Looking for a new opportunity is very stressful. With all the conflicting information out there, it can be challenging to decipher what’s actually important when you’re interviewing. Every firm claims they’re looking for “rockstar” employees, so let’s take a trip backstage to see how our best candidates perform to land their next gig.
Know what you want. My team and I hold firm to the belief that we want to help you find the right fit, not necessarily the first one that comes along. Six months from now, I don’t want you looking for a new opportunity. I want you to love what you’re doing so much, you won’t even entertain a conversation about moving.
That means I want to create a partnership between you and our firm. Don’t get so desperate for a new opportunity that you compromise on what you want. This will create an endless cycle of continuously looking for a new job. Break the cycle now and get what you deserve! Find those core necessities you need to be happy and stick with them. Always express yourself genuinely when you’re interviewing. If an opportunity isn’t what you want, keep looking for one that is.
Be nice to your recruiter. Okay, I admit. I have an ulterior motive in giving this advice. Regardless the source, it’s still very important to remember. At the end of the day, your recruiter will be your biggest advocate. Every time we ask another member of our team to interview you, we put our reputation on the line. Sometimes, finding the best fit may require some patience. Even if it takes longer than we originally anticipated, we’re still rooting for you.
Placing your frustrations on us won’t get you anywhere. Never underestimate the power of a recruiter’s network.
Do your research beforehand. If you receive an email from me and we schedule a time to speak, there’s no excuse for not looking at our website. Do you not want to know more about the company you’ll potentially trust to put food on your family’s table? Learn about our service offerings, history, team members, etc. That way, when we do have our initial conversation, you can be prepared with meaningful questions.
If you have time, take it a step further and check us out on social media. We get to share more about our culture on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram than we can on our website. Do your homework! Which leads to…
Always, always have questions at the end of our initial conversation. I’m not so efficient of a recruiter that I cover everything. I want to make sure all of your questions are addressed, but I can’t do that if you don’t ask them! Making a move to a new company is a major decision. I know you have questions. If you don’t, I suggest you think of some before we talk.
Look at the company’s current employees on LinkedIn. This goes hand in hand with doing your research. If you want to see what type of growth is offered at a company, check out what their current employees are doing. This can be a good indication as to what is going to be available to you once you join the team.
Don’t be afraid to follow-up. So many times, a candidate will say, “I would have called you sooner, but I didn’t want to be annoying.” Unless you’re calling me at midnight (it’s happened), emailing me multiple times an hour (it’s happened), or showing up at our office unannounced (sadly, it’s also happened), you don’t need to worry about bothering me! Checking in tells me you’re interested and excited about working with us. Don’t let the connection between us die off because you’re too afraid to reach out. Communication is a two way street.
Be an individual. At the end of the day, we are in the people business. We’re looking to hire individuals, not machines. If I ask about your passions outside of work, please open up. I want to get to know you and what makes you unique. If we’re considering a partnership, let us get to know the true you (while staying professional, of course).
I hope this is beneficial and you’re able to apply this advice throughout your interview process. Rock on!