So, what do I look for in a new employee? How do you build your presentation to get the job?
In my 20 years of having a Marketing agency, I have mostly hired programmers, Graphic Designers, and Marketeers, and I would like for you as a seeker of jobs to notice some of the things that I – and I am not alone here – take in as Door Openers and Do Not Even Get Close To The Door, respectively.
So, if we start up with the things that do not get you even close to my attention, they are as follows:
- If you don´t bother to tell me how exactly you can become a valuable asset for exactly my company – why you and not the guy standing next to you should get the job, and how you can apply your talents in my house to the best benefit of exactly my company – and not the company lying next door – In other words, dear – do some research and do it well. Is it flattery? No, not at all. It shows that you care, and you have calculated your worth. If you don´t – please don´t send anything my way.
- Dress code – if you have sent me the best application in the world, and I do call you in for an interview – be aware of how you appear. The first three seconds reveal all about you, and if you haven´t got the faintest idea of how to look in my shop – then please don´t. Am I too rude now? No, not at all. If you don´t bother checking the culture of a company, you´re not part of the plan.
- You are not able to explain your weaknesses. I will ask you, be sure. If you don´t have a blind spot – then you either lye to me or you are our lord creator. In the case of the ladder, I will hire you, bye the way. Having weaknesses and being able to explain how they will not affect your daily work or how you will work with them to minimize the effect – is gold, and it makes the things that you excel in appear much more credible. So please, tell me.
And now to a few things that really matter on the positive side – and no, it is not your grades – at all. Sorry, over-achiever
- Exemplify your personal competencies. 50 percent of why I hire you – is you. How you match the team and how we think, act, and work. So, if you can tell me that you are flexible, then you should be able to tell me how and come up with some really good examples of this – then I buy it. Otherwise, who was next?
- Curiosity. I am not interested in your grades – have never in my life looked at any. I am interested in you as a resource for my company. Nothing more. If you get inside, then I also see you as a person, but not before. So, if you are a person that is always eager to be better at what you do and how you every day can be better and a more valuable resource – and can explain to me why – then I listen. And then you will be good. At one point. If you think that you already have peaked in performance, then you are lying to yourself. The world is moving and if you don´t move along, then you fall behind.
Maybe this does not apply in other countries than Denmark and for sure many hiring parties will look for other things and maybe some will even look at grades, but taking a few tips inside from a semi-old guy with a fair amount of experience in reading people shouldn’t hurt much, right?
Best of luck out there to get the job.