We've had over 70 applications for the Office Admin job we advertised. Sophia spoke to about potential candidates over this week and we've now shortlisted 5 candidates who we are interviewing on Monday. The smart ones will be subscribed to this blog and will read this post. That means they'll know to bring something orange with them, that we're on the 2nd floor and that being able to demonstrate their organisational skills is very, very important.
For the 65+ who didn't get shortlisted, we wanted to provide some feedback:
- Always send a covering letter and CV – a CV lets us know what experience you have. A letter lets you, tell us, why you're better, and more interested than the rest
- NEVER name your CV file MyCV.doc – we got 20 of those. It doesn't help.
- Think about the format of your letter and CV. One candidate sent theirs as .doc and .docx. Neither format is perfect (I'd rather have .pdf) but it shows they were thinking of our ability to read their document not about their ease of sending. A couple of candidates used .wps – very few businesses will use that format.
- Sending your covering letter as the email body is good. It saves us from having to open another document.
- Spell our names right. It is Sophia. Not Sophie and definitely not Sarah!
- Do your research. We are an online company. We have a blog. We say a lot about ourselves on websites and twitter. It can help you in applying for a job. Only about a quarter of you took the time to read the post below and mention Billy Bragg in your application. To be honest I'm no Bragg fan but it helped show us who felt interested enough in the job to read up on us. It also showed us who was naturally curious. Being naturally curious is a good thing.
- Make sure you have your own personal email address. Make sure it is a sensible one. This time we had work addresses, partner's addresses, and the occasional daft personal address. Thankfully nothing as bad as an applicant for a previous job – dozytart@hot…
- We are an online company. We deal in social media. It won't hurt a candidate to have an online presence. At least one interview candidate has a strong online presence that goes beyond chatting with friends. Create an online presence for yourself. Make it relevant to something you are passionate about. It could be a blog or twitter account. Put it in your covering letter next time. It'll impress a company that is working in this area.
- Some people applying were "over-qualified". That's fine. We're interviewing at least one of them. But if you are very well qualified it is worth taking the time to explain why you are so interested in our wee job. We don't want to think we are just a short-term filler for you.
- A few people applied very late in the day. It's not a good idea to be late on a job application that is looking for a well-organised person…
- It is not easy picking the best candidates. Some people were close calls. I expect we may have missed some excellent candidates because they didn't tailor their application to our job. We may have dismissed an absolute gem because their experience didn't match up to what we think we want and perhaps because we've misinterpreted it. Sorry. For you and for us.
Finally, thank you to EVERYONE who applied. It's been great reading about you. Apologies to those who haven't made the shortlist. Good luck to those who did. See you on Monday.