Getting the Leading Edge in Your Interview
During my time in veterinary recruitment, I have seen what works for candidates and how to edge out the competition. So how do you become one of those people the hiring manager will fight for when it comes down to two equally qualified people? It is simple and it is all about building a connection with your interviewer. Without a doubt, this seems to be the formula that works and it is easier than you think!
Learn your Organisation
Do your homework. Research the company as well as the job. Find out as much as you can about the company in advance of your meeting. Look at their website – the ‘About Us’ page more specifically and their social media sites. The tone of these sites will speak volumes. From these you can:
– Understand their team
– What services they offer
– Their values
– What are they trying to achieve
– Their story
– Their unique points
– Understand what can you offer to them, and what can they offer to you!
It is this grit and determination that will set you apart but it’s a good learning curve to see if the company and the culture are a good fit for you. Check out company reviews and reviews from past and current employees. Learn who you are meeting from the company and try to undercover what intrigues them and what skills they will be looking for.
Read the job description – use this as a roadmap for creating questions. Consider what the company posting the job is asking. Make a list of the skills, knowledge, and professional and personal qualities that are required by the employer and are critical for success in the job.
Once you have created a list of the qualifications for the job, make a list of your assets and match them to the job requirements. These might include skills, qualities, certifications, experiences, professional qualifications, abilities, computer skills, and knowledge bases. You can bring up some of these assets when you explain to the employer why you are a great fit for the job.
Also, think of examples from past work experiences that show you have these qualities. This way, if the interviewer asks you to describe a time when you demonstrated a particular skill or ability, you will be ready.
If you would like any further help or support in finding your next role within the veterinary industry – contact VetPool today!