Posts Tagged :

Specialisation

Great Interview experience
5 Ways to Create a Great Interview Experience 960 540 nbempong

5 Ways to Create a Great Interview Experience

5 Ways to Create a Great Interview Experience 

The market for employees is more competitive. Every contact you make with a candidate is an opportunity to make a good impression. It amazes me that most companies realise this and yet still revert to the old way of thinking. Do not focusing on the “why should I give you this job” mindset. Make sure you consider the “these are the reasons you should work for us” part of things. Here are a few simple steps you can take to improve the interview experience. This will help you stand out to the best candidates. 

1. Be on time 

You don’t like it when a candidate is late. It isn’t a great sign of things to come unless they have a great reason. It is the same for candidates. If an employer is late for an interview and doesn’t even bother to give a reason that is a red flag. People don’t suddenly respect you or value your time more when you work for them. It’s usually the opposite. Send a good signal by being on time yourself. If you do end up late, be sure to apologise and explain why. 

2. Have the interview in a good environment 

A good environment doesn’t have to be luxurious. It should not have people walking by within earshot. Nobody wants strangers casually listening in on their interview. It should be clean. Try not to have an interview in the comms room or any place filled with spare equipment. It gives the impression of being disorganised. It may also lead the candidate to think that you couldn’t be bothered to arrange a meeting room.   

3. Try to help the candidate relax 

I often get feedback from candidates. One of the most common compliments they give interviewers is that they were nice and helped them relax. The best interviews usually produce a response like “it felt more like a chat with a friend…”. It helps to reassure the candidate at the start. Striking up a conversation and being at ease yourself can help. Unless you are specifically testing for responses under stress, you’ll get more from a candidate once you’ve helped to settle early nerves.  

4. Don’t bring in 2 or 3 extra interviewers at the last minute 

Maybe you planned to conduct the interview yourself. A member of your team is now available, so you decide to get them to sit-in. That is fine. If you decide to bring in a few members of your team and a director or manager, then you’re pushing it. It’s fine to have multiple people in an interview. Normally the candidate would be informed of this beforehand. If you don’t let them know and spring it on them, it can affect performance. Without prior warning to allow candidates to prepare, those extra people can be distracting.    

5. At the end of the interview give them an honest idea of when they’ll get feedback 

It’s nice to give the candidate an idea of what to expect after the interview. Sometimes you can’t say whether the candidate will make the next step. You should at least be able to say when they can expect some feedback. You can provide feedback and explain why you can’t give a decision yet. Try not to take too long because good candidates do not stay available for long. You may be a preferred option, but a solid offer trumps a potential one. If you know you won’t be hiring the candidate then be kind and give quick feedback so they can move on.    

Conclusion

Creating a good experience promotes your company. It is a great way to build good will and to impress future employees. A great experience can swing things in your favour when offers are the same. It might even push a candidate to accept your offer even if it’s lower. More and more people are prioritising quality of life over salary. You spend so much of your life at work this makes sense. Use the interview process as another tool in your belt to showcase your company’s strengths  

If you would like to discuss this further or have questions related to IT Recruitment in London contact us on hello@sapientrecruitment.co.uk. You can also call 020 7566 1199 or visit our site and arrange a call-back www.sapientrecruitment.co.uk/contact  

3 things to consider when specialising 960 540 nbempong

3 things to consider when specialising

3 things to consider when specialising

In life there is the tendency to try to do more to give yourself a greater chance of success. Conventional wisdom states that if you have more varied skills, more certifications, more exposure to different technologies you’ll increase your chances of landing that dream job. The reality doesn’t usually follow that formula. There are a few reasons why concentrating your efforts can provide you a better result than spreading yourself thin.  

The next step from generalist is a specialist 

You may spend the first part of your career as a generalist. You’ll hit a point where if you want to increase your demand you will need to specialise. There are lots of people with a surface knowledge of most technologies. There aren’t that many that have deep and extensive knowledge in a technology. When you become one of the few, you can demand better compensation and you’re more in demand. You need to make sure you choose wisely to avoid being specialist in a field that is obsolete. 

You get to focus on what you enjoy 

Some people will select an area they feel is in demand and can command high salaries. Infosec is currently one of those areas (see link). Others will select areas that they enjoy working in. A real interest in a technology makes it easier for you to master. You are happier studying and building labs in your spare time. Without some real motivation it’s difficult to put in the effort required to master a technology well enough to be considered a specialist. I would argue there are few things in life that beat being paid for something that you’d happily do in your spare time.  

You can accidentally become a specialist 

If you don’t choose an area to specialise in, you can accidentally end up in one. A few years back, I took on a project to roll out McAfee EPO to a client and configure all end points. In my next role I was brought in to work on a few things, it turned out one of those was a rollout of McAfee. They thought I’d be great for that while working other things. I got a lot of offers for roles involving McAfee after that and if I did not have a strong preference, I might have ended up moving from one McAfee-heavy roll to another. One day I’d wake up and my experience would make me a McAfee/AV specialist and it would be harder to move out of that pigeonhole.  

Conclusion 

There’s truth in the saying that after a point, you either specialise or go into management (a whole different can of worms). You can decide to do neither but that is also a choice. You became a generalist. A different kind of specialisation. You’re more likely to succeed in getting somewhere if you know where you’re going. There’s nothing wrong with going with the flow. Early in your career it’s a smart move. Later, you should decide what you want to do and put an effort into achieving that goal. You can also decide to see where fate takes you. Just know that whatever you do is a decision. You might find yourself regretting the decision based on where you end up.     

If you would like to discuss this further or have questions related to IT Recruitment in London contact us on hello@sapientrecruitment.co.uk. You can also call 020 7566 1199 or visit our site and arrange a call-back www.sapientrecruitment.co.uk/contact