Why Recruitment is like the World Cup

It’s that time again! You either