Pitching Lessons from the Apprentice – Going Beyond the CV
When it comes to your job seeker application, the CV is just the beginning. If you are meeting with a recruiter or the hiring manager, this is the time you need to prove your value and worth. Webrecruit looks at some of the apprentice candidates, and explores what you need to consider before showing the person outside of your resume.
Leave any arrogance at the door. You need to be confident in your answers, but being big headed is not an attractive trait to someone you could be working with.
Make sure you’re talking sense, and there is a valid purpose to what you are saying. Don’t just come out with words and phrases for the sake of it, you are there to make a point.
Listen to others. Talking over people, and ignoring the suggestions and questions individuals may be asking will disregard the focus of the interview.
Show your passion, and engage the hiring manager. Giving off a lack of enthusiasm can be identified from a mile off, so ensure you come across motivated and eager.
Be prepared – babbling down the phone to a recruiter or in your interview gives the impression you didn’t do a lot before hand to prepare make the most of the opportunity.
Take your interview seriously, and dress appropriately. Make sure you are dressed in the right attire, avoiding casual or inappropriate clothing.
Be honest – let your personality shine through. You can be an admirable candidate by admitting when things have gone wrong, and at the end of the day you are only human.
Think outside the box, but stay relevant. Don’t go crazy, remember exactly what the hiring manager is looking for and use this as a direction for your conversation.