When applying for a job, it is likely that you will be one of many candidates. Presenting an effective CV is one way of getting noticed from the outset. Interviewers may decide whether or not to see you on the strength of your CV.
In general terms, a prospective employer is looking for loyalty, ability and suitability (ie cultural fit), determination, enthusiasm and a willingness to learn.
The big job interview you’ve been prepping for and stressing over for days or weeks is over, and you can finally breathe a sigh of relief — except now comes the hard part: Waiting to hear back…
This is the time of year when parents call our office to ask “Can you find a headhunter for my child, who’s just finished college?” God bless these parents, who have never met a headhunter, much less worked with one. Someone told them that a new college graduate needs to make friends with a search professional, sometimes called a headhunter, in order to get a job. We get to tell the disappointed parents that in all likelihood a headhunter can’t help their child.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of Facebook, describes his hiring process this way: I will only hire someone to work directly for me if I would work directly for that person.
Zuckerberg’s comment illustrates an overlooked, yet fundamental, truth about hiring—people are ultimately looking for someone they want to work with. This is why companies of all types will ask you the same five questions.