"Walk me through your resume" is a request often made by potential employers at the start of an interview.
How you handle this opportunity to provide more information and highlight your suitability can have a make or break impact on the impression you make in your job interview.
Having a good understanding of the job opportunity and the company will enable you to focus on and expand on the pertinent and relevant information in your resume.
It is quite acceptable when you are asked "Walk me through your resume", to clarify what the interviewer wants with questions such as:
"Walk me through your resume" is NOT a retelling of your resume, it is rather an answer to "Why are you the right person for this job?"
The interviewer will have a copy of your resume to refer to, so avoid
just repeating the bald facts and listing your duties. For example :
You want to focus on key career accomplishments, what you have learned and those essential skills you have developed that apply directly to the job opportunity.
Take this opportunity to make a positive and favorable impression by clearly articulating your successes and workplace strengths.
This will depend on a number of things:
It is important not to bombard the interviewer with too much information and all details should be relevant and pertinent to the job opportunity. However, this is an opportunity to highlight your suitability and strengths and so you need to provide sufficient information to do this.
A superficial response is as damaging as an unfocused and irrelevant one. Good preparation will ensure you strike the right balance.
The interviewer should ask follow up questions if he or she feels they need more information, so do not be concerned that you are not covering everything. Rather keep it tightly focused than try to include every detail and bore the interviewer.
1. Focus on how you have developed the key skills for the job
Identify and focus on the most essential skills - this is an excellent way to provide a cohesive and compelling response. Identify the critical skills for the job and discuss how you have developed these skills through your education and your work experience.
2. Plan the areas of your experience you will focus on
Plan which areas of your resume you will focus on. Analyze the critical requirements of the job. Go through your resume and highlight the areas of your education and experience that meet these requirements and focus on those.
At the end of your discussion the interviewer should have a clear understanding of 3 to 5 key areas and achievements in your background that will enable you to perform successfully in the job.
3. Highlight the similarities between previous jobs and this role
Highlight the similarities between the responsibilities, the skills used and developed, the company culture at your previous jobs and the role you are interviewing for. For example:
"At JP Bond our team was constantly under pressure to meet tight deadlines, I enjoyed the challenge of such a demanding work environment ."
A particularly valuable tip for entry level jobs or career changes is to plan by selecting key experiences from your resume (for example your choice of college, your major, an internship, a job you took) and answer these four questions:
This part of the job interview also provides a good opportunity to explain job changes and movement as it relates to your career.
Don't be tempted to skip over aspects where the employer probably wants clarification, like gaps in employment or a retrenchment. Plan a concise and authentic explanation to provide in your interview. Find out how to handle these difficult areas at: