How to Get Into the Mind of an Organisation and Ace Your Next Interview

By Kinexus on 29 November 2018

One of the scariest things about interviews is not knowing the company’s intentions.

Whilst it’s never possible to know exactly what they are thinking, it can be helpful to put yourself in the shoes of the organisation.

Here are some things that almost every Defence Industry organisation is thinking during the hiring process.

Hiring is both hard and important

Every hiring process involves matching a skilled person with complex hiring requirements, in an organisational system, within a complex industry with many moving parts.

Sometimes this makes for complex and lengthy hiring processes with frequent delays.

Make the most of any opportunity by asking them about the hiring process. This information will help inform your decisions and guide your expectations for the process. Get insight by asking questions such as:

  • When are you planning to make your final decision? When do you need someone in the role?
  • Who else needs to give the go ahead and approve the decision? When will this occur?
  • How many rounds of interviews will be involved?
  • Will I need to take any psychological tests or meet any other requirements?
Which other roles could suit?

Although an organisation may have advertised a specific role, it may not be as clear-cut as that. The position you are interviewing for is not always the only role available. When an organisation comes across a great person, it’s not uncommon for them to do what they can to get them onboard.

Don’t be surprised if they discuss other possible roles with you. Put your best foot forward by mentioning you would be open to other appropriate roles, particularly if you are keen on working for a particular organisation or project. Staying on their radar is never going to be a bad thing.

Cultural fit is important; are there any red flags?

Although it is hard for an interviewer to gauge in 30 minutes how well you will fit into their organisation, that is what they are trying to do. They might do this through asking questions, gauging how well they get along with you or observing whether you uphold the same values as the organisation.

How do you give them green flags, not red?

  • Ask them about the company culture. Ask follow-up questions into the particular drivers of the culture and then make a case as to why you will fit in.
  • Defence Industry highly values security, safety, integrity, respect, teamwork and efficiency, so try your best to emulate these qualities.
  • Be on time, avoid inappropriate jokes, present yourself cleanly and professionally, avoid talking badly about a previous employer and demonstrate your investment in their organisation and the industry as a whole.
  • Defence Industry is a small world, so burning a bridge in one interview can lead to a loss of reputation in another. Avoid this by always being professional.

It is impossible to be a complete step ahead in any interview process.

Despite this, considering key aspects of the organisations thinking process will help make the process smoother and get you closer to success.

To gain more insight into a Defence Industry organisation or their priorities during hiring, get in touch with a specialist Defence Industry recruitment consultant by calling Kinexus on 02 9492 7500, or send your resume through to Kat at [email protected].

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