4. Face-to-face interview
What does an HR star look like to businesses? Instantly credible, tenacious, politically and commercially savvy, robust, versatile, pragmatic, able to cope in fast-paced and ambiguous environments, and an effective relationship builder. When it comes to the face-to-face interview with the recruiter, many of these characteristics are assumed before introductions have even been made.
An HR star is immaculate. You don’t have to be donning a twin set and pearls but you will always be ready to face the board. Walk in the room with self-belief and conviction. Be warm and approachable, but cut to the chase. During this interview, talk through challenging situations with sensitivity, demonstrate how you’ve made meaningful contributions articulately and provide scenario examples succinctly, describing the situation, the objective, what you did and the outcome. Apply your contribution to the overall commercial strategy. Be engaging, fluid, innovative and insightful.
When the end goal – meeting the employer – is in sight, the HR star is prepared to deliver all of this and more. This stage further challenges their technical capabilities, breadth of knowledge, style and approach, commercial acumen and ability to translate across a spectrum of diversity. You have to be prepared and know everything about the organisation: financials, branding, market presence, competitors, challenges. An HR star is like a four-leaf clover – you have to search hard for it, but when you find one you know good things are going to happen.