A Resume Is What You’ve Done, An Interview Is Who You Are.

Posted by Bernie Reifkind on February 24, 2012

What story does a resume tell?

Whether you are an employer or a candidate, does a resume ever tell the entire tale of who someone is?  No,  it does not.  A resume describes what someone has done.

A resume is a calling card, a track record, a performance snapshot of a career, so far.  Of course, one can read into a resume about someones career choices which then could lead to a possible assessment of one’s over all decision making ability.

“Every picture tells a story don’t it?”- Rod Stewart.  Does every resume tell a story? 

Let’s explore this.

Right off the bat, a resume’s appearance tells the story of whether or not someone is really serious about their career.  It reflects if someone is a professional or an amateur.  A professional is serious about the appearance of their resume. 

A resume is critical in the interviewing process.  A great resume is even more critical.  It’s a first impression. 

Having a professional looking resume is always a good idea.  Employers know when someone has invested in themselves well when they see a good resume.

A bad looking resume is a bad first start.  It’s a waste of time for both candidate and employer.  To some employers, a bad looking resume is an insult.

A great looking resume should compel a first interview, which is the whole idea for having a great resume to begin with.  The goal of an great resume is to create an interview.

An interview is an opportunity to present who you are.

Meeting someone, shaking hands, speaking eyeball to eyeball, looking at gestures, feeling the chemistry (or lack there of), discovering someone’s personality etc., is what a first interview is initially all about.

There is no hiding in an interview and there shouldn’t be. 

As a recruiter, sometimes when a candidate is rejected from a job consideration, I am asked- “what could I done or said differently in the interview?”

My response is always NOTHING.  Don’t we all want to be accepted for who we are? You can not fake who you are and why would you want to?

I am Bernie Reifkind, CEO and founder of Premier Search, Inc.  I can be reached at 1(800) 801-1400 or email at ceo@psihealth.com.  I welcome your phone call.

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