Interview with BIA HR Recruitment Manager, Cristina Scarlatescu
The current context may have changed your perspective on a job. The time to find a job has really increased because the competition is higher than in other years, but it is not impossible to get a job.
Perhaps the biggest temptation is to hide behind the pandemic. “I can’t find a job because it’s a difficult context” or “I’m not looking for a job because it’s economic instability.”
Lack of motivation can be the beginning of a vicious cycle. “Looking for a job can be longer due to a lack of focus and drive”, writes Andrew Seaman, Senior Editor for Job Search & Careers at LinkedIn News, which also mentions the results of a study conducted by LinkedIn last fall.
Only 8% of respondents had just started their job search in the past month. About 45% of respondents said they’ve been looking for a new job for one to six months. A little more than a quarter — 27% — said they’ve been looking for work for six months to a year. 19% said they’ve been looking for more than a year.
But recruiters see things differently. In order to receive a positive response from the employer, your attitude towards the future job matters.
Cristina Scărlătescu, BIA HR Recruitment Manager, tells you how recruitment is seen from the perspective of the recruiter who analyzes your resume and how you can assert yourself even in a context that you may find more difficult to find a job.
Name the first steps I should take if I’m looking for a job
First of all, it is important to write your CV: to take the time to find a template that represents you, then to add real information about yourself and to pay attention to its form. It’s important that your resume looks beautiful and be easy to read, to be well arranged on the page, without grammatical or spelling mistakes, the text should be cursive and coherent.
Secondly, it is important to take time for the so-called self-assessment, during which time you will discover yourself as you are, with fears, desires and you will make an inventory of your skills, competencies, and certifications. You can also use personality tests that will be useful in drawing your professional direction.
I recommend you to create active accounts on job boards (eJobs, BestJobs, Hipo), but also on LinkedIn, where it is ideal to apply only to the right positions, not to any vacant position within a company, just to be in its database. To be in a company’s database, there is the official recruitment address you can use.
How can I prepare for the job interview?
As a recruiter prepares for the interview with a candidate (he reads the candidate’s resume, he searches for information about the companies where the candidate has worked) I consider that it’s also important for a candidate to prepare for the interview.
I appreciate the candidate who knows information about the position, and about the company to which he applied, and who has the skills to present his professional activity, emphasizing his professional objective. It is also important to prepare questions to ask the recruiter so that, after the interview, he has all the information he needs to make a decision.
Preparing for an interview also involves the emotional side. It’s normal to have emotions (the recruiters also have emotions at every interview because we always meet new people and new situations with them), but the candidates have to learn slowly – slowly to manage these emotions. It is okay for the recruiter to feel your emotions, they should not be completely hidden.
What are the recruiter’s expectations from me when I am looking for a job?
Expectations are clearly defined. Know for which job and for which company you came for the interview. Arrive on time for the interview and be presentable (not in slippers or shorts; not in a suit with a tie when it’s 40 degrees outside). Be fair and have a professional attitude.
How long do I have to wait until I get an answer after the interview?
It depends a lot on the complexity of the position and the recruitment process. There are times when we give candidates feedback right at the end of the interview, but there are times when feedback will be given even after a few weeks. In this situation, we announce to the candidates during the interview that the recruitment process will be long.
What should I do if the response is negative?
If the feedback is negative, it is important to move on. Understand that it may be much better for you to have a negative response from the recruiter or from the department manager who realized your mismatch with the job or team than to go through a similar experience a few weeks after hiring. Obviously, your desire is to get positive feedback on all the interviews you participate in, but not all jobs would suit you completely, and the recruiter or department manager knows very well which candidate suits the team.
If you receive negative feedback after several interviews with different employers, I recommend that you consider a discussion with a recruiting consultant you met in the interview to identify certain areas that you should improve.
10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW NOW ABOUT FINDING A JOB:
- Write your resume with relevant information about your professional experience and pay attention to its visual identity.
- Take time for a self-assessment so that you know what skills you can highlight in the interview, but also where you need to improve.
- Create professional accounts on job boards and make sure your resume is public.
- Prepare for the interview, by documenting the position, the company, by setting some questions to ask the recruiter.
- Learn to manage your emotions, but don’t hide them. The recruiter also has emotions.
- Be on time and presentable at the interview.
- Adopt a correct and professional attitude in the discussion with the recruiter.
- If you receive negative feedback, try to understand the motivation of the recruiter, you may not fit a certain team.
- Go on, your place is safe on another team.
- Ask for advice from the recruiter, he will be happy to offer you guidance so that you can improve your presence at the next interview.
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