This might seem like an odd choice for a blog post, but let us explain.
Aside from being a big bunch of food fanatics, Menulog is also an innovative and thriving company — we’re building a multinational brand, and growth (along with happy customers) is the aim of the game.
And this got us thinking about the (uncomfortable but unavoidable) job interview. So we talked to the Menulog team and had everyone contribute their tips to help you along your job hunting journey. Here are the top 5, as voted by the best in the game:
1. Customise Your Cover Letter
The first thing your potential employer will read, your cover letter is a great opportunity to put your best foot forward. This means:
- Highlighting what attracts you to the company
- Succinctly listing your skills as they relate to the open position, reinforcing why you’re a good fit for the role
- Addressing the letter to the person posting the position (if it’s not apparent, then research their Head of HR or the person heading up the department you’ll be working in)
- Check, double-check, triple-check your spelling and grammar. Believe it or not, this can be a make or break when it comes to candidate consideration.
2. Do Your Due Diligence
Once you’ve secured the interview it’s all about research, research and more research. Consider focusing on:
- The company’s competitive space
- Any news the company has been mentioned in within the past 6-12 months, including any major leadership changes
- Stalk their website and social channels, to get an idea of culture and how the company positions itself
- Research the job spec, and be ready to connect your experience with the job responsibilities of the role you’re interviewing for
- Know the interviewer’s professional background, including how long they’ve been at the company and their trajectory before arriving at their current position (this obviously won’t be relevant if you’re first being vetted by an HR person)
3. Come Armed with Questions
Interviews are a two-way street, and asking thoughtful questions not only shows that you prepared for the interview, but that you’re also serious about the role. We recommend asking a mixture of questions relating to the broader company, as well as specific questions pertaining to the role itself. Sample questions might include:
- Can you describe the company culture?
- Can you show me examples of projects I’d be working on?
- What are the most immediate projects that I’d be working on?
- What are the skills and experiences you’re looking for in an ideal candidate?
- What are the biggest challenges that someone in this position would face?
- Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with?
- Who will I work with most closely? What attributes does someone need to have in order to be really successful in this position?
- What does success look like in this position, and what metrics or goals will my performance be evaluated against?
- Is there anything that concerns you about my background being a fit for this role?
Oh, and take a notepad and pen. Because your memory can only store so much information, but also because this signals that you’re genuinely interested in learning more about the role.
4. Don’t Lie. Duh.
The internet knows most things, and employers check. So don’t fabricate your experience or your skills. The end.
Be sure to send a follow-up note to the interviewer within 24 hours:
- Thank them for taking the time to meet or chat
- Let them know you enjoyed hearing about the role (add in a couple of specifics here, if you can), and that you’re excited to learn more
- Indicate that you’re looking forward to hearing next steps
So that’s our top 5, but be sure to check out The Muse for more great interview tips!
And thank-you for coming to our TED talk 🙂
PS Get through all that research with an excellent meal delivered right to your front door.