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Be That Winning Candidate With These Top Tips...

08 November 2019

Applying for a job can be a stressful  process, and sometimes we feel as though we are jumping through the most impossible hoops. Whilst employers seek candidates with the relevant qualifications and technical skills, they also want a candidate with personality, outstanding soft skills and the potential to be the perfect cultural fit.

1.      "100% my type on paper!"

Truth be told, every candidate at interview will more than likely have the right qualifications and technical skills for the role as this is what stands out on paper when employers or hiring managers are reviewing CVs. So, in order to stand out at interview it’s important to differentiate yourself from the competition with your bright personality and enthusiasm for the role. Stand out from the crowd by showing that you are the right personality fit for the company by researching the company's culture at application, and working out whether you would be a good fit for this, and more importantly, whether it would be a good fit for you. Sell yourself with your determination and ambition to make sure that you stand out from the other candidates and are offered the role.

2.      "Don't be a drama llama!"

With this in mind it’s important to evaluate the company’s values against your own. Most businesses are inspired by a set of values, and these values are at the very heart of everything that they do. This means that any new members of their business absolutely must demonstrate these values at interview in order to prove that they have the right attitude and ethics to be a part of their business. It would be useful to research their values prior to interview to make sure you demonstrate them during your interview.

3.      "Tell me a time when..."

Employers are also looking for soft skills alongside technical skills. They want to see that you have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, skills that show them that you are capable of working well in a team. Leadership and flexibility are skills that are relevant to every role, so make sure you are aware of this despite the specific role you are applying for. Your interviewer will also want to know that you can manage multiple priorities and use your innovative when approaching problems. Employers want a 'go-getter', someone who will make the role their own and will work hard to manage whatever the role throws at them.

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