At the end of last year, I was encouraged to apply for a role. Let's be clear, I'm happy with my current portfolio of work and didn't see this role as part of my career, however I come from a place of recognising that our areas of focus change and on paper, I met the criteria. It's a role that I was considering doing in the future so out of curiosity more than anything else I began the process.
The application process was relatively simple. Evidence that you meet the criteria, submit a short bio with photo and complete and sign a few forms. So far, no major drama, however many people fall down even at this stage - reasons may include filling in forms incorrectly or saying too much or too little in their bios (more often than not it is the former)
For the most part, the application process was clear. If invited to interview, two possible dates were published in ample time, and candidates were given the chance to advise which would be a better date for them. When invited to interview, we were asked to answer and submit ahead of time a list of questions that would form the basis of the interview. We knew it would be a 30 minute panel interview and a presentation + Q&A.
Why am I sharing this with you? In the last 15 years, I can count on one hand how many interviews I have been to and yet I have interviewed well over 1000 people.
The application/interview/presentation process is a skill in itself and needs practice also. As individuals, we don't put ourselves in these situations enough or prepare our career moves ahead of time. Often, we let circumstances rule and when in interview situations, we may start on a back foot for lack of practice.
Some key tips/reminders on applications & interviews
Written by Rupa Datta
Lead Agent Portfolio People