevant to the position description and demonstrate your ability to do the job.
  • Refresh your memory on the details of present and past employers and your work history for each. You will be expected to know a lot about a company for which you have previously worked. Pay particular attention to how you will describe your most important achievements.
  • Be prepared to communicate why this role appeals to you, why you should be considered for this role and what sets you apart from other candidates.
  • Prepare the questions you will ask during the interview. Remember that an interview is a two-way street. The employer will try to determine if you have the qualifications necessary to do the job. You must decide whether the company will give you the opportunity for the growth and development you seek.

Interview Structure & Questions


Competency based interviews are the most prevalent style of interviewing, also known as behavioural interviews. They require you to draw on past experience and describe specific examples demonstrating your competence in a particular area. The most effective way of answering these questions is to use the 'STAR' technique:

SITUATION - briefly describe the background to the situation
TASK - specifically describe your responsibility
ACTION - describe what you did
RESULT - describe the outcome of your actions

Here is an excellent answer to a competency based question that is testing teamwork as a competence:

Question: "Teamwork is very important in our organisation. Can you provide me with a specific example that demonstrates that you are a good team player?"
Answer: "I have a number of examples I could share with you. In one instance, when I was working as a financial analyst at ABC company, the sales team were putting together a bid for a large piece of work and the analyst that normally helps them was on leave. I offered to assist and worked late every night for two weeks to ensure they had all the information they needed. They took on my suggestions about pricing and also some creative ideas I had on formatting the proposal. We won the bid and I was promoted as a result."

You may be required to provide between one and three real life examples to validate one particular competence.

Job Interview Questions
  • What are your career aspirations?
  • Why do you want to work for our company?
  • What interests you about our product or service?
  • Of your previous jobs, which did you enjoy most and why?
  • How have you managed conflict in the past?
  • Describe what you have done in your career that shows your initiative
  • What are your weaknesses? Your strengths?
  • What style of management gets the best from you?
  • What have been your major achievements to date?

Remember you are being interviewed because the interviewer wants to hire somebody - not because they want to trip you up or embarrass you. Through the interaction that takes place during the interview, they will be searching out your strong and weak points, evaluating you on your qualifications, skills and intellectual qualities and will probably also seek to determine your attitudes, aptitudes, stability, motivation and maturity.

After the Interview


If you are interested in the position, make sure you tell the interviewer.
Thank the interviewer for their time and consideration of you. You have done all you can if you have answered; Why you are interested in the job and the company? What you can offer? And why can you do the job?


Last but not least, call your Hudson consultant immediately after the interview and let them know how it went. They will want to talk with you before the interviewer calls and will appreciate your feedback. If you are interested in progressing further let them know, together with your thoughts on what the client's reaction is likely to be.
Finally, relax - you have now done all you can!

Resume Writing Tips

Types of Resumes

Chronological resume

  • Recommended for candidates with solid working experience and a progressive job history in a specific field or history, and who would want to continue along this similar career path.
  • Most employers prefer this style as it is based on facts, and easily digestible.
  • Very conventional, emphasizing on itemized employment history.
  • Important to present career milestones in reverse chronological order, starting with current position and moving backwards. Each position contains a description of relevant responsibilities and accomplishments.

Functional Resume
  • Suitable for fresh graduates and job hoppers hoping for a career change.
  • Helps to cover seemingly disconnected experiences by displaying transferable skills and related achievements.
  • Organize work history into sections that highlight skills and accomplishments deemed most appropriate for the position applied for. Always include the company name in bulleted description of your accomplishments. Do not miss out at least a brief chronological listing of your work experience.

Combination Resume
  • This format tries to merge the best features of the chronological and functional type resumes by incorporating both a chronological work history and a skills and achievements section. Top focus is on skills and accomplishments, followed by work experience.
  • Though some employers will find this format long, repetitious and confusing, this type of resume can be good to someone with good editing skills.

