If you feel overwhelmed at the thought of interviewing for a new job, you’re not alone.
It’s important to consider how you can put your best foot forward and truly stand out from the crowd once you make it to the interview stage of your application.
Even if you don’t have all the technical skills required for the job, you can win over the hiring manager with your personality and passion.
According to SEEK research, hirers value a good attitude in job seekers, which includes qualities like motivation, willingness to participate and a capability for self-directed learning.
SEEK also found that two out of three employers would prefer to hire someone who has passion for a role but limited experience, over someone who’s fully qualified but lacks enthusiasm.
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What employers look for in a standout interview:
Model Co CEO Shelley Sullivan told news.com.au that when interviewing candidates, she looks for someone who demonstrates their ability to be agile and multi-task while thriving in a fast-paced environment.
“Someone with an in-built entrepreneurial flair, a go-getting attitude who is ambitious, full of ideas and is going to chase opportunities and really give themselves 100 per cent to the role,” she said.
Ms Sullivan revealed that during an interview it’s the candidates ‘time to shine’ and show they’ve done their research and are interested in the company.
“The best interviews are when I can tell the person is really passionate about our brand and has a clear vision of what they want and where they want their career to go,” she said.
Passion vs experience:
When applying for any role, it’s important to consider the required technical skills unique to the position.
Ms Sullivan said while a solid ‘understanding of the social media landscape is essential’ for Model Co candidates, their passion for the industry can set them apart from other applicants.