Right at the very start of your job interview, the interviewer is going to say to you, walk me through your resume or walk me through your CV. In this post article, you will learn exactly what to say to set you up with confidence for the rest of your interview.
Now, the interviewer is asking you to walk through your resume or your CV for two reasons.
1. they have not had the time to look at your resume in detail. Therefore, by getting you to read through it for them, it saves them time because;
- they are really busy and
- they will have had lots of people apply for the same job.
2. They want to hear whether you have any experience in your employment history that is a match for the job description.
So to help you walk through your resume with confidence, this is what this post article will cover:
- You will learn some really important tips for walking through your resume or your CV in a way that will impress the hiring manager.
- You will learn what not to say when talking through your resume.
- And you will learn two examples scripts to use and a copy of these slides to help you walk through your resume or your CV successfully (Non-managements and managements roles interviews).
Five (5) Tips For Walking Through Your Resume
Let’s have a look at five really important tips for walking through your resume with confidence.
- Make sure you read your resume at least one day before your interview. It is important that you familiarize yourself with its contents.
- Take your résumé along with you to the interview, but don’t read from it directly. Take it along with you in a presentable format. Perhaps put it in a folder because this shows them you are organized and you are professional. Now, if you get stuck whilst walking through your resume and you forget what to say, then you can quickly refer to it.
- Always start at the beginning of your career and work towards the present day when walking through your resume. And this is what is called chronological order.
- Quickly skip through any jobs where you didn’t gain skills that are relevant to the job you are applying for and then
- Focus in greater detail on the jobs where you did gain useful and transferable skills, qualities and experiences that are relevant to the position you are applying for.
Resume Walk Through Structure
So when you walk through a resume, make sure you follow this structure
- Talk through your employment history, as I said, in chronological order. So go right back to the beginning and then work through to the present day and again,
- Skip over any jobs where the experience gained is not relevant to the job you are being interviewed for, but instead;
- Focus in detail on any jobs where you did gain valuable skills, qualities and experience that match the job description.
- Talk about the highlights of your career to date. i.e when you have been in a job where you have been singled out for praise or you have achieved something of significance. Make sure you mention it
- Reference any courses or qualifications you have gained that are applicable to the job you are applying for.
- Give a closing statement that is positive and that reaffirms you have the experience and skills needed to perform to a really high standard in this role. You will learn it in this post.
How to Answer Walk me through your Resume with Good Example Answers
Here’s how to walk through a resume or a CV. So the first one is for non management roles and later you will learn the one for team leader and management positions. Here we go.
Walk through for Non Management Roles
Question: Walk me through your resume.
Example Answer: My first job was at Maxwell’s warehouse in New York, where I spent 12 months packing and distributing orders. I then moved on to work for a sales company called Blue Diamond Sales back in 2010, where I really started to gain some useful skills that enabled me to be a highly productive and valuable employee. Now, after spending 18 months at Blue Diamond sales, I moved on to work for my first major company, which was Microsoft, where I was part of a product development team.
Now, during this role, I gained substantial experience that is a match for this job description. I was part of a team that developed new products and services. Here, I needed to work to strict timelines whilst collaborating with people in my team, with contractors and also with stakeholders. I became a highly proficient communicator in this job, and I believe those skills will stand me in good stead for this position
Now after five years with Microsoft. I then went on to work for a small business-startup company in my hometown called Davis Ventures.
Again, I learned some great things whilst I was there that will help me in this job. I was responsible for helping create new product designs and then bringing them to market. I was involved in testing the products, which meant I needed to work within strict safety guidelines. And I also worked as part of different project teams, which meant we had to overcome various challenges on a regular basis.
Now, throughout my career, I have attended numerous training development courses, including ones that focused on sales and customer service, project management and health and safety.
Now, highlights of my employment history include helping my team at Davis Ventures to increase sales by over 25% for the three years on the bounce. Now, I was also regularly commended by my manager whilst I worked at Microsoft for being someone who would always ensure team projects were completed on time, despite numerous challenges and obstacles to overcome.
Now I am confident I have the necessary skills or qualities and the experience to get up and running quickly in this role. And I believe you will see a positive return on your investment by hiring me.
So that is a great in-depth walkthrough of an example resumé. Now, of course, the companies and the organizations that I have used are not relevant to you, they are not relevant to me. They are fictitious and made up. But it gives you an example of how to structure your own resume walk through and make sure you use that type of closing statement at the end.
Resume Walk Through Recap
- Talk through your employment history in chronological order,
- Skip over any jobs where the experience gained is not relevant to the job. You are being interviewed for
- Focus detail on any jobs where you gained valuable skills, qualities and experiences that matched the job description.
- Talk about the highlights of your career where you were praised for really good performance or you achieved something of significance as part of a team
- Reference any courses or qualifications you have gained that are applicable to the job and
- Give a closing statement at the end that is positive.
Walk through for Leadership and Management Positions
Now, let’s now do a walk through for leadership and management positions.
Question: Walk me through your resume.
Example Answer: “My first job was as an office administrator for local government, where I was responsible for planning and organizing the office operational commitments. Now right from the start of my career, I was genuinely interested in management and I used to watch how my manager would lead and direct his team whilst I was working in this administrator role. I then moved on to work for a sales company called High-Level Sales as a junior manager, and I was responsible there for assisting the manager in delivering the company commercial goals and objectives
After a three year period at this company, I took my first proper management position for a new start, a company called Davis Ventures, where I was responsible for the day to day operations and the delivery of the strategic aims of the business. Now, in this role, I managed a team of five people. I carried out performance reviews of my staff and I managed conflict whenever it presented itself. And I also organized the team meetings where we would regularly discuss our goals and objectives and I would hold people accountable.
Now, during this position, I was often praised by my manager for running a highly efficient team where everyone performed to a consistently high standard and everything we did was delivered on time.
During my career, I have attended numerous training courses that I believe will be of benefit to your organization, if I get the position.
I have attended leadership and management courses, the management of safety in the workplace courses, a numerous regulatory courses that ensure I always help the organization I am working for maintain compliance.
I understand there comes a huge amount of responsibility in this management position, and I feel strongly I have the necessary skills, the qualities, the drive and the determination to help you achieve your commercial and financial objectives.
So that’s a great walk through resume for a management or leadership position.
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