As a contractor, I have interviewed hundreds of people, from unskilled to professionally registered people over the years. As a Consultant, I still receive CVs and job applications. The one thing that always stands out is personality. I’m not talking about a big personality, but rather a personality match. Recently a technician applied for a job at our company, to which I replied that we unfortunately had no vacancies. He then responded with a few choice curse words. His “big personality” potentially could close a few doors for him down the road. job seekers
MY LIFE STORY AND PERSONAL LESSONS LEARNT:
In 1995 a well-known construction company came to our University to have interviews with all 13, very eager, final year Civil Engineering students. Of course, everyone pitched up for the interview, hungry for the opportunity. My friend and I arrived looking like our typical student selves, dressed in shorts and T-shirts. Our fellow competitors dressed in their best suites with ties, and huge stacks of paper work and files under their arms… strangely only the two of us got the job.
One day while on site I asked one of the interviewers, why they picked us, as we were the least prepared. The answer was:” Those guys were suitable for Consulting Engineers, you are Contractors.” Years later I again went to interviews, but this time with Consulting Engineering firms. Every time I felt uncomfortable, underdressed and intimidated by the cold formal settings I did not get that job but I ended up getting another great job with another Construction Company, during an informal interview in a bar over a few beers.
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