As the talent scouting for the new The Collider edition reaches an end, we would like to share a quick checklist from our learnings throughout the interviewing process. These are just a few tips to guide anyone in their quest for new challenges and prove their value at the short distance, be it for a job or any purpose set upon.
But first, we would like to share a few numbers on The Collider ‘18 open call to give a hint of what to expect this year. And admittedly, the expectations are set to be high. On the one hand, we’ve welcomed over a thousand entrepreneurial applications; that is candidates to become either CEO (chief executive officer) or COO (chief operations officer) for one of the 10 research projects selected. However, the major increase has been on the scientific ground where we have multiplied by 300% researcher applications as compared to last year. From the whole number of candidacies, half of them come from European countries, among which the top places of origin are Spain, the United Kingdom, Italy, France and Germany. If we look at the worldwide picture, the United States, India, Russia and Argentina lead the list.
The successful candidates in this edition are the ones who have mostly fulfilled The Collider standards of professional experience, dedication and, importantly, soft skills. This last factor is a key indicator that can tip the balance in that one final interview but other contextual aspects make a surprising influence, too. Taking all considerations into account, here’s our rank of top tips for job seekers:
- Dress for success
Research the organization’s etiquette and think beforehand of an outfit that suits both the employer and your own self. Aim for comfortable clothes, since you don’t want your mind to be set on your own uneasiness. And remember: it is always better to come overdressed than the opposite.
- Arrive on time and prepared
Arriving early is not only a matter of politeness and professionality but also a great opportunity for you to grasp an insightful impression of the space, the staff and overall office dynamics. Bring along your CV – plus portfolio if applicable- and have your responses ready; plan them focused and concise, no chance to ramble. Although you never know the exact lot of questions from the hiring manager, most are preset and easy to deduce.
- Be genuine
In the end, truthfulness comes over many other indicators. Do not pretend to be someone else, because this can easily backfire. Aim to be confident of your full potential without sounding arrogant and keep the energy upbeat. Finally, make sure to make your case, provide solid accomplishments relevant to the position and sell yourself. The winning candidate isn’t necessarily the most qualified but the best at responding and showcasing his or her fit with the job.
- Ask meaningful questions
Even if all details have been clearly stated by the employer, it is extremely recommendable that you ask questions. Many interviewees judge your interest in the job over the questions you ask, so do your research and prove your curiosity. Think of the company’s working culture, the department’s undercover ambitions, your co-workers, etc.
After all, any piece of advice for job interviews converges in making a great first impression. The whole verbal and non-verbal language is determining for your overall success. Therefore, be polite and firm, arrive early and thank your interviewer. And always remain authentic.