Resume Writing Tips

  • Your CV should be as up to date as possible.
  • Use headings like ‘Education’ and ‘Career History’ to highlight the different sections.
  • Don't just make general statements about your qualities – support them with evidence.
  • Try to link your skills and experience to the requirements of the job you’re applying for.
  • Focus on achievements – not duties and responsibilities
  • Examples of achievements you can focus
    • Ways you increased bottom line revenue
    • How you reduced costs or maximized business efficiency
    • New ideas, innovations or changes you implemented that resulted in positive outcomes
    • Special awards, honors or accolades (extra-curricular training or certifications)
    • Training or mentoring staff
  • Use Quantitative Examples
    • include exact numbers to present a complete picture to the hiring manager: “increased sales by 25% over a 6 month period’
  • Include strategic keywords
    • A killer resume will attract the reader’s attention within the first 10 seconds of opening your resume. The very best resumes will create a great first impression that will keep the person reading your resume for longer. Creating a qualifications profile or an executive summary at the very beginning of your resume is a fantastic way to introduce yourself to the reader and immediately portray your skills and qualifications directly to the reader.
  • Remove unnecessary information

What SHOULD be in your resume?

Personal details
Keep this section brief - your full name, address, email address and phone number are important.

Education details
List these in reverse chronological order with your most recent experiences first. Include the name of the institutions, the dates you were there and the qualifications you obtained/will obtain. You may want to list the relevant modules, the projects and dissertations you undertook, the grades you achieved and the skills you developed.

Summary of Accomplishments
A winning Summary of Accomplishments provides a brief overview of what makes you special and how you contributed to your company. A good Summary of Accomplishments can often determine whether you would be shortlisted.

Career history / professional experience
Whether they’re paid, voluntary or shadowing, all experiences count. State these in reverse chronological order with dates to show how long you were there. Mention your achievements and highlight the skills you used or developed.

Positions of responsibility/other achievements/outside interests
Including this information will show that you’re motivated to pursue activities relating to your career and that you take the initiative to develop your skills. Focus on recent examples, describing what you contributed and learnt.

Remember – your CV is a platform to demonstrate your key strengths and achievements and a key step in our application process.

Resume Writing Tips
  • Know Your Objective
    • What job do you want? What are the skills and requirements necessary for this job?
    • Keep them in your mind as you write your resume so that the interviewer reading it will see that you are the person they are looking for.
  • Compile all your information
    • List down your personal particulars, education history, extra-curricular activities including positions held, employment history, seminars attended, achievements, etc.
    • Ensure the dates are correct. Leave out hobbies/interests, parent’s occupation etc.
    • Sort information under specific headings – Education, Work Experience, Achievements, Skills, Activities.
  • Start with your Name and Contact details
    • Write your full name, postal address, house and mobile numbers, email address.
    • Leave out your marital status, sex, race, parent’s name and occupation, birth details, etc.
  • Write your Employment details
    • Starting with your most recent work, list down all the jobs you have had, company names, dates of employment, position titles.
    • Using bullet points, write the job description, nature of work and responsibilities held for each position
    • Use key words: responsible for, coordinating, prepared, managed, monitored, presented, accomplished, achieved, analysed, delegated, etc.
    • Highlight your achievements/job responsibilities.
  • List Education details
    • Lead with your highest education level to the lowest, include grades like CGPA.
    • State courses or papers studied, e.g. Psychology, Contract Law, Multimedia.
    • List activities like societies/clubs, position held and accomplishments if they are relevant to the job you are applying to. Otherwise, leave them out.
  • Include your Skills
    • List down your computer skills, language skills (and different dialects) including proficiency in reading and writing, and soft skills (public speaking, presentation, etc.).
  • Reference
    • Not totally essential but if you need to mention references, choose people who know you personally and can give a good impression of you to the potential employer.
    • Remember to give your reference’s contact details.
    • Make sure you inform your referees that they may receive calls from your interviewers so that they can prepare. Send them copies of your resume so that they know who you are and what you did.

  • Use italic or bold fonts only to indicate important information or section breaks.
  • Be honest
    • Do not inflate your resume. Make sure you can back up what you claim. Do not cheat/lie.
  • Check for spelling and grammar mistakes
    • Make sure your resume is free from spelling or grammar mistakes.
    • Ask someone reliable to check it for you.
    • Do not depend on your word processor’s Spell Check function.
    • Most importantly, proof read until your resume is perfect.
  • Use Power Verbs
    • Action words add “oomph” to your writing and enables you to describe clearly.

Common CV mistakes
  • Overloaded with job history
  • Grammatical errors
  • Not listed in reverse chronological order
  • Usage of abbreviations and SMS language
  • No cover letter
  • Unprofessional email address
  • Over exaggeration
  • Unprofessional photograph

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