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Interview Tips from a Managing Director

I sat down with the owner and manager of Global Edulink, so you can get the inside scoop on interview etiquette and how to write an impressive CV. Rushan has years of experience in business management, so pay close attention, and prepare to impress at your next interview with this expert advice.

What question do you always ask people during a job interview?

I always want to know if someone is currently employed and why they are leaving their job, as this gives me a good idea of their motivation for wanting to join our company. I want to make sure that they aren’t in the interview because they have to be, but because they want to be, so try and show the interviewer that you really want to be there.

Another question I always ask is, “what do you know about our company and what it does”, as this is a quick way to test how much preparation a candidate has done for the interview. I want to employ people who are able to use initiative, and if I know someone has taken the time to research the company and what we do then I am able to take them seriously as a candidate.

What qualities do you look for in a new candidate?

It is obviously very important that candidates are on time for the interview, and are organised. So if I have asked them to bring anything I expect them to have these things ready. I also look for candidates who are dressed neatly and in appropriate clothing, such as a suit. These things might seem trivial, but they instantly tell you how organised, dedicated and disciplined someone is, and how seriously they are taking the opportunity to join our company.

The key qualities that I want to see from a candidate are self-confidence, self-motivation, and a positive attitude. So I like to know if a candidate has hobbies, interests, things they are doing outside of work to further their career.

Should candidates always ask a question at the end of an interview?

Yes, it is incredibly important to ask a question at the end of the interview, especially about the job or company. I do analyse candidates based on the question they ask me, and for me it is a way to measure their knowledge, attitude and intentions.

What would make you keep reading a CV?

Relevant work experience is key, especially if they mention specifics, how they’ve helped the company grow, and how they fulfil their role.

I also like to see education and relevant qualifications, as it shows that you are trying to improve yourself and broaden your knowledge.

It is very important that a candidate does things outside of work, like volunteering, teaching, mentoring, as this shows leadership and initiative.

I also appreciate a candidate who tells you what their career goals are on their CV, as I want to see their drive and ambition.

What would make you discard a CV?

If it’s unorganised. I get sent hundreds of CVs, so I can’t dedicate a lot of time to each one, and if it’s difficult to read it will make me discard it. Candidates should make their CV easy to read, and clear.

Always include a covering letter. I will not consider a CV if it does not have a covering letter with it.

If a CV is carelessly put together and is filled with mistakes in grammar and spelling I won’t read on.

Lastly, if a CV is too long it will not get read, as recruiters don’t have the time to sift through a lot of information, so include key points. I like a CV to be a maximum of two pages and no more.

What advice would you give to someone going for an interview?

Do lots of preparation. Practice with your family, research possible questions, and formulate answers. The more practice you have, the better you’ll be at something, and interview are no exception. Giving a good interview is a skill, so make sure you do the preparation beforehand.

Research is absolutely paramount. If you turn up to an interview and know nothing about the company, you simply won’t be taken seriously. Find out about the company. What are its aims? What is it trying to achieve? The more you know, the better you’ll come across. In addition, try and find out about the nature of your specific job role.

There are the obvious things like don’t be late, dress appropriately, be organised, and remain professional. You should take these things very seriously, as if you get these small things wrong, it can cost you a job.

Lastly I would say, don’t feel that every answer has to be very long winded. Sometimes people feel that they have to provide very long and detailed answers, but this is not necessarily the case. It’s better to be to the point, and include all the vital information. If your interviewer is bored stiff by what you’re saying, they won’t listen to you, so keep your answers brief, to the point, and accurate.

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November 24, 2017

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