A. In-house positions are competitive, particularly in a tighter market with fewer opportunities. It is important, therefore, that you put yourself in the best possible position when entering a recruitment process. Your CV is your primary selling tool. Make sure it is succinct, informative and demonstrates your suitability for the particular role you are seeking. Ensure the layout of your CV is clear and easy to follow and always proofread the document so there are no errors.
Thoroughly research the organisation and the industry in which it operates and get a good understanding of what the role entails by reviewing the job description. Try to get some background information on the people you will be meeting with through internet research.
At the interview, dress professionally. Be relaxed, confident and personable so you can build good rapport with your interviewers.
It is essential that you demonstrate a genuine interest in the particular role and organisation you are interviewing for and not just any in-house role. Provide examples of particular situations that demonstrate your suitability for the role, eg. secondment experience or matters which show your commerciality. Ask questions that show you have relevant industry knowledge and awareness of some of the issues facing the organisation.
- John Egerton, manager of corporate (NSW) at Mahlab Recruitment