The research the Institutions carry out does not take the same amount of time as the candidates’. For that reason, generally, they do not respond immediately when they receive each Curriculum Vitae (CV). By contrast, the selection process can take long periods of time.
Sometimes, the companies reserve some CV to consider later. After several months, the company may call applicants and sometimes they do not remember anything. For that reason it´s necessary to be aware of the data and the requirements of the places where we have sent our information. In this case, it could be useful to follow certain guidelines to keep track of the nominations made.
First step, get organized
In a spreadsheet this information can be placed:
- Institution´s name, area, sector.
- How you contacted the institution. For example: newspaper advertisement, spontaneous presentation, through an acquaintance.
- Occupation for which you have postulated.
- Date of submission of CV.
- CV and letter of introduction copies.
- Interview: name of the interviewer, style of the interview.
- Other data: may you contact the institution again? When? General comments about the interview, strengths and weaknesses that need strengthening.
Sometimes, there are other instances that you may have to pass before you get the job. For example a second interview, a psycho-technical test or others. Many times these instances are harder to get through than the others because the competition is against other applicants with more adequate profiles for the position.
To take into account
Before the interview: take an updated CV with you, verify the company´s contact data and adjust your own pretensions.
During the interview: be quiet, maintain the presence and respect, do not doubt, be tolerant and take care of your language.
After the interview: review your actions, reformulate positions, keep in contact with the company, be patient.
From the point of view of the candidate, it´s vital to be organized and to keep control over the CV sent. It has no sense sending hundreds of CV everywhere. One CV for each offer with its respective letter of introduction will allow a better monitoring and a good role in re-submitting the institution.