Hiring staff can be one of the most complicated tasks for both workers and employers: the demand for talent, depending on the industry, often does not “match” with the existing offer. To this is added the compatibility that exists between the organizational culture of the company and the worker’s values, their objectives and, in general, the expectations they have when looking for a job. And this is largely discovered in the job interview.
On different occasions I have been asked what recruiters look for when evaluating professional profiles to cover different key positions. It is clear that there is no universal “winning” profile that will succeed in every interview and that applies to all positions, but there are a series of small details that speak a lot about a person’s profile and, therefore, make a big difference when it comes to being selected or not for a job.
What makes a profile stand out to get to the job interview?
To go to the interview stage, you must first be able to attract attention with your CV. For this, the main thing is to take maximum care of the writing and presentation of it.
Many resumes do not contain the necessary and relevant information for the position for which they are applying, they have poor preparation, inconsistent dates and misspellings. It may seem obvious, but dozens of applicants omit these simple bases, so it is worth remembering to comply with the aforementioned.
Tips for the first stage of selection
In a job interview it is not only important what we say, but also how we say it. The degree of interest in answering, the way of reacting to a complex question, knowing how to listen to the other and non-verbal language are elementary factors.
For this reason, I share some tips for you to take into account in your next interview:
hit the profile
It is important to show that you are the right person for the position and for the company. Both in hard and soft skills, company profile and that there is a real interest on your part to join the company.
Always remember to listen carefully to recruiters and transmit with the body what is said with words. Watch your posture and attention at all times to make the best impression on your interviewers.
Choose your words well. If they ask you to mention negative aspects of your personality or experience, speak positively and purposefully about them. Be humble when discussing your job skills and abilities; remember that it is very important not to speak ill of former employers.
Involvement with the company
It is essential to keep in mind the philosophy, mission and values of the company. Searching for information about the institution before the interview is a highly recommended practice that will allow you not only to be more attractive for the position, but also to know a priori the profile of the company and know if you fit in it before any contact.
Transmitting enthusiasm for the projects in which one participates is always very well seen. Show yourself as a predisposed person and willing to participate to achieve goals together with the team.
Show that you are a person who takes the initiative, who takes action and takes responsibility for not letting the environment influence negatively. Workload self-management is one of the most sought-after and attractive skills for high-performing positions.
empathy for others
Showing closeness and understanding with the rest of the coworkers helps to create a very favorable and pleasant work environment, without a doubt it is a more than valued characteristic. Teamworkers tend to go further as a group and push the rest of their teammates to keep up.
For recruiters, these instances are essential to evaluate both your technical skills and your soft skills. For you, it is the opportunity to demonstrate your potential and convince the interviewer that you are a person who will add value to their team.
Finally, never forget to lower your arms. A “no” does not necessarily mean that you are not a good professional, sometimes it is just a matter of finding the right company and position. Keep your eyes open to detect the right opportunities for your profile.
Christian Patino Christian Patiño is the CEO and co-founder of Coderhouse, a digital learning platform. He studied business administration at UADE, in Argentina, and later collaborated at Accenture. He founded Coderhouse in 2013, where he has focused on fostering the most demanded skills in the market through a dynamic learning model, promoting entrepreneurship in the Latin American region.