I don’t know if you remember, but before the internet boom and online CV’s, people used to come to companies with their printed CV’s and look for the job. It wasn’t such a long time ago.
And usually, people used to recommend their friends and family members for the job. Before, you used to get a job in a company in your hometown and work there for years. You’ve had a worker that has been working for you for a decade or two. Labor market wasn’t as fluid and internationalized as it is now.
Now, people are used to move a lot because of the job since everything is much easier. Sometimes, whole families are moving if just one family member got a job in another town, or even another country (or a continent). Crazy, right?
Recommendation from someone
Because of that diversity, it has gotten harder to just get a recommendation from someone somewhere. People are doing job interviews through Skype, getting questioned by people whom they never encountered and people that saw just on social networks maybe.
You know, when you get a mail from a PR manager of a company that wants to have a job interview with you. And you instantly type his or her name on Facebook in order to find her and see how the person looks like. If the profile isn’t locked, you are able to see what they post as well and in that way, you can see what kind of a person they are.
When you think about it in that way, it sounds waaay messed up.
I don’t think everyone is aware of the social media influence on all the people, especially ourselves.
Social media in recruitment process
The latest surveys have shown that more and more companies are evaluating the candidates for the job considering their social media data. According to the posts, they are able to see what kind of a person you are, your social status, as well as your points of interest outside the workplace. Though it is not all black and white, and it is not the most approximate way of getting the right data according to the book Using social media in the recruitment process.
Employers must ensure that information from individual social media profiles does not detract from securing top talent. As over half of candidates report editing their own profiles to appeal to a potential employer – such as altering visibility settings and removing photos or other information – investing in the research may prove to be a fruitless exercise.
Anyways, social media could help you get to the job interview, but what is it that helps in actually getting the job in the whole job interviewing process. Well, there are 4 things Casper Ravn-Sørensen would point out.
- Stay curious
Where does water come from? What is infinity? Why is the sky blue and not green?
Those are the most common question children would pose to their parents. Children are the most curious human beings. Always discovering the world, the universe and everything they see or cannot see around them. Do we as adults lose it when we grow up?
Well some individuals definitely not. And those individuals should be the persons to hire. And why is that, you may ask. Isn’t it the GPA or the seminars and courses the person has been to. The CV and motivational letter. Yes, of course, those stuff as well. But what matters the most is actually a high dose of curiosity in a person. It’s not just children that are curious and eager to know the answers to all of the questions. If you give the assignment to an average worker, he/she will finish it as soon as possible.
A curious individual is, however, going to ask you and himself, why he is doing that and are there more ways in getting it done. Maybe a slower method with a high chance of discovering new things or a faster way to solve a problem simply by working smarter. Hiring a curious individual could also help you in finding new and interesting ways for team building but also in the innovation of the working environment. Curious workers tend to get tired of monotonous jobs and they easily get bored if they don’t get to learn something new all the time. In that way they are to enhance working spirit and collaboration between colleagues.
How are you to find a curious individual?
Simply by asking some of the following questions:
- Did you learn anything new in the past six months and what was the result?
- What skill do you think you are missing or could work more upon?
- Consider giving them a certain task to complete.
- Ask them whether they have questions for you.
In this way you can, more or less see whether the person you are interviewing is curious enough and you should strive for making all of your co-workers and colleagues get along together for the sake of the healthy working environment.
- Being teachable
What does it mean in practice?
Well, there are a lot of people who have the entrepreneurial spirit in them. They are self-confident, aware of them and persons around them, they are certain that they are doing the right thing. In every moment. They are constantly striving for more. But the vast majority of people that bear that entrepreneurial spirit are actually the ones that aren’t exactly teachable. Or, to maybe express myself better, coachable.
It means that they are so self-righteous sometimes that it makes it hard for them and people that surround them, to tell them something new and something they maybe didn’t know. Of course, it is something one gets to work on.
The ability to be coachable means in fact, that you should be able to accept your probable mistakes. That you are free to say that you didn’t know anything since you didn’t read it, and weren’t informed. That you are able to put yourself in the same level with other people, even though you sometimes are level-up because of the size of your ideas.
It is a part of your DNA to be eager to learn everything but maybe when it comes to people showing you something you weren’t aware of, you should become more open to suggestions.
Mentoring a young entrepreneur
Casper Ravn-Sørensen could help in mentoring you, but you should, as already said, open up to various suggestions even if they don’t look like your original idea. With this collaboration something new can be created, and your idea could be enhanced and taken to the next level.
The best part of being an investor is that you get to mentor great minds. There are so many talented entrepreneurs that have a huge potential. It’s great to talk to so many people that are passionate about their ideas or projects. These people usually know how to scale things with the right network, knowledge and capital. I am very involved when I feel that the entrepreneur really feels its project, has a strong concept and a committed team – this is when my full attention is captured.
So, one of the main things is that an individual should be comfortable acknowledging his ignorance, and have enough flexibility, agility and resilience enrolling working issues.
- Emotional intelligence
It is important for an entrepreneur and his co-workers to have a high emotional intelligence. They are enrolled in many important tasks and should be able to communicate with a lot of different people. That is why here are some advises on how to spot an emotionally intelligent person:
- They are a good judge of character
- They embrace change and are curious of new things
- Letting go of mistakes is one of their crucial traits
- They neutralize toxic people
- And avoid negative self talk
You can find an article on emotional intelligence here and read more about it.
- And last, but not the least – humility
This is the common feature of almost all self-aware persons. Being able to exclude yourself from some of the occasions and not let your selfishness distract you in the work being done. This feature is somehow encompassing the three above mentioned qualities. In order to use your curiosity and the ability to be coached in the right way, you should be emotionally intelligent enough to have a humility to pass that knowledge on to all of the people, not to get offended or frustrated if someone is asking a lot of questions, and not to think too much of yourself. In that way, if you are working hard on all these traits, you will be able to make the best out of any project you enroll in, and you will be able to find co-workers that are worth collaborating with.