If you haven’t searched for a job in a while, then you’ll be updating your resume and using it without knowing how good it is. Of course, you should get advice from family members, friends and former work colleagues. But there’s another hugely valuable audit tool to gauge the effectiveness of your resume. It’s the post-interview audit.
After conducting any sort of interview using your newly updated resume (including phone interviews), immediately pull out your resume and ask yourself the following questions:
- What did they specifically notice from my resume? If they use phrases like “I saw that you _____. Tell me more about that.”, then you know they got the information from your resume.
- What did they not ask you about that you were really hoping and expecting they would? Potential formatting problems and an opportunity to use the Quick Glance Test described in a related blog post.
- What did they misunderstand? In other words, they asked you a question and you found yourself clarifying their initial observation or conclusion.
You should do this following your first few interviews and after any interview that went especially well or especially poorly.