How to job hunt with confidence25/06/2021
By Emer Slevin-Coleman, Head of Resource Management at Sparta Global
I am a big fan of finding your own value proposition – what makes you “standout” - and have been fortunate to give many presentations and write blogs on the subject. Now I have a job with an RM team that gets to work with early careers individuals every day and educate them on how to find theirs and interview with success too!
At Sparta Global, we don’t only train our early careers/career changers in business and technology skills, we also teach our Spartans how to create differentiators when speaking to customers so they have a better chance of being offered an assignment. Job Hunting is all about having the confidence to interview well, your CV/Profile gets you in the door, but your Interview gets you the role!
So, what’s the magic? There are a few simple points (and some tips and tricks) I can share that should help you get ahead of your competitors with complete confidence!
Prepare, Practice and Communicate:
- Back story:
When we prepare our Spartans for interview, we always start with their back story. Who are you, what is your background, what has brought you here? Most people think this story starts with Uni and educations, but it doesn’t!
You need to get inside the head of your interviewer. They are seeking to find out what you are like as an individual, what makes you tick, what your passions are and what drives you – because this is what will help them know if you fit with an already established team and if an assignment will work.
- Communicate benefits:
Interviewers are also looking for your ability to communicate what you have learned or how your experience will positively impact their team. Most people think an interview is to showcase what they know, but it’s actually to showcase your ability to bring what you know onto a project and benefit that organisation.
Top Tips: If you have learned about Data for example, be focused on the organisation’s job spec and talk about things you have learned as part of relatable examples. Introduce an example of a Data Reporting project you have completed. Don’t forget to ask questions about their projects – there is no rule to say the Interviewer has to ask all the questions!
- Practice communication:
Find a friend or family member that is completely non-technical and explain your role to them. When they can finally (it may take a few goes!) explain it back to you correctly, then you know you have communicated your understanding of your role/what you have trained for correctly!
Top Tip: If you’re still nervous, tell yourself you have met this person before and as a result your greeting will be warmer and you will feel more at ease.
- Be authentic:
Authentic interviewing is all about showing the best parts of you - as you are! Remember the company interviewing is looking for a team fit so there’s no point pretending to be someone you are not, it might not work out when you joined the team. Know your plus points, eg what do you bring to a team environment? Are you an entertainer? Or are you a quieter safe pair of hands? Practice explaining what you bring to the equation.
Top Tip: Look at how you communicate. Answer a question about a role in the mirror or record yourself on your phone. Do you come across as friendly? Would you employ you in a team? What would you look for in this team player? Most importantly, remember to smile and try to enjoy the interview.
- Always know the right role will come:
Please remember; do not take it personally if the first interview you do does not result in getting the job. The employer in question is probably vetting many people for this role – with different levels of experience and abilities - if they don’t pick you it wasn’t going to be the best fit. One of my favourite sayings is; “If its for you, it won’t pass you” and this has been proven so often to me in my career. If you have been invited to interview, your application/CV looks good and you should be confident in the knowledge they picked you to interview for a reason. So if it doesn’t work out and you have shown them the authentic, engaging person you are, move on to the next opportunity quickly. Your dream job is waiting out there, you just need to find it!