Don't look for a new job - look for a career!
There is a huge difference between looking for a new job and looking to take a meaningful next step in your career.
I’ve been fortunate enough to help a number of blue chip firms find talent across a pretty wide range of countries during my career - and here is a secret - Top companies do not hire people who are just looking for a new job. Top companies hire people whose goals and ambitions align with their own and are able to provide the career path to meet them.
Everyone who has gone for an interview has been asked a variation of these 2 interview questions - why do you want to join our company / what are you looking to do next? Every interviewer will then usually hear a variation of the following 2 answers - something generic quoted from reading the website / a new challenge.
If you want to set yourself apart from the crowd, you need to think about your career. Instead of deciding to look for a new job and hope that a change will give you what you need - ask yourself honestly the following questions before your next interview:
- What do you actually like / dislike doing in your current role?
- What would you like to spend more of your time doing in a role?
- What skills do you have to develop in order to get in to this position?
- What kind of company and work culture would enable you to do this?
Let me give you an example, from a previous company, of someone who gave a client of mine, quite possibly, the best answer to those 2 generic interview questions I have ever heard. She knew the company had just hired a new CEO to lead a very niche but lucrative tech business. She told me how she understood the business was going to be focused on digital disruption and innovation, over tradition tech software solutions. She knew this leader had a history of not just breaking boundaries, but investing and growing their team.
She had sent her CV to me as her current employer operated in silos and there was not much emphasis on disruption or innovation. They were more conservative and liked to play it safe – and at the same time were very salesy and aggressive - sometimes pushing a product even if the client didnt need it. She wanted to work in an environment that would allow her to push the boundaries of what was possible and at the same time work for a leader that would help her to reach her potential. She knew this was a company and leader that could give her just that
It is no surprise to say they hired her!
So next time, before telling a prospective employer or a recruiter that you are looking for a new job - really impress them, tell them what you are really looking for, what you want to do and where you want to be - it will benefit both of you.