4 Hiring trends Affecting the Data Industry Right Now
September 20th, 2021
The data, analytics and technology job market is extremely buoyant at the moment and these skillsets are in high demand. With this in mind candidates have the pick of top client roles however within this busy sector it can be hard to stand out within the interview process. Our framework for interview delivery will ensure you stand out, sell yourself as well as your technical skills, and showcase to your employer of choice that you are the person to help them deliver.
When the interviewer asks you to tell them a bit about yourself, do you tend to fall into a long monologue which starts with where you are at now and then delves into a running commentary on your cv/resume? Next time someone asks you this in the context of an interview setting (whether that be a first telephone or video interview or further into the process) lead with your destination. Lead with what you are trying to accomplish by taking the interview, think about why you really want to work as a developer, analyst, project manager etc for that company because if you really know where you want to get to and what excites you, that will be a much easier sell and a more attractive proposition for the interviewer to want to progress you to the next stage. Spend time thinking about this before you apply for a role or progress to interview stage. Say for example you are going for a project managers position but you are transitioning from software development an example “leading with the destination” conversation opener might be: Hi, really nice to meet you. I’ve been developing software for the past 5 years and I’ve had some great results. Alongside that I’ve been successfully managing projects during our quarterly hackathons and sprints and what I really want to do now is project manage full time and I think I would be a great candidate for this role you have in the xyz team. This tells the interviewer briefly about your main role in software development, however the main focus is firmly set on project management.
Tip two centres on your background or rather your backstory. What is the difference? The difference is that when you choose your backstory you are the author and you choose which bits of your background you want to express to the interviewer. Shifting the focus slightly in this way means you can describe yourself in the context of your final destination – remember the project manager/software developer example. You may be going from one project managers job to another, that’s great, then you can talk about your skills in this area, however, if you are switching the trajectory of your career path then you can talk about your transferable skills based on the destination you want to get to. Remember it’s not what is recent that matters it is what it relevant.
Tip three is to pull everything together. You need to connect what you’ve done in the past, what you’re driving to in the future and how it all relates and comes together. This is where the skill lies and when done effectively helps the interviewer believe your story and buy into you: this is what really sets you apart from other candidates who deliver their cv/resume in spoken form. By doing this effectively you are able to convince the hiring manager that you are the person who will help them drive their venture forward, even if you are not currently doing that exact role. You decide where you want to be, understand how you and your skill set fit into that and connect everything together.
In summary, this is something that takes practice and a bit of initial effort up front. Think about, what does my audience care about? What do I want to get out of the conversation and what shall I choose to focus on in order to drive that forward. The framework will help you deliver but the content needs to change for each delivery.