2010-04-04

Two Words for Job Seekers

Many job seekers, as are b-school students, come to interviews looking for what they want and asking for what they will get. There is a good amount of information asymmetry at the time of interview. Just answering a few questions, or, going through a few rounds of interviews don't prove much. Work - delivering on KRAs is usually it. The employers, therefore, usually start giving out larger salaries, ESOPs and other benefits only after looking at someone's work.

A good way to impress is to know the industry, the company, and the job very well. A much better way - add it to the good way - is to give crisp and clear suggestions on how the job he/she is looking for can be done better.

PS: Say, a good number of people who join McKinsey quit within 3 years. Because either side or both sides figure out that they aren't made for each other. This in spite of the facts that McKinsey invests so much time trying to know candidates well before interviews and has such long and multi-level interview processes; and that candidates spend so much time trying to understand the firm.

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2010-04-04

Two Words for Job Seekers

Many job seekers, as are b-school students, come to interviews looking for what they want and asking for what they will get. There is a good amount of information asymmetry at the time of interview. Just answering a few questions, or, going through a few rounds of interviews don't prove much. Work - delivering on KRAs is usually it. The employers, therefore, usually start giving out larger salaries, ESOPs and other benefits only after looking at someone's work.

A good way to impress is to know the industry, the company, and the job very well. A much better way - add it to the good way - is to give crisp and clear suggestions on how the job he/she is looking for can be done better.

PS: Say, a good number of people who join McKinsey quit within 3 years. Because either side or both sides figure out that they aren't made for each other. This in spite of the facts that McKinsey invests so much time trying to know candidates well before interviews and has such long and multi-level interview processes; and that candidates spend so much time trying to understand the firm.

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