FINDING THE RIGHT ROLE
A FEW TIPS.
THE SEARCH PHASE
A common faux pas amongst candidates in answering the most common interview question “what do you see yourself doing next?” is to answer, “I’m going into my search with an open mind”. Do get me wrong, we appreciate a degree of flexibility, but it is important to be in full control of your job search. Set some parameters or none negotiables , they might be things like; size of organisation, leadership style, sector preference or the purpose/cause of the business. Whatever it is, think clearly about where your focus lies and take control.
THINK Medium to LONG TERM
In 2020 we experienced life in a vastly different way. The pandemic cultivated creative HR work practices for companies as they sought to retain and engage high performing teams. These contemporary HR practices became ‘best practice’ from quick thinking and agile leaders. Think about what type of leader you would like to work with or even what type of leader you would like to be. Success under pressure is where leaders are found.
THE APPLICATION PHASE
HAVE ATTENTION TO DETAIL
Avoid making generic claims and stick your neck out. People appreciate authenticity and to stand out, you need to be a bit brave. Ask yourself ‘so what?’ after each claim you make on your CV, if you don’t have a good answer then take it off, if you do then write that bit down…that’s the bit we wanted.
OH….. and avoid acronyms. The biggest cardinal sin in CV writing, never assume the reader knows what you mean.
THE INTERVIEW PHASE
Do Your Homework
The oldest trick in the book. The stronger your preparation the stronger your performance. Read reviews, annual reports, learn about competitors and look into the background of your potential leader. All these aspects of due diligence will lead to informed and interesting no generic questions and help the interview flow.
Demonstrate Self Awareness
This can mean understanding your gaps as well as your strengths. Some on the most powerful interviewers I have seen have been humble and honest with their gaps. Own them, nobody is perfect and the courage to share weakness can quickly turn it into a strength. We’re looking to find the perfect role for you, so you need to know what lights you up and what doesn’t.