Having interviewed a wide range of talented over several years, we’ve become experts at quickly assessing candidates and recognising traits of the crème de la crème. So to help you prepare for an upcoming job interview and make the most out of your skills and experience, here are the top six qualities of successful candidates.
Attitude is everything. Emanating positive energy, an upbeat outlook and a can do approach to all aspects of the job hunt will likely result in more successful outcomes. Even if you go for a job interview and are knocked back, following up by asking for feedback and ways you can improve will prove to a potential employer that you’re willing to learn from mistakes and open to constructive personal development, which could lead to wider job prospects in the future.
Confidence and determination are qualities possessed by all successful candidates. Whether that means a follow up email after sending an application, or asking for feedback after an interview to see where you went wrong, persistence is key, proving passion and motivation, both admirable attributes of any employee.
Turning up to a job interview in scruffy clothing or casual wear is a big no-no, especially in a corporate role. That said, dressing according to the role is important. If you’re going for a job as a Graphic Designer in a trendy new start-up, a business suit and brogues may not fit the bill, but whatever the job you’re going for, wearing clean, appropriate attire and running a comb through your hair will give the best impression.
A huge part of determining whether or not an interviewee is suitable for a role boils down to assessing how they would fit in with a certain company culture. Being adaptable and knowing how to tailor your language and tone of voice according to context is crucial – colloquial language and slang might be appropriate when you’re out with your mates in the pub – but not in a professional setting. If you’re feeling nervous try to be aware of your topics, rambling about your personal life just to fill gaps in the conversation won’t leave a good impression. Take deep breaths and gauge your situation as it comes, responding to and understanding the changes between different social spheres.
Do your research. A potential employer or recruiter will expect you to have already gotten to grips with the company values and services before coming to be interviewed, since this shows not only that you’re interested in the job and that you can take initiative but that you’ve reflected upon what will be required of you. You should also prepare for questions you may think the interviewer will ask you, as well as prepping a thought process for any unexpected ones.
What makes you stand out from the crowd? Why should you be picked for a job over someone else with exactly the same qualifications and experience? Originality can’t be faked; you have to determine what makes you different. If you’ve volunteered or used your skills to raise money for charity, make that known, or if you’ve undertaken extra courses or work experience, detail what you’ve gained that will help you in this role. Your individuality has the potential to elevate you from acceptable to exceptional.
Do you have any of these qualities? How do you think you can up your game and land your dream job? Join the chat on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. If you’re eager for a new challenge why not apply to one of our current vacancies.