A job interview can be nerve-racking, but go in prepared and that will be half the battle won. Not sure what sort of preparation you need aside from knowing what the company’s products and services are? We ask four of our CLEO Change Makers about what they look for in potential employees so you’ll know how to make an impression next time.
“The one thing I really look for in candidates is passion, but I also look at what they’ve achieved and how they can be of value to the company. You need to show that you’re able to learn and that you’re willing to go out of your way to improve.”
“Your resume should tell the hiring manager everything they need to know. So if you’re applying for a creative position, it needs to show in your resume. Also, have your portfolio ready. If your scope of work isn’t something that you can have a portfolio for, show some solid numbers instead. Let the hiring manager know the value of the projects you’ve handled. Finally, just be yourself. You might get the job by being the perfect candidate during the interview, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get fired for not being who the company thought you were.”
“It’s very hard to judge someone so quickly [because one’s true colours only show after considerable] time, dedication and sacrifices. However, I’m drawn to people who are very passionate, and it makes me even more delighted if they have actually taken action to help an animal in need or do things without being asked.”
“It’s important to show a willingness to learn. You should also show that you’ll try anything and everything to make something work, and that you’re able to work well in a team.”