Gerard Kerr, GM of Executive Search & Selection shares insights from his 20 years of executive recruitment experience to help you land your next big role.
I’d like to share some insights gained from my 20 years of recruitment in which I’ve interviewed thousands of individuals across a broad range of occupations and industries. Now, I believe these insights should assist you with being able to secure your next role.
Over my time, I’ve seen a major difference with those candidates that are able to articulate a message to their audience, so the people interviewing them, that’s targeted to their needs.
So, what do I mean by this?
One of those questions we often get at interview is one of those openers and it could go something along these lines: So, could you tell us about your working history to date?
Now, it’s a broad question and the panel are usually looking for an understanding of your ability to communicate, but of course, also after an idea about how you see your transferable skills fitting into their organisation.
Now, the trap here is that many of us just talk about our working history to date, don’t we? We look at those parts of our history within different roles that have appealed most to us without necessarily taking into account our audience.
So, what I recommend here is while you’re doing your research around the organisation, take a moment to think about your most relevant roles from the past.
So, rather than just relying on your stock, standard responses, when I was at this organisation, I did A, B, and C, you’ll be able to go, “Well, I was at this organisation “and I did this, this, and this. “And this, I thought would be particularly relevant “to the role at hand”.
Then, you’re able to jump through in a very concise manner, once again, drawing upon those transferable skills that are relevant to your audience.
Now, that’s just not for that one question, that goes for all questions, doesn’t it? We like to fall into the habit of having our standard responses. But in the world of today, we’re needing to be more nimble. We can’t just go with the scripts that we’ve always relied on.
We need to be able to take into account our audience and give them material that’s going to actually mean something to them.
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