The hiring process is an important step in many people’s career path. How do you set yourself apart from all the candidates for a new job? Here are 5 key elements that may help you stand out in your next interview.
Never Underestimate the Importance of Your CV
Your CV is the first point of contact, your chance to make a good first impression. It can make the difference between immediate rejection or moving on to the next step in the process. Make sure that the information is true and that the criteria they are looking for are highlighted, Don’t hesitate to add a touch of creativity and always ask someone who speaks the language in which your CV was written to proofread it!
*Tip: Before pressing “Send”, ask yourself the following question: Does my CV reflect my experience, qualifications, skills and personality?
Let the Recruiter Lead the Conversation
Be well prepared and friendly but let the recruiter guide the conversation, as he or she knows exactly what requirements are needed to fill the position. Candidates often want to say everything at once, for fear of not having a chance to showcase their potential, skills and experience. It is perfectly legitimate and human to want to make a good impression, but take it one step at a time. Let yourself be guided, listen to questions and give clear and concise answers. Don’t forget, you can pause for a few seconds and take some time to think about your answer.
*Tip: Write down three points that are most important to you and that you absolutely want to mention to the recruiter before the end of the interview. Towards the end of the interview, you can take a few minutes to bring up any points not previously touched on.
Remain Authentic and Honest Throughout the Hiring Process
Do not use generic or cliché answers, especially if they don’t represent the real you. It is much more rewarding to be hired for who you really are than the person you think your prosepective employer wants you to be. If you play that game well, it may seem positive in the short term, but in the long run, you will lose… No one wants to have to walk into work every morning wearing a mask.
*Tip: Nobody is perfect. The recruiter prefers a candidate who is honest about skills that need improvement as opposed to someone who tries to look flawless.
Take Time to Ask Questions and Follow Up
At the end of the interview, take time to ask a few questions. It will demonstrate genuine interest and help you understand the position.
Within 48 hours of meeting, take the opportunity to stand out by thanking the recruiter in an email and highlight in a few sentences why you think you are the right person for the position. This can make a difference, especially if you take a personalized approach.
*Tip: Avoid asking generic or irrelevant questions. Do your homework by studying the company and use this information. Take the time to prepare your questions in advance, whether about the company’s strategic direction, culture or management style, to name a few.
Remain Consistent With Your Expectations
Know your expectations before you begin the hiring process. Questions with respect to salary expectations, vacation and other conditions are often discussed in the first interview. It is therefore essential to be prepared in order to remain consistent in your answers. If you change your demands from one stage of the process to the next, it could put you at a disadvantage in the final negotiations.
*Tip: You may have to change your expectations during the process. Don’t worry, it happens! If this is the case, simply take time to explain your reasons by indicating key elements that made you re-evaluate your expectations.
Finally, remember to be yourself and that the hiring process is not only about serving the company, but also yourself. Follow your inner voice to choose opportunities that truly interest you. The goal is to find the comfortable fit between the needs of each party, and this goes far beyond technical aspects. You will be spending a lot of time at work, it is important to feel good about it! Trust yourself and be proud of who you are.
HR, People & Culture
Marie-Pier is a young professional who is passionate about recruitment. Holding a bachelor degree in career development, she likes to support clients in finding the right fit for their needs and help candidates grow professionally. Determined, she will stop at nothing to reach her only goal: finding the perfect match!
If you have questions about recruitment or are looking for the perfect gem, do not hesitate to contact her.