- CV Preparation & Advice
- Ensure you include your full name and contact details so we can contact you easily. We prefer both email and telephone contact details.
- Ensure you provide full details of your education and professional qualifications including dates, grades and subjects.
- Recent and relevant systems experience is very important in today’s market so ensure you fully list the software and systems you have had exposure to and experience with.
- Highlight all language skills you have as this is important in today’s global market. Let us know your spoken and written skills in all languages you have abilities in.
- Highlight any specialist knowledge and experience that you may have acquired.
- Be concise when detailing your experience but do give us some detail. For example, if you were responsible for bank reconciliations then detail how many bank accounts you were responsible for and if they were multi-currency. If you were responsible for preparing wages, then let us know details about the size and complexity of the wage-roll.
- Do not be afraid to sell your skills and experience and highlight the achievements in your career to date. Show us why you stand out against other candidates.
- Ensure you explain any gaps in employment clearly and do not omit any period of employment for whatever reason. We will fully understand, for example, that you had a break in your career due to children.
- Be truthful with facts as we will verify your details in our normal process.
- Do not insert any unnecessary graphics or photos into your CV as this can dilute the content of the document.
- Your CV should be clear and easy to read, so avoid using decorative or unusual fonts. Times New Roman or Arial are generally accepted business fonts.
- Tailor your CV for each role you apply for as some skills and experience may not be relevant for certain positions.
- Always check the spelling and grammar on your CV.
- Ensure you have details of at least two referees who can provide us with employment references. We will always check these references during the interview process.
- Preparing for a Job Search
- Register with RemoteResources - during the registration process we will develop a greater understanding of you and your requirements, your work history and skill sets in order to find the role you are looking for. At this time we will also provide you with a summary of current market conditions, advice on how to improve your CV, recommendations on performing well in interviews and details of any suitable roles we are working on.
- Networking - create or update your LinkedIn profile. We often use LinkedIn to search for candidates who are active on the job market. LinkedIn profiles are also used to check the background and experience of candidates prior to meeting them, so this is a good way to ensure your first impression is a good one.
- Develop market knowledge - ensure you are up to date with trends in your industry. It is important that you understand the issues having an impact on your industry and sector so you can talk about them with us with confidence and understanding.
- Remember – that RemoteResources has an ever-growing list of clients in foreign countries such as the US, Australia, UK and Europe. These clients need the very best offshore employees for their specific needs. If you are the best candidate for any of these positions, then you must identify and highlight your specific strengths, qualifications and experience to us. Help us to help you to help the client.
- Pre-Interview Guide
- Begin with a web search of our client company who has the position to fill, to find out as much pertinent information about them and to identify any trends, developments or key items of news.
- Trade press and websites will also be a useful source of information about them, their competitors or specific industry news and information.
- Prepare a list of all items that you want RemoteResources to know about you – especially relevant points about your experience and expertise that you feel a need highlight to us.
- Prepare a list of all questions that you have of us.
- Plan your journey to the interview and arrive on time. We would not recommend being more than 10 minutes early and definitely do not be late! Use Office Finder to find the exact location of our offices.
- Interview Guide
- First impressions count so ensure you make an effort with your presentation. Speak with your RemoteResources consultant prior to interview and identify the dress code for the day.
- Introduce yourself in a confident and professional but friendly manner and aim to develop rapport with the interviewer.
- Your handshake, eye contact and body language will all be considered by the interviewer so be sure to have a good firm hand shake, maintain eye contact with your interviewer and keep your body language positive.
- During the first interview never discuss salary unless the interviewer raises the conversation. Being successful and securing the job is the main priority at this stage – salary negotiations will follow.
- Ensure you have prepared 5-10 intelligent questions prior to the interview as you will be asked if you have any questions at the end of the interview. Most of your questions will be covered by the interviewer during the interview but some areas may not have been covered. The questions you prepare should relate to the role and requirements for the position, the team and work environment and the future of the company. An interview is a two way process and always find out as much as you can about the role, team and company so you can make an informed decision regarding the position.
- How is the company structured and where does this role fit in?
- What are the potential career paths that might be available to me?
- What are the opportunities for further training?
- Where is the company going? Expansion plans?
- Can you tell me more about the role as job specifications do not always give the full picture?
- What type of person are you looking for in the role?
- What type of skill set are you looking for in this role?
- Tell me about yourself.
- Talk me through your CV to date.
- Why are you considering leaving your current role?
- What are you looking for in your next role?
- How would your colleagues describe you?
- What makes you different from the other candidates going for this position?
- Why do you want this role?
- What do you know about RemoteResources?
- What kinds of tasks and responsibilities motivate you the most?
- Why do you think you would be good at this job?
- Which part of this role is least attractive to you?
- How do you see this job developing your skills and experience?
- Tell me about what you learned from your previous jobs.
- What strengths and attributes could you bring to this position?
- What are your career goals?
- What do you believe are the key issues and problems in your industry today?
- What do you think it takes to be successful in this field?
- In what kind of work environment do you do your best work?
- What kind of people do you like to work with?
- What did you dislike most about your last job?
- What is your greatest strength?
- What is your greatest weakness?
- Where do you see yourself in five/ten years?
- Can you give me an example of when you had to work under a great deal of pressure?
- Tell me about the biggest challenge you have faced in your career? How did you overcome this?
- Can you describe a time when you have had to make an important decision that may not have been popular with your colleagues? How did you handle this?
- Can you give me an example of when you have struggled in a position? How did you handle this?
- Have you managed a project? Can you take me through how you approached it and what challenges you faced?
- At the end of the interview always ensure you have asked all the questions you wanted to ask and found out all the information you need.
- When the interview has come to an end ensure you thank the interviewer.
- If the position is one you are interested in then, if appropriate, ask what the next stage will be.
- Our aim is to finalise a short list of the best qualified and suited candidates and endorse these to our clients, who are in a foreign country. The usual result is that the client makes contact with these candidates and makes the final decision as to which one or more is hired.
- If you are successful to be one of the short-listed candidates, we will advise you, usually within a few days. We will then be able to give you further information on the next stage – the interview with the foreign client.
- It is important to remain positive during the interview even if you feel things are not going as well as you had hoped. This could be down to nerves and the interviewer could actually think you are performing very well. So remember to stay as relaxed and positive as you can at all times.
When preparing your CV it is important to dedicate time and effort to ensure it portrays you in the best possible light. Your CV is likely your first point of contact with RemoteResources and so it needs to stand out and show us how you are the best candidate for the position. You must show us that you have what it takes to be a success in the role that you are applying for.
Here are some fundamental points that we always like to see in well prepared CV’s:
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Preparation is crucial and will often determine the outcome of your job search. We have identified some key points to bear in mind prior to commencing your job search.
Always consider the factors that are pushing you towards making a change and what your motivation is for doing so. For example, have you reached a ceiling at your company and now lack room for progression? Are you being paid below market rate for your role or level? Has the role become monotonous or is it out of sync with your career aspirations?
In addition to this you will need to consider what you have gained from your current role, how and where you would like to go with your career, your salary expectations and what your strengths and weaknesses are.
You may find that you are able to assess your own skills and experience and determine all of this before meeting with us or you may find that you need some impartial advice. Either way this is all part of the registration process with RemoteResources.
Please find below a few points to consider when preparing for your job search:
Once you have secured an interview it is very important that you prepare for your first meeting with RemoteResources. Interviews should not be feared. After all they are an easy way for you to present yourself in a way to give us a very good impression of yourself as well as your experience and training.
First interviews with RemoteResources will usually be in our Head Office with a member of our Talent Acquisition team. Depending on the position you are applying for, a member of our HR team may also attend. It is important that you are confident yet relaxed at the interview.
Preparation is essential, so it is important that you have an in-depth knowledge of the detail you have presented on your CV and are comfortable talking confidently about your experience, skill sets and achievements. You will also need a detailed understanding of the job specification and requirements of the role you are applying for.
Think about any questions that you may have or gaps in your knowledge and speak with a RemoteResources consultant to clarify these points prior to interview. It is a good idea to have all questions that you have of us written down for you to refer to in the interview. This will ensure that you have prepared yourself and will also highlight your preparation to us.
Here are some points to consider when preparing for your interview:
Please find below a few points to consider when attending an interview with RemoteResources:
Some examples of questions for the interviewer are:
Common interview questions
During the course of the interview we will be looking to gain an understanding of you, your skill set, your suitability for the role and your ability to fit into the environment. It is important you gain an understanding of whether the role and opportunity will provide you with the most appropriate step in your career.
When answering questions you will need to find the middle ground between being concise and selling yourself. It is important that you are well prepared and think about your answers well in advance of the interview. Keep the information you present concise and relevant and always use examples from your previous or current role to highlight your skills and display the range of experience you can offer.
It is very important your answers are always positive and if you have any negative thoughts during the interview remember them and speak to your RemoteResources consultant once you have finished. Often these are due to a misunderstanding or lack of clarity which can be discussed after the interview.
Potential questions we may ask you include:
Competency based questions:
Competency based interviews are increasingly common and so be prepared for us to include some in your first interview. This type of questioning is scenario based and we will be looking to gain an understanding of your skill set. RemoteResources will look to identify key skills including communication, influencing, management, teamwork and conflict resolution. When answering these questions you should always be positive and show how your skills overcame any issue or challenge.
Potential competency based questions will include:
Concluding the interview: