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Talking through your CV is guaranteed to be the most common thing you will need to do at all points of the recruitment process. You’ve got to be able to do it and you’ve got to be able to do it well. You should even be confident enough to offer to do it! Read more

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The essential skill: How to talk through your CV

Talking through your CV is guaranteed as the most common thing you will need to do at all points of the recruitment process. You’ve got to be able to do it and you’ve got to be able to do it well you should even be confident enough to offer to do it!


Being able to talk through your CV in an informed, concise and positive way will give you the opportunity to highlight anything in your CV you are most proud or any previous experience you have that matches their job description. It shouldn’t last more than 5 minutes.


Here’s how it’s done:


Start at the end of your CV and talk them through to the present day. You don’t know what the interviewer will want to focus on so be prepared to run through your entire CV. However If you are a new graduate you should talk mostly about your work experience whilst at university but if you have been working for a few years then you will need to focus on your roles from your degree onwards. This shouldn’t be word for word, ask yourself the following questions about each of your previous roles



Be ready to give your reasons for leaving each role but don’t comment unless you are asked.


It’s worth putting the time in – starting the interview in such a strong way will give you immediate gravitas and make it easy for them to imagine you in their work environment as a poised confident person rather than a nervous rambling wreck.


Here’s an example


“My first job was at ABC estate agents. I was really interested in property and I was excited about the prospect of finding people their dream home. It was a large company with a great reputation and I knew I’d get good training.


“I started out as a junior negotiator and when I left 18 months later I was the assistant manager. I won several awards while I was there including best newcomer, top financial services provider – twice and top sales negotiator.


“This job taught me so much about working with people, how to negotiate effectively and how to interact in a business environment.


“I was offered and took a job at this international recruitment company. It was exciting to move sector knowing I could use all the skills Id learnt so far and build new ones. Again, a large company with a great reputation and I really liked the people. I recruited senior finance professionals into a variety of sectors.


“My biggest achievement while I was there was being asked to and setting up a completely new division of the business which was immediately profitable.

This role taught me a lot about business and the important role finance departments play. I learnt that if you work really hard you can get great results”.

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