Jobs24 interviewed the Group Recruitment Manager of a national publishing company to find out what she looks for when hiring new employees.
What would you look for in a good quality CV?
It’s less a case of what I am looking for and more a case of what I don’t want to see. CV’s come in a range of styles and formats, unfortunately its easy for a good quality CV to be let down by minor, avoidable mistakes. One of my biggest bug bears is a poor use of spelling and grammar. If you’re not sure of your literary skills get someone else to proof your CV for you. In addition, be careful to not use shorthand or text language to save space as it makes you look unprofessional.
Another mistake applicants often make is including a picture with their CV which is unsuitable for the company or job role. It is better to remain anonymous on your application. Similarly understand and plan the impression you wish to make on a company. Take time to personalise you CV, and make sure you portray a professional character. You may have enjoyed your email ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ when you created it, but it is unsuitable for a working environment.
How would you like applicants to respond to an interview offer?
Promptly and preferably within the companies working hours. If you are interested in an offered position let the recruitment team know immediately, as it will be easier for them to organise interview dates. Similarly if you decided you no longer wish to apply for the position inform the company. You may want to apply again in the future so it’s best to maintain a positive relationship.
On the other hand, don’t bombard your contact with emails, although it’s important to respond, there is a point when a keen attitude can turn into desperation.
Send a thank you! After an interview send a thank you to your recruitment contact, it will give the impression that you’re keen to work with the company, and it’s polite.
What is the next stage after an interview session?
Often an employer will have a second stage interview process to test their applicants. For example, we run psychometric tests to examine our applicant’s personalities and work ethic. It is important to remember that these tests are part of the application process, so don’t rush them and treat the process seriously.
For more information on psychometric testing view the Jobs24 blog post: Psychometric testing- what you need to know.