Most people are hired because of their skills and fired because they don’t fit in the company.
A 2-page resume can only provide a brief insight into your experience and skill, and most interviews focus on learning about your capability and not about your fit with the organization.
When applying for a position, take the time to get to know the company. You should know what they do, who they serve, and how they serve them. However, you need more information to determine if you’re a fit for the company and if the company is a fit for you.
What do they value?
What type of work environment do they have?
What type of leadership style do they practice?
Do your values align?
Do you believe in the mission and vision of the organization?
Are there fundamental factors, ideals, or beliefs of the organization with which you disagree? Do you understand the culture of the organization, department, or team where you would work?
Suppose the organization believes in minimal guidance and innovation, but you prefer structure, guidance, and maintaining current products and services. In that case, the organization is likely not a good fit for you and vice versa.
You can use video to let the organization know you are a good fit, and you can start by answering the questions above in a video and uploading it to the Insights tab in your Pointe Profile®.
Hiring managers and recruiters want to know you can do the job and be productive and happy at the company. Take the time to research the company. Here are some resources:
- Glassdoor.com – you’ll find information on salaries, employee reviews, benefits offered, and more.
- Vault.com – offers similar information to Glassdoor, including rankings, survey results, with pros and cons to working at some locations.
- The company website – search the menu at the bottom of the website, where you’ll find more information on mission, vision, values, strategies, customer insights, and more.
- The company’s social media channels – read employee and customer reviews, see how they handle public issues, the type of information they publish, and more.
- Career blogs – employee, journal, and blogger reviews.
- Local networking groups – meet employees to learn more about the company culture from an inside perspective and expand your network.
- College campus career centers – find out about the company and see if there is a contact person you can meet with for a brief informational interview.
Once you’ve collected your information, you will be more prepared to handle questions and ask questions at an in-person interview. You can create an “Insights” video to add to your profile that directly addresses how you would be an excellent fit for the company.
If you’d like to get started using video to support your resume, networking, and job search, we have a free ebook available to show you how! Just fill out the form below and we’ll send it to you. We also offer an inexpensive masterclass with step-by-step guides to get you on the path to success fast!