Interview Skills & CV Writing Certificate
Whether you are entering the job market for the first time or looking for a complete change in career, improving your CV writing and interview skills is the first step to securing your ideal job.
These skills are crucial for career success, but few of us were taught them at school. This course will give you a comprehensive overview of how employers screen applications, what they are looking for at all stages of the recruitment process and how to demonstrate that you are the perfect person to fill the position.
You will discover the best strategies for succeeding at an interview, how to tackle psychometric tests and assessments, how to build rapport with an interviewer and how to negotiate salary and benefits you deserve. Learn how to approach your job search with confidence and take control over your career.
You Will Learn:
- How to write a CV that will distinguish you from the competition.
- What employers look for when they read a CV.
- How to write a cover letter that will convince an employer that you are the right person for the job.
- What you need to know about the company and your interviewer in advance of the interview, and how to use your knowledge to gain an advantage over the other candidates.
- The best way to answer popular job interview questions.
- How to handle various types of face to face interview, including group interviews and assessment days.
- How to succeed in giving an effective phone or telephone interview.
- How to learn from a bad interview experience and improve your chances of future success.
- An overview of the most common tests.
- How to negotiate the terms of a job offer during or after an interview.
Benefits Of Taking This Course
- Your knowledge will make you an attractive candidate for roles that require you to help others, including roles in the HR and training sector.
- Your chances of finding a new job will improve – you will secure more interviews, appear more confident throughout the selection process and raise your value in the eyes of employers.
- You can study from any location with an internet connection.
- Learn the material at any time and at your own pace.
- Lifetime access to the course – no deadlines.
- Obtain a recognized certification when completing the course, which will improve your career prospects.
- The purpose of a CV and what an employer will look for when they read a CV
- How to make your CV appear professional and help you create a positive first impression
- How to structure the information on your CV
- How to tailor your CV for a specific job position
- The purpose of a cover letter
- What an employer will look for when they read a cover letter
- How to use the information in a job advertisement or person specification when writing a cover letter
- General guidelines to follow when writing a cover letter
- Why you should never attend an interview without having researched the company and position in depth
- How to find relevant information about the company
- What you need to know about an organisation
- What you need to know about the industry, especially if you are applying for your first position in the field
- Why you need to prepare answers to the most common interview questions well in advance
- The key question categories that interviewers use when conducting interviews
- The most common questions within each category and how to respond to each
- How to respond to inappropriate interview questions
- Why verbal and nonverbal communication skills are key to interview success
- How to create a positive first impression when meeting the interviewer
- How to communicate confidence and enthusiasm using verbal and nonverbal communication
- How to build rapport with an interviewer using verbal and nonverbal communication
- How and why group interviews are carried out
- What is meant by the term “assessment day” and why an employer might use them to select candidates for a role or graduate entry scheme
- The typical activities that make up an assessment day
- How to prepare yourself for assessment day activities, to maximise your chances of success
- Why a company may choose to interview you over the telephone or via a video call, rather than in person
- Why the questions asked in these interviews tend to be different from those asked in person
- The most common questions interviewers ask during telephone interviews
- How to use notes to prepare for telephone and video interviews
- What is meant by the term “psychometric testing”
- Why and how employers use psychometric testing during the selection process
- The two main types of psychometric tests
- Why you may have to negotiate to secure the salary and benefits you need and why a failure to negotiate could create a negative impression
- Why you should pursue several jobs at the same time
- How to negotiate a starting salary
- How to negotiate annual leave, flexible working and other benefits
- Why and when you should follow up after an interview
- When you should expect to hear from an employer and what to do if they do not get in contact with you within a reasonable time frame
- How to ask for constructive feedback and how to use it to your advantage
- How to assess your own performance following an interview
Who can take the Interview Skills & CV Writing Certification course?There are no entry requirements to take the course.
What is the structure of the course?The course is broken down into 10 individual modules. Each module takes between 20 and 90 minutes on average to study. Although students are free to spend as much or as little time as they feel necessary on each module.
Where / when can the course be studied?The course can be studied study at any time and from any internet connected device
Is there a test at the end of the course?Once you have completed all 10 modules there is a multiple choice test. The questions will be on a range of topics found within the 10 modules. The test, like the course, is online and can be taken a time and location of your choosing.
What is the pass mark for the final test?The pass mark for the test is 70%.
What happens if a user fails the test?If the user doesn’t pass the test first time they will get further opportunities to take the test again after extra study. There are no limits to the number of times a test can be taken.
How long does it take to complete the Interview Skills & CV Writing Certification course?We estimate that the course will take about 11 hours to complete in total, plus an additional 30 minutes for the end of course test.