My friend Nico is the young owner of DABLEND, which is the friendliest Hostel in Ho Chi Minh to me ! And where Nico is now looking for an assistant.
This morning, his first interviewee just came, sit and litterally said:
Don’t talk about what YOU want, but what the company want from you.
– I want a first job experience.
Even though all these could be true and sign of motivation, ask yourself: What do you have to give in exchange ? This is actually pretty tough when our resulme is empty, and we have not yet built confidence. The good news is that, you don’t have to be the best to be hired.
Let’s digg a bit more.
When the interviewee ask you Why you want to join them –
so you will rise your chance to give him the “right answer”.
A. How to become “THE ONE”.
To overcome candidates who have better skills than you, don’t play the game of who has the most beautiful portfolio or “longest” resume.
If you think twice,
it actually doesn’t matter that much.
Instead, look for creating LINKS. It is like dating. It doesn’t matter if you are the richest, the funniest or the most beautiful candidate in town. You want to highlight a connection, something you have in common. So you both will feel irresistibly closer.
If you are the best at something and there is nothing much in common, you may end in the “friendzone”. ; )
B. Ask question. Be curious.
Once again, do not start with questions such as money, or number of days of holidays. But question that allows both of you to better project your role career and success there.
You are looking for a job you will be happy to perform with. Make sure both of you love the job first, then talk about the “details” later. If you can “bloom” in the company, the company will bloom as well.
Did you notice something interesting in that sentence ? YOU also want to make sure the company is also the right fit for YOU.
Ask question toward this direction such as the type of project they do, and how exciting they feel working on these projects and so on.
Feel free to show your excitement. (No need to jump everytwhere hehe.)
In your questions, try do not add any doubts in your questions, such as What if I don’t like a project, or Do you have tight deadlines as I can’t work under pressure…
What will be my role in the project ?
How can I help you in the creative process ?
The mindset you need to have is that YOU are the opportunity. And that your meeting is a Magic moment where both of you connect ! And that both parties should do their best to fusion and work together.
You target is to make both parties enthusiast at the end of the interview, that you guys can’t wait to meet up again and start !
These techniques are applicable if you apply for a company you feel passionate for. You don’t have to be perfect as long ad you are sincere and authentic. 🙂
And make sure to download the Designer Starter Kit to make your first steps in Design Sketching :).Cheers,
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