The 30 Second Rule of Interviewing!
When you are searching for a job, the #1 thing on your mind is getting that interview. You have probably taken several steps to roducing your resume, coverletter, and online applications, to make sure you make the rankings. But when you are creating these document, and visiting the online applications, you have to keep a summary of all that you have accomplished. There is 1 min question that an interviewer ask you. That question is, "Tell me a little about yourself." This is not a behavioral question that we are seeing these days in interviewing. This question has been around since the beginning of time! So what do most people do when telling someone about themselves in an interview setting? They commence to telling them a story, sugar coating most of the results, and eventually ending on some high note. Well, ending on a high note, or some fluffed description of who you are, can sometimes leave a sour taste in the interviewers mind. Some individuals commence to telling them about their characteristics, their moods, which are not even relevant to the question, especially in interview settings.
When seeking employment, when an employer ask you to tell them about you. You want to include where you are originally from, the college or university or school you have attended and with what degree you have attained. You then begin sharing your work experience. And one final thing that you normally include in your resume at the very top. You should share an objective at the closing of telling them about yourself. By doing this, it will show interviewers that you are optimistic, you have goals, you have some direction in your mind careerwise. Although this seems as though you are repeating your resume all over again, you want to condense it without going into great details of the job descriptions you’ve held. Touch lightly on everything as if it were a verbal outline.
So say, this is your resume below.
The tip is to say all you can within 30 seconds or less. Doing this will keep the interviewer from getting annoyed by your ranting on about yourself. It is just like creating a commercial with the very same details, or an elevator introduction which I will discuss in another article. Think about how much companies can get into 30 seconds or less about a product that will grab your attention instantly. This is what you want to do for employers when you are selling yourself.
Here’s a sample 30 second statement:
" My name is Savannah Gorman. I’m originally from State City, State. I attended My University, in St. Louis, Missouri. i work for A Technical University Online as an Adjunct Instructor, where i am responsible for providing my students with the basics of business strategy and professional communication, as well as constructive criticism on submitted assignments. I also work at IBEdwards and Udbury, where I am responsible for the technical support. The next progressive steps within my career includes supervision, managing, and directing. "
(THE CONTACT INFORMATION WITHIN THE RESUME IS NOT VALID – SAMPLE RESUME)
Savannah D. Gorman, Master of Management, MBA
123 State Street, State City, State 00000 cell: 123-555-1234 youremail @ email.com
Dedicated professional with 10 years of experience within the technology field. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Excel in both independent and collaborative work settings. Next progressive steps in career are in Supervising, Managing or acting Director.
A Technical University Online (8/07 – Present)
Online Adjunct Instructor (33-70 students)
• Provide a friendly, social environment to promote learning and human relationships.
• Set agendas for live chat sessions, office hours
• Supervise daily activities with online discussions and online interactions
IBEdwards – Saint Louis, Missouri (1/2006 – present)
• Pulled builds from Ghost on Windows 2003 Server
• Setup desktop PC’s, as well as interviewed users to collect data for pc specifications
• Provided day after support for users migrated to new system
Udbury Schweppes – Saint Louis, Missouri (11/2005)• Provided support for those users as they logged on
• Added users to domain, mapped network drives, and copied profiles
• Assisted local CIR with re-imaging workstations using Altiris and ghost, and setting them to user specs
My University, St. Louis, MO
Master of Management 12/2006
• Project Management Institute (PMI), Global
• Metropolitan St. Louis Chapter of PMI
Computer Software: Microsoft Office(Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Visio), Internet Explorer, Outlook, Lotus Notes, Novell iManager, NetMeeting, Magic Helpdesk, Veritas Backup Exec, HEAT Helpdesk, iSeries mainframe console, Oracle E-business Suite
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