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Your resume can help you get the most from the fixed amount of time allocated to an interview and position you ahead of your competition. Instead of spending most of that precious time expanding on or clarifying your experience and achievements, you can devote most it to demonstrating how you can make a valued contribution.

If your resume has already answered most of the questions recruitment consultants or hiring managers are likely to have about your expertise, experience and contributions, they don’t need to spend much time during an interview on these areas. They can probe more deeply and you can engage them in a higher level discussion about how you do things, why you do them that way and how you approach challenges and problems.

The interviewer therefore gets more information about you and they remember you because it was an interesting discussion. They got to understand more about your motivations and drivers, your approach to your work, how you could fit with their organisation’s culture and how valuable you are likely to be.

The more they know about you, the better the decision.

To enable hiring managers and recruitment consultants to get to know you as well as possible, make sure that your resume clearly expresses the tangible value you added during your career and the challenges you overcame in getting things done. If you don’t provide this level of information, expect to spend time during the interview answering questions that could have been answered in your resume.

Many clients have told me that their interviews went extremely well because pretty much everything the interviewer needed to know about their current and previous roles was included in their resumes. They could therefore use 80% of the interview to discuss how they could make a difference to the organisation. This helps hiring managers imagine you in the job. It sets you apart from many of your competitors because you didn’t have to go through the boring process of answering questions about what you did, how you did it and the impact of what you did.

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