How to get hired in Localization

You’ve got the interview! Cool! What Next?

I’ve interviewed thousands of people for jobs in many different roles.

What’s the difference between the ones that get hired and the ones that don’t?

It’s amazing how many bad interviews I’ve had to sit through and eventually send out the sorry but thank you letter.

It’s very easy to say – “but I was perfect for that job” – and you know what; sometimes you might be right. However you have to be able to show that in the interview. Interviews are more than just answering questions. You have to work to get hired. Just turning up for interview isn’t good enough anymore.

At the end of the day the employer wants someone to do a job for them. Now -do you really understand what that job is? Really? Do you?

From my 30 years experience in hiring people here’s my advice to getting hired 1st time.  This will certainly get you ahead of the game.

Do Your Homework

  1. Read the Job Specification.
  2. Ask appropriate questions about the company.
  3. Ask appropriate questions about the job.
  4. Show some initiative.

What Employers Are Looking For

Here’s what employers are looking for from you.

  1. Clear communication.
  2. Learning ability and Coachability.
  3. Can you follow orders.
  4. Work ethic and previous successes.
  5. Intelligence.

Ready to Delve Deeper?

OK so lets drill into those points and learn the secrets to standing out in your interview.

Do Your Homework

Based on the thousands on interviews I’ve done here are the areas that distinguish the good candidates from the bad ones.

1. Read the Job Specification.

I’ve done many interviews where the candidate clearly hadn’t read the job specification. I’ve seen this so often that this now one of the first questions I ask people about. I’ll ask you something like explain what the role entails or what are we looking for.

I’ve encountered interviewees who say in interviews, “Oh I thought you where looking for someone with xxx”.  If there is a skill-set mentioned in the job specification you should be able to speak about it.

Think about this from the employers point of view for a second. We have someone who wants to work for us who was too busy to read the job spec. would you hire them? The very first day on the job you will be handed a list of things to do.

If you’re not bothered to read the job details correctly how can I trust you to read or follow any instructions we give you?

2. Ask appropriate questions about the company.

All job interviewers will always ask – “Do you have any questions?” at some stage.  Don’t ask stupid questions. Before attending any interview you should be reading the companies website and learning a little bit about what the do. Look at their news section, social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Etc), culture page etc.

Ask questions that show you have an interest in the company – and know something about them.

For example – “I saw you on your newsfeed you just opened an office in Copenhagen” – “Why was this?” Or “Is this related to xxx”.

You might even see something like – “I saw on your job pages your hiring a lot of people in the area of SEO. Are you looking at targeting new markets?”. if you have ideas, skills or an interest in that area then talk about it.

3. Ask appropriate questions about the job.

If you’ve read the job spec correctly you should know all the basics like the pay, what the basic job role is, who you report to etc.

You need to ask questions that show you understand the job, but want to know more about specific areas.

These could be questions about the role, or the actual tasks involved.

For example – Could you tell me a bit more about the actual daily tasks. I understand I’ll be helping the company by doing X, but what type of daily tasks doe that involve.

If there are KPI’s mentioned you could ask – could you explain some of them to me. How do I get measured and How can I directly influence those KPI’s?

Remember to ask questions that help the employer. Employers are looking to hire people to perform specific tasks to help the company grow.

If you’ve done your homework on the company you might ask – is this job related to project X that I read about on your website? Will I be contributing to that? Try to understand why the employer wants to hire someone for this role. What is the reason they need a new person – and how can you help them achieve that goal.

4. Show some initiative.

Finally show some initiative. Everyone can read the job specification and website and come up with some smart questions. How can you show you’ve done some real homework on the company?

For example if its a software company – have you even looked at their products? Download some trials or look at some videos about it on YouTube. Share what you’ve learned. Imagine what an employer might think if you said “I was looking at your system the other day and noticed that ….”, “Is that something we might get to work with?”

You need to show you can do hard work, drill into details and implement them if required.

What Employers Are Looking For

How interviews are run…

The questions you are asked during an interview are only part of the interview process. Questions tell the employer if you are knowledgeable about certain topics. They don’t tell the employer if you’re a good worker or not. So how do they find out?

They read between the lines…

During the interview employers will be looking at how you react and how you answer questions; everything from how you think to how you try to problem solve.

The Top 5 Things Employers Look For in Interviews.

You need to be able to show the following in any successful interview.

  1. Clear communication.
  2. Learning ability and Coachability.
  3. Can you follow orders.
  4. Work ethic and previous successes.
  5. Intelligence.

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