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A few of Harley Davidson's Human Resources department rode in to give some advice on interviewing and resumes. These individual's are in charge of hiring for their specific fields within their department. Each gave great advice for any one who is looking to be hired, whether it is part-time or full-time.
This is a team who are always looking at resumes and conducting interviews almost on a daily basis. Most interviews today deal with a behavioral component, "Explain a situation when…" It can be hard to come up with a story right on the spot but the acronym to remember is STAR.
Situation: Set the scene for your example. Explain it, and connect it to their questions.
Task: What was it exactly that you did?
Action: How did you go about the task? How did you do the task?
Result: What happened because of what you put in to place?
Use "I" statements. The company wants to hire you, not everyone you worked with.
Resume and Cover Letter Tips
After the Interview
One of biggest pieces of advice repeated to this class of students was, remember that life is an interview. No one can ever be sure who is watching or who people know. Nothing is a secret, especially social media and the internet. There is no way to actually get back what has been put "out there." All of the interactions that happen are about making connections and building relationships. Again, life is always an interview and everybody knows somebody. Taking a deep breath and preparing can almost ensure you will walk away employed.