Why CVs are still the important foundations to build upon in your interview

As attested by our recent accolade of Best Accountancy Recruitment Agency 2015, we’re a great company to turn to in search of that elusive interview with a top drawer accountancy firm. However, clinching an interview is far from clinching the job; on the contrary, it’s just another stage in your journey to gain meaningful employment. For that reason, we have compiled some tips for how you can effectively draw upon your CV to impress during interview.

Why should you refer to your CV in particular?

If your CV is already good enough to have landed you an interview, it’s certainly no bad thing to regularly refer to it throughout the interview and, in the process, remind your interviewers of your various strengths. Indeed, repeatedly citing your CV in this manner can help keep the conversation moving in a direction that works in your favour and take attention away from your less positive qualities.

Portray your broad range of relevant experience

Of course, during the interview, you will be queried about work experience that has assisted you in developing the relevant skills for a fruitful accountancy career. This work experience will likely already be mentioned on your CV, so refer to all of this experience wherever practical.

If, for example, you are asked how you handled working as part of a team during an internship, you could answer the question before citing another occasion where you completed similar work, but alone. The point of this is to highlight your experience apt for many different aspects of accountancy practice.

Openly address more negative points on your CV

Accountants are renowned for their great attention to detail; this has even been described as “an essential qualification for a successful accounting career.” Therefore, faced with experienced accountants questioning you, you’re unlikely to find it easy to pull the wool over their eyes.

It is primarily for this reason that openly acknowledging sore spots on your CV can actually be a good idea during interview. This strategy has several vital merits. One, the interviewers will likely perceive you as more self-aware. Two, you can address those negative parts without being caught off guard. You certainly don’t want to look uncertain and blustering during that interview!

Still, only publicly note your weaknesses if you can say how you overcame them. The whole point of the tactic, after all, is to give better impressions by ending answers positively more often than negatively.

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