Tips from a Headhunter: Your Next Interview
18 de June de 2021
18 de June de 2021
This is it… All those years of studying and getting ready for this, all of our skills and competencies — everything is going to be tested today. A job interview is quite similar to meeting the final boss in the video games we used to play as kids — that is, only if you don’t already have the keys and most important tips saved in your “cheats” folder. It’s up to you . Do you want to be the nervous candidate that doesn’t know what to do or the one that chooses to keep on reading this article and become the confident and self-assured candidate that rocks the interview?
Inés Schvartzman, Headhunter & Career Coach at One Talent, tells us all we need to know in order to successfully complete an interview:
1 - Warm Up
Like with everything that means something, we will need to do some groundwork. Mark the date on the calendar and follow these guidelines before the arrival of the big day:
2 - What do they value?
Believe it or not, your professional experience or your academic training are not the only important part of your profile — soft skills are becoming increasingly important qualities for candidates. Try finding out which are your strengths and develop that which you have not been paying much attention to. “Currently, we pay more attention to the soft skills instead of just focusing on whether the candidate could fit the position technically”. These are the skills that will help us to successfully fulfill the role — skills such as our learning capacity or our adaptability. “Being a person that is constantly learning will allow you to quickly learn how to carry out functions that you may never have carried out before”. This is the reason why, often, interviews are based on challenges or carried out in groups, where candidates are judged on their reaction to different situations.
3 - The classic questions
If there are questions that are always there, it’s because the answers are very useful for the interviewers. Take note and prepare your answers:
4 - How should you act?
As important as it is to prepare what is going to come out of our mouth, it’s equally important to prepare what we’ll be saying without speaking. Non-verbal communication says a lot about ourselves without having to say anything with words. Smiling, looking people in the eyes, calling people by their name… Basic tips that present us as an attentive person who is enthusiastic about the job we’re applying for.
A common mistake made by candidates is when they start answering a question and they then deviate from the point and don’t give the interviewers the information they were looking for. “Pay a lot of attention to the question and answer in a direct manner”.
“The most important thing is to be natural and not try to play a part”. During an interview we’re all nervous. But, think about it. Nothing could be easier than being ourselves.
5 - The last impression
After the interviewers are done with their questions, the time comes for us to clear any doubt we may have. Inés' advice is to always have a few questions ready to ask, but she warns us: “We pay a lot of attention to the questions made by candidates because they show us their level of motivation”. Forget about asking whether it’s hot in the office and ask interesting questions that show them that you’ve studied the company and the position you aspire to fill.
Do the research for your next interview, investigate the company you’re applying for, let them know about your soft skills —such as yout adaptability and learning capacities—, differentiate yourself from the rest of the candidates and sell yourself as best as you can. Pay attention to all these requirements and step into your next interview full of confidence and with everything under control.
Article in collaboration with: Inés Schvartzman, Headhunter & Career Coach at One Talent.