This week Stan (http://branddna NULL.blogspot NULL.com) explains that the key to landing a job may not be what’s in your folio.
I was at a lunch recently with the head of HR for a large accounting firm. We got to talking about companies and their culture.
He told me that they had close to a 500 people apply for their most recent graduate intake program. And of that 500 he had hired just 5.
So I asked him what set that handful of people apart.
He told me that every single applicant was qualified to do the job. But what he was looking for was someone who would fit into the culture of the company.
This is pretty common practice apparently.
I do it too. I just didn’t realise.
In fact I have never hired someone purely on their work, reputation or awards. I hire them because they are going to slot neatly into the culture I have created.
Of course it goes without saying that a great body of work or ideas is important. But like the HR Director, I too look for people who fit the culture rather than those who simply tick the boxes.
So before you go to your next interview, or show your work to someone, keep in mind that what you say, how you act and how you come across is every bit as important as your work itself.Tweet