Hints from HR: Job Seeker Guide from LegalVision’s People Operations Manager
Whether you’re mid-career itching for a change or you’re fresh out of school looking to land your first job, JobGetter is developing an all-encompassing job seeker guide out of the hints and tips from the HR professionals who are in the recruitment trenches day in and day out.
Like, did you know that sometimes it’s the subtle, simple things like a smile that get you noticed straight away in an interview? There’s more to winning the job, of course, but Georgina Gordon, LegalVision’s People Operations Manager says it starts the interview off on a positive note.
This is just one of the insights Georgina shares in this weeks’ “Hints from HR” — read on to get more invaluable advice from this HR pro!
Launched in 2012, LegalVision is a fast-growing tech-driven legal service startup/commercial law firm that provides Australian businesses with cost-effective and high-quality legal services through an innovative model. Awarded ‘New Law Firm of the Year’ at the 2017 Australian Law Awards, LegalVision’s goal is to bring an innovative tech approach to the legal industry and provide a legal resources platform for SMEs and other startups.
What was your first job?
A retail assistant in a shoe shop. My mum suggested to the store manager that she might like to hire me as a Christmas casual when we were there buying shoes for my school formal!
How long have you worked in HR?
When you were 9 years old, what did you want to be when you “grew up?”
I desperately wanted to be a ‘baby doctor’ as I used to call it. I’ve always loved babies, so thought that’s where my working life would take me. But after experiencing and really enjoying business subjects at high school, I headed down that path instead.
What is your favorite part of your job?
The diversity of work. No two days are ever the same which keeps the role fun and challenging at the same time.
HINTS FROM GEORGINA
What I look for in candidates:
A genuine interest in the opportunity. It’s astounding the number of times I’ve read a resume or have spoken to a candidate only to find there wasn’t a thing that made me believe they actually wanted the job.
To me, the most employable skills a candidate could have are:
The ability to quickly build rapport and effectively communicate with people from all walks of life. At LegalVision, providing an exceptional client experience is our top priority, so being able to communicate with our broad spectrum of clients in a way that instills confidence and trust is key.
My advice to applicants who want to stand out:
Be authentic and back yourself.
Something you might not know about working for LegalVision:
We’re committed to doing our part for the environment, so takeaway coffee cups in the office are a big no-no! To combat waste, all new LegalVisionaries get a Keep Cup as part of their welcome pack.
The biggest mistake you could make:
Not tailoring your application for the role and company you’re applying for. There’s nothing worse than reading an application only to find the name of another business in there! Take the time to research the company and reflect its values and tone in your application. And be sure to proofread!
The first thing I notice about a resume:
If it’s a PDF or not. Sounds basic, but not taking the time to convert your document into a PDF indicates to me that you may lack attention to detail.
The first thing I notice about a candidate at an interview:
A smiley face! It starts the interview off on such a positive note.
Questions a candidate should never ask:
I find questions along the lines of “is there anything about me or my application that you’re concerned about” to be off-putting. Candidates should focus on gaining a solid understanding of the role requirements, and respond to questions in a way that demonstrates their relevant skills and experience. Do that, and the interviewer won’t have a reason to be concerned.
Don’t shy away from asking:
Anything (within reason) that will help you determine if the role and/or the business is a good fit for you. Remember that just as the business is interviewing you, you’re interviewing them too.
Don’t let this hold you back:
If you’ve found a company that you’d love to work for, but they don’t have a suitable role advertised, try to identify the best person to share your expression of interest with. You never know, they might not realise they need someone like you until you come their way.
What I want to know about you as a person:
I like to know what excites you; the things that light up your face when you talk about them. It gives me an insight into your interests and what’s important to you.
What homework I expect you to have done before the interview:
If you haven’t been told, ask who will be interviewing you, then look up their profile on LinkedIn and the company website. This will allow you to ask more specific questions about the interviewer’s role and background.
My advice to an unsuccessful candidate:
If you weren’t given feedback, ask for it. Take the time to reflect on what you could have done better or differently, then put steps in place to give yourself the best chance of succeeding in the future.
If this Q&A with LegalVision’s People Operations Manager has sparked your interest in working for this fast-growing company, check out the video below — and current vacancies here.