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May 5, 2014 - In This Issue:
ANSWERS TO COMMONLY-ASKED JOB INTERVIEW QUESTIONS: "BEFORE" AND "AFTER"

See the difference between a spontaneous answer to a question you are not prepared for and a practiced answer to a question you are expecting.

These videos illustrate the importance of preparing and practicing before an interview: 

I see on your resume that...Tell me more about that.

What makes you unique? 
 
Tell me about a time you failed at something and what you did about it.

What are your weaknesses? 

Tell me about a time you told the truth and it hurt you.

Here are links to two popular blog posts recently added to darcylear.com: 


JOB SEARCH TIPS
Resume Quick Tips for May
Avoid repetition so that your resume is as clear and concise as possible. 
 
For example, within a single resume entry:
 
"Led a project to develop and optimize a soap recipe using crude glycerin, a byproduct of the biodiesel reaction; worked with dining and residence halls to sell soap adjusted to their needs"
 
...is better than...
 
"Led the soap making branch of a student biodiesel organization in optimizing a soap recipe using crude glycerin, a byproduct of the biodiesel reaction; developed solid soaps; networked with dining halls and residence halls to sell soap and adjust the recipe to their needs"
 
The first example only has the word "soap" twice and the words "biodiesel" and "halls" once.
 
Similarly, avoid repetition throughout the entire document: 
 
If you mention a scholarship in the "Education" section, don't mention it again in an entry under "Experience."  Choose the one place on your resume that best highlights each experience.

Include information that is as specific and quantifiable as possible. 

For example...

"Recruited 88 applicants and trained 20 new members
 
...is much better than...

"Helped recruit new members and assisted with their training"  
 
"Conducted 114 county health surveys in Spanish. 75% response rate"
 
 ...is much better than...
 
 "Assisted with surveys about county health services" 
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