Q = Interviewer; A = HR professional
Q: Learn English Professionals is talking to John Woodrow, who works in the Human Resources department of a large UK-based company. John, tell us about your work...
A: I work on recruitment, especially – so I’m the person who reads the hundreds of CVs we get sent each year!
Q: Do you accept CVs as part of your recruitment process?
A: When we advertise for a particular post, we send out our own application form, which is tailored to our company, and we can use it to make sure we find exactly what we’re looking for...
Q: So a CV is useless?
A: No! Not at all – we’re happy to accept CVs from people even when we’re not recruiting. That way we can build up a database of possible candidates, and as our company is always changing – we’re very flexible in our needs right now (laughs) – it’s good to know what kind of people are out there. We do keep everything on file, and will get back to people who look promising.
Q: So we should be sending you our CVs?
A: Yes, absolutely, yes!
Q: What advice can you give us on writing a CV?
A: Keep it short, keep it simple, keep it relevant. Anything longer than three pages will automatically go into the bin. Just tell us what we need to know. Make sure it’s clearly written – and that there are no spelling mistakes on it! And no fancy fonts... or photographs. We don’t need to know what people look like, just what they’ve done, and what they’re capable of...
Q: So we’re going to look at a couple of CVs now...
A: Yes – these are a couple that arrived just this morning, so let’s take a look...(sound of paper unfolding)... OK, I can see straight away that we have a good one and a bad one here...
Q: (laughs) How can you tell so soon?