기업이나 조직이 탐내는 지원자는 어떤 사람일까? 그 사람의 이력서는, 그리고 그 사람의 인터뷰는 보통 사람과 어떤 차이가 있을까? 지난 12월 3일, 연세대 국제대학원 경력개발센터 주최로 열린 '1st Mock Interview Workshop'에 패널로 참여해, 위에 대한 견해와 더불어 국대원 재학생 8명의 '유엔 모의 인터뷰'와 이력서 점검을 진행했다.
간단히 요약하면, "기업과 조직이 탐내는 지원자란, 현실의 풍부한 경험으로 구성된 일관된 스토리를 가진 사람"(Strong candidate is the one who has a story consisting of real life experiences)이라고 볼 수 있다.
“Strong Candidate is the One who Has a Story Consisting of Real Life Experiences”
1. Key hallmark of a strong candidate
I would say he or she is a strong candidate if they first of all know well about themselves: who I am, what I want to do, what competencies I have demonstrated, what are the motivation behind this, what problems and discontent I want to address. Questions can go on and on for you to think about. If you could not answer to yourself these self questions, you can not become a candidate yet.
Secondly, you should understand exactly the positions or areas you’re applying for. Put yourself in the shoes of the hiring manager: what are they looking for? If I were they, what would they be interested in?
Often times, the selection ends up with not the best candidate, but the candidate who matches best with the hiring organizations. Don’t be discouraged even if you are not selected.
Lastly, the strongest candidate I think is the one who has a convincing story.
2. Key hallmark of an effective resume
Your resume should clearly present what your theme is about. If you’re interested in Human Rights, it is natural for the hiring manger to expect Human Rights- related activities and publications. A resume without a theme is just a compilation of what you did. Rather you should have a convincing story, which is your life theme. Before going about writing a resume, think about your theme.
For UN system, it is helpful for you to understand how resumes are screened. There are so many resumes and applications that they just do not have time to manually sort them out. So, what they rather introduced was an online screening engine just like a Google. Google acts on keywords. Likewise, this automatic UN screening engine looks for some keywords. What keywords are they looking for? Is it secret? No, you can easily check them on the vacancy announcements and the competencies needed to perform the job. Take your time to analyze the job vacancy announcement, and identify the mostly frequented keywords and competency-related action verbs. UN likes initiate, implement, conduct, partner, collaborate, enhance, analyze and research, just to name a few.
3. Key hallmark of an effective interview
Again, it is all about story. You should have a story to tell. This is not to say that every story counts. What counts most is the story in line with your life theme, and the story should have detailed, exemplary cases which can show that you possess such competencies as Teamwork, Creativity, Client Orientation, and Accountability.
For your information, UN interview is a competency-based interview. Competency is, as described in the United Nations Competencies for the Future booklet, a combination of skills, attributes and behaviors that are directly related to successful performance on the job. Competencies are not about what you know, but about what you have done so far. It is said that the surest way to assess your future performance would be looking back at what you have done so far. If you were not good at communicating with other people in a clear way, chances are you will encounter the same problem. So most of the questions you may be asked will not be questions based on ‘if;’ They will be questions like ‘Tell us about the last time that you were faced with a professional or ethical dilemma at work’ ‘Give me an example of when you have experienced a setback.’
Do not just say that I am the teamwork style person. Rather you may attract them even without saying a word about teamwork; tell them about your stories in which you learned the importance of teamwork or you did the best performance with other colleagues.