Effective Writing Interview Skills
• Effective writing Interview Skills
• Types of written documents
• The different types of assessment
• Cover Letter and Resume – Introduction and purpose
• Attributes of a cover letter and a resume
• Sample cover letter and resume
• Different types of written interview
At the end of this
session, students will be able to:
• Comprehend the reason for written interview skills
• Exhibit effective writing skills
• Differentiate types of written interview
• Compile relevant information required to prepare a cover
letter and resume
• Write a cover letter and a resume
Writing Interview Skills
Effective writing skills and spoken skills are highly sought
after by most employers.
Whether crafting short emails or lengthy annual reports,
employees need to demonstrate effective writing skills.
Written interviews act as a vetting tool for assessing
writing skills of the candidate.
There are two types of written documents used for interview:
• Pre interview documents
• During interview documents
Pre Interview Documents are:
• Cover letter
During Interview documents can be:
These are the most commonly used documents for conducting
preliminary round of written interview.
Writing Interview Skills
It is very common for potential employers to administer
various written tests and assessments during a job interview. While the nature
of these exercises will vary from job to job and employer to employer.
In general they seek to assess the skills and knowledge of a
job applicant in a “real world” setting in which they must rely on
their own abilities under deadline pressure.
So the different types of assessment could be:
• Communications Skills Tests
• Job Knowledge Tests
• Personality Tests
Vocabulary, reading & language skills are checked in the
written test to measure your effectiveness in communication. Besides the
articulation skills logical and analytical thinking is also assessed.
Aptitude Tests are designed to test a candidate on a specific
set of skills. Most companies try to assess a candidate on analytical and
Basic mathematical skills, with problems that focus on
applying simple concepts in relatively complex situations, are tested in order
to judge your analytical skills.
Core companies conduct technical tests as a part of their
selection procedure. These tests include technical questions on particular
areas of the student’s specialization such as electronics, mechanical, civil,
etc. These tests measure your technical skills and subject knowledge.
Individuals with a firm grounding in the fundamentals of their subjects perform
well on these tests.
Recently, an additional test type that has been introduced
by some companies, particularly IT companies, is the Psychometric Test. This
test type works as a filter and helps the human resource department of
companies to select the most suitable candidates for their company. When you
answer the questions honestly, the company is able to build your psychological
profile and establish the work and profile that suits you best.
A cover letter is sent with and explains the contents of a
The purposes of a cover letter is to:
• Affirm interest in the position applied for
• Provide a summary of qualifications
• Compel the interviewer to read your resume
• Request an interview
of a Cover Letter
A cover letter should:
• Contain one page
• Address to the concerned designation /department
• Mention the designation applied for in the subject header
• Include applicant’s name and contact details
• Comprise the gist of relevant skills
• Conclude with an action point (for example, requesting an interview
or asking for a personal interview).
Note: Use different cover letter for different job applications
<Your contact number>
<Your Email id>
<The concerned designation/department>
Application for the post of <Designation>.
It is with great pleasure that I am writing this to you. I
seek a position as a <Designation> in your <Organization>. This is
in response to the advertisement posted in the <Name of the newspaper>,
I have completed my B. Pharmacy with <Mention your
Grade> in the <year>, from <college name>. I have excellent
communication skills and have a profound knowledge of my subject.
Please revert, if you find my profile suitable for the above
position. I will strive to perform to the best of my capabilities. Waiting to hear
<List all documents attached>
A resume is a written compilation of education, work experience,
credentials, and accomplishments.
• Name and contact information
• Career objective
Sample of a
Hardworking pharmacy student seeking an entry-level Chemist
position based on accumulated academic and hands-on experience. Demonstrated
proficiencies in analyzing lab samples updating database entries conducting
complex testing with accuracy and maintaining lab equipment. Commitment to
becoming a valuable team member by applying natural communication and
Given the opportunity to perform chemical analysis tasks
with minimal supervision earning praise for accuracy of results.
Received positive performance evaluations that noted a
proven ability to quickly learn and apply new concepts.
Bachelor of Pharmacy, 2017
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Written interview tests are conducted at the beginning of
the recruitment process. They have multifold agendas.
• Measures characteristics required to be job-fit
• Are carefully designed to foil those who try to put down what
they think the employer wants.
• Assess a candidate’s honesty, reliability and pro-social tendencies.
• Measures the ability for ethical decision-making
• Determines if the applicant has the general knowledge and desire
to do a specific job
• IQ tests are considered part of this
Skills or Job
• Measures specific skills required to do the job
• The objective is to ensure fairness in the hiring system
• The purpose of a cover letter is to declare a interest in
the position applied for and to provide a summary of your qualifications
• A cover letter should ideally be of one page and consist
your contact details, the job applied for and a list of your relevant skills
• A resume is a written compilation of your education, work experience,
credentials, and accomplishments
• The key elements of a resume are your contact details, educational
qualification, training skills and experiences
• The different types of written interviews are personality
tests, integrity tests, aptitude tests and skills/job knowledge tests