It’s often a photo finish
WRITTEN BY: Michelle White
Does the best person for the job always get the job? – Yes but it might not be as simple as it looks …
I had a long conversation with a client who was devastated as a particular role he applied for was not offered to him. He was convinced he was “the best man for the job” and felt “I could do the job blindfolded.” A few weeks later he happened to see who was appointed to the position and was really puzzled. The successful candidate did not fit the job description initially advertised and was way less experienced than was asked for.
It could be quite gut wrenching to get to the end of the selection process, only to find another candidate had been chosen. Your instinct is to look at the advert or the job description and wonder why you had not been the preferred candidate as you obviously match the requirements and are able to do the job.
On paper you very well could have been the ideal for the role … however…
Initially your skills, experience and sometimes qualifications serve as the first line of shortlist. Your resume illustrates how you have developed your skills and gives insight into the depth of your knowledge and competency.
In the initial interview, your ability to “do the job” and suitability for the role, the hiring team has in mind, is assessed. Your particular skillset required for that role is investigated and the value your expertise can bring to the company identified.
Careful consideration is given to your expectations which could include blue sky, growth and developmenttimeframes as well as remuneration package.The team, if applicable, spend time with you to ensure common ground and compatibility. Your referees are often contacted to endorse your skills and deliver examples of performance to differentiateyou from others.