What You Need To Know For Your Next Job Interview
Advice From HR...
Job interviews. They're terrifying. What are they going to ask? What do they want me to say? Why am I naked? Oh, it's just a dream.
We've all been there. That's why I've recently got in contact with Jess, a HR professional who has shared her tips for the job hunt, the dreaded job interview and eveything inbetween advice for job seekers! Do yourself a favour and take her advice on board, she knows what she's talking about.
What three pieces of advice do you give to those who are currently on the job hunt?
1. Make sure your resume is up to date and will stand out.
2. Be picky, and don't just take a job that you think you might like. Understand what the job is and be certain you will enjoy it.
3. Tap into your network and see if your connections can help you score an interview with a prospective employer - referrals are highly regarded in most companies.
With technologies that sort through resumes before anyone lays an eye on them, how do you suggest applicants can better their chances of getting past the sorting process?
Make sure your resume includes keywords that are used in the job ad. The reason for this is many organisations these days are using sophisticated recruitment technology that filtering through resumes and rank them based on key words and phrases from the job compared to the candidate's resume. The more key words you use, the higher your chances of being noticed.
What do you think is more important – skills or personality?
Personality is certainly more important. Skills can always be taught and learnt, but personality and your natural self is not something that can be learnt, altered or changed with ease.
What do you think is more important – experience or education?
I am biased - I regard work experience over education based on my own personal career. In Australia, work experience and on-the-job learning is seen as critical. In America, companies regard college education more highly. It really just depends on your field of work and the opportunities you have to even get that initial work experience. Some industries, such as the trades require study in conjunction with work, and that makes it easy for plumbers, carpenters and landscapes to get both at the same time. On the flip side, those studying law will not be able to the get work experience they need until they have graduated from their studies.
What is the number one turn off in a job interview?
When a question is not actually answered, but a tangent is taken to dodge the question.
What is the first thing you would look for in a job interview?
To see how much the candidate has researched the company and what we do. This is a foundational and a basic, yet a critical part of a candidate's preparation for an interview.
As a job seeker, what is the best way to approach a potential employer?
I really value direct contact from a candidate to show their interest in a role. As a job seeker, I would take the requested measures required in the application process (such as filling out online forms), and always follow up the application with an email or a call.
What motto do you live by?
Stop thinking, start doing :)