2. A Passion for the Role
You could be the most qualified person for miles based on your CV, but if your potential employer doesn’t see that you’re passionate about the role and the industry you’re in, then your chances of being hired can decrease.
We’re not saying, by any means, that you have to attend your interview with pompoms and a megaphone yelling about how you’ve ‘got team spirit!’, but focusing on being enthusiastic while not appearing overeager is important.
While it’s great to be excited about a job opportunity, avoid allowing that excitement to let you ramble through your interview. It’s likely that your interviewer only has so much time to speak with you, so take their lead and listen and respond carefully to questions, leaving room for further discussion.
The best way to show your passion, though, is to be authentic. Be open and honest, and let the interviewer get to know you. The last thing you want to do is put on an act because that won’t bring you long-term success.
If you’re genuinely passionate about an opportunity, that passion will shine through when you’re speaking with an interviewer. So yes, we really are telling you to ‘just be yourself’!
3. Seeing You as Cultural Fit
When an employer is looking at top candidates for hire, they’re most definitely looking at which candidate would be the best cultural fit for their company.
Since every organisation is different, employers will often articulate to you the values, norms, and practises that define their business, and decide on whether you fit in with the core values and culture of their organisation.
It seems straightforward, but it’s important to understand that cultural-fit hiring doesn’t mean hiring people who are all the same; a good company culture will reflect a diverse workforce.
For an employer to see you as a cultural fit, they will evaluate whether you:
- Understand the company’s culture and core values
- Have a passion for the industry, and not just employment in general
- Will work well and fit with current employees
A hiring manager will know better than you will whether you’ll mesh well with their business culture and team, so be honest and showcase your personality to find your best fit.