What companies are looking for in a new hire
We get it, looking for a new job is stressful.
I’m not here to tell you that it’s going to be easy, but as a Talent Acquisition professional, I can give you some tips that may make your experience a bit more pleasant. When it comes down to it, companies share similar expectations when looking for a new hire. It comes down to capabilities: do you have the ability to do the job? Are you qualified for it and do you have transferable skills? Do you share the company’s values? Here at Start.ca we really pride ourselves on our core values. Lastly, it’s what employers call, “culture fit” but I like to call it, “culture add”. More or less, do you contribute to the company’s culture? Understanding these criteria will allow you to be more prepared when writing your resume, cover letter, and/or application. Use these application materials to showcase how and why you’re the perfect person for the job based on these criteria.
Map your career path
Companies like Start.ca look for employees who know where they want to go professionally and what they want to accomplish along the way. Your time with an employer might only be a stepping-stone in your career, or, your role might be a long-term working relationship. Either way, an employer wants to see that you are moving forward in a planned, thoughtful way, and that you’re eager to learn new skills.
Tell your success story
Has a prospective employer ever asked, “why should we hire you?” You have 30 seconds to convince the room that you’re the best person for the job. How do you do it? Know that now is not the time to be modest, but to identify your personal and professional successes with confidence. Like Rihanna said “shine bright like a diamond”. Tell us how you overcame a challenging problem and came out on top. How about that huge project you worked on that saved the company money or brought in money. Tell us about the newest addition to your family, baby or pet. Either way, we want to hear about what makes you, you!
There’s no “I” in team
Employers want employees who build collaborative relationships and pride themselves on teamwork. Instead of saying “I accomplished this” try referencing a time when you worked within a team to achieve a common goal. When it comes down to it, highlighting your ability to develop strong professional relationships shows your prospective employer that you’re someone they would want to work with.
Asking how you handled a difficult situation in the past is a common interview question. Did you miss an important deadline at your last job? Admit your mistake and talk about how you fixed the situation and what you learned from it. Taking responsibility when something goes wrong and being accountable is vital to your career success. Integrity is also important, so if you’ve said you’ll do something, make sure you follow through with it.
Working at Start.ca
Start.ca is renowned for its remarkable employee-centric culture as well as its earnest dedication to providing employees with personal and professional growth opportunities. We take pride in the fact that our employees and our customers are the heartbeat of the company. We thrive in an environment that promotes respect, empowerment, and passion, all while having fun 🙂
Our culture is a reflection of our core values: friendly, honest, reliable, smart, forward and involved, and living by these values helps strengthen that culture on a daily basis. Do you share these values and think you might be interested in working at Start.ca? Check out our careers page for our current opportunities.
Talent Acquisition Specialist