Interview trends for 2016
Take a look back at your last interview and the chances are that if it was over a year ago, you’re already falling behind on the latest interview trends, such is the rate of change in hiring practices these days.
Nicola Field, our Senior Account Manager, said “In what is an incredibly busy and candidate driven market, employers are now finding that they need to adapt their interview process in order to secure the best talent in the market before their competitors do.”
It’s not to say past interview formats were incorrect, but companies are looking at new ways to make sure they attract the top talent. With this in mind, here are our highlights to make sure you’re up to date with the latest job seeking tips.
Brand your skill
It became the theme of 2015 and although some will be tired of hearing the words, your personal brand is an essential way to show off your skills. Justin Garrison survived his job hunt interviewing with the likes of Google, Twitter, Oculus VR and many more. However he highlights in his latest blog the importance of GitHub and LinkedIn. With most the companies finding him through these platforms it’s quite clear how powerful they are to a job seeker.
Creating a personal brand allows you to promote your strengths and target yourself towards the roles you are after. As an Understanding Recruitment Senior Resourcer, Jack Lawrence often comes across job seekers taking this approach. “It’s important to remember that your LinkedIn and GitHub profiles act as your spotlight; your chance to showcase your skills and experience to an extremely wide audience that in today’s market will often include your next potential employer.” You can build up your personal brand by creating strong profiles that are aligned to what you aim to be your future role. Jacks top tip is to really optimise “referrals from reputable professionals so when you’re future boss checks out your profile you have the support from past connections.”
Learn the micro skills within the company
We’ve all heard about researching the company before you go to an interview, but with technology moving so fast, you’ll often see multiple lists of technologies used by a company. These skills that might have been overlooked in previous interviews are becoming increasingly important when finding the right fit.
Eilish Murphy, an experienced Senior Resoucer at Understanding Recruitment, states that technology interviews have become a “two way street as it’s about the interviewer impressing the interviewee, but they must also impress the other way round”. The Business Insider continues to explain that both parties should “have the same goal, to figure out whether there’s a fit.” With the information now at job seekers fingertips it is no wonder the roles have evened out.
Eilish also adds that hiring managers should aim to “Be friendly, personable, sell the company culture, career development, and projects. Aim to make sure the candidate leaves with a positive impression. Spend good time with candidates and let them meet as many people in one interview as possible.” Past clients Eilish has worked with have used an innovative approach, allowing candidates to get involved with the teams for the morning after their interview. For this Start-up company it actually allowed them to hire an Oxford graduate as she was able to buy into the values of the company by seeing them in action.