“I like talking to people,” said the interviewee to the hiring manager. This is no doubt a great trait to have, but what does it actually mean? Furthermore, would you tell a hiring manager that you don’t like talking to people? For Recruiter Paige Akins and Hiring Manager Matt Rau, there are a few key indicators of good (or bad) interviews.
Know what you care about.
During the initial phone interview, Akins appreciates when people go a bit deeper. She said, “A candidate that digs into what the job is about at its core, and how it would affect them on a day-to-day basis is always impressive. You need to figure out if this opportunity aligns with what you want to accomplish, and whether or not it will give you the experience you seek.”
The primary activity in most interviews is talking about yourself, but being yourself is crucial. “Being unique is a good thing. People really shine when they let their personal attributes as a human come out,” said Rau.
“Sometimes I’ll ask a candidate at the very beginning of an interview, ‘if I offered you a job right now, would you take it?’, and a lot people say yes without having a good reason. Know what you care about and really dive in to what the job is all about before saying yes to that question,” he said.
Bring energy every step of the way.
From the first phone interview all the way through in-person interviews and employee shadowing, displaying a sense of hustle will go a long way. For Rau, this means strict attention to detail. “Bring a resume. Write down questions and bring them with you,” he said, “you’d be amazed at how many people end up not asking any questions. To me, that’s a sign that you’re not fully engaged in our conversation.”
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Develop and be able to talk about your personal values.
Our three company values are accountability, authenticity, and innovation. To us, these are more than just three words. They are the driving philosophy behind many important decisions every day. “Spending time developing your own set of values is important, and being able to communicate them shows us that you know what you want out of life,” said Akins.
“Identifying an individual’s source of motivation helps me understand how they would function in a sales position. With the right combination of motivation and focus, a lot of different types of people can find success in sales,” said Rau.
2016 will be a year of rapid growth for Spring Venture Group. To read about current opportunities across all our departments, head to the careers section of our website. We look forward to hearing from you!