Interview Tip – Make It Personal. Video Advice For Your Interview
During the interview, we want you to share stories from your life so that we can get a better understanding of who you really are. After all, you can’t cram your personality onto a CV or application form.
Transcript of the video is below:
At SuperGrad we interview thousands of candidates. During the interview we want you to share stories from your life so that we can get a better understanding of who you really are. After all, you can’t cram your personality onto a CV or application form. Of course this can be overdone. We don’t want too much personal detail but quite possibly a bigger crime is to not give any personal detail at all. And this what often happens even with the strongest of candidates.
We are looking for candidates to differentiate themselves, not provide generic answers that any candidate could have given. For example, when we ask a candidate why they want to get into executive recruitment they will often list out things like money, progression and meritocracy as reasons why they are attracted to the industry. The problem is that this is what everyone says. So to some extent they haven’t really said anything yet. They haven’t stood out from the sea of competing candidates which is what we and all employers are looking for. They also haven’t substantiated the claims in any way so we have no way of knowing whether the reasons they have listed are actually important to them or whether they are simply saying what they think we want to hear. And this is what will transform the performance of many candidates at interview. To give us the reasons behind the reasons. So if for example you are going to say that you are attracted to recruitment because of the potential for career progression also tell us why this important to you and give us examples of when you have been motivated by the prospect of progression. If you say money give us examples of when your drive for financial success has come to the fore allowing us to really buy into the fact that you are financially motivated.
So next time you are preparing for an interview, spend as much time reflecting on your own life and experiences and how these could support your claim that you are a good fit for the role. You will then be able to more effectively build rapport with your interviewer, allowing him or her to really get to know you beyond your CV and ultimately stand out from the other candidates you are competing against.
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