Common traits of candidates who deserve the job

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  1. They come to the interview with well thought-out ideas. It’s almost like they’ve already inhabited the role and are thinking through how they are going to strategise, execute, deliver, and be successful. To the interviewer, the discussion starts to feel like a meeting after they’ve already landed the role.
  2. They ask insightful questions. It’s almost impossible to ask great questions during an interview if you haven’t done the homework. The more research and thinking you do, the more you will realise that there are challenges you will need to solve. If you can make it clear to the interviewer that you are past the initial stage and are ready to address and solve the problem they may have already encountered, or even better, that they haven’t even thought about, you will gain an amount of respect that few other candidates will be able to match you on.
  3. They are respectful and likeable. While merit matters, no one will ever hire someone they do not like. It’s pretty simple. Be nice. Be respectful. And act like the true professional you are while doing it.
  4. They nail the answer to the most important question.



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Ian Yip

Ian Yip

Cyber Risk. Cybersecurity. Business. Tech. Entrepreneur. CEO at Avertro. Former CTO at McAfee Asia Pacific.