BECOME AN INTERVIEW DETECTIVE USING LINKEDIN
by Rob Ridout
This is where your detective skills are needed.
Finding the exiting incumbents profileThere is a part of the job specification that is always left out and is vitally important - who was the incumbent in the role? This is the starting point of investigating your alignment with the vacant role.
My tipFirst, find the previous incumbents profile on LinkedIn. By simply inserting the job description title and choosing the company name in your search fields you have a good chance of finding the profile(that’s if it's not a new role).You can also use google this may also take you to recruiters who have advertised the role. These recruiters may have added additional information not included in the job specification.
LinkedIn vs the Specification Job ResponsibilitiesJob Specifications are notoriously thin on the complete and most up to date role description. Often a job description is either old or slightly and quickly updated. Any additional information that you can gain for your interview is an advantage that you will need.
What was the previous role occupied by the incumbentWhat the outgoing incumbent did as a job before their current role will provide you with great guidance when designing your interview strategy. Aligning your experience in previous roles vs the role on offer you will give you an upper hand. However, use this strategy with caution as you will need to ascertain if the outgoing incumbent experience was the correct “fit”. Normally if that person was in the role for a while then that indicates a good “fit”.
The last word from my side on this important topic.
By far the most important part of the specification is the minimum requirements section. You should always draw attention to the parts of your CV that indicate that you meet these minimum requirements. This can be done in your cover letter or first page of your CV and then replicated in your interview.
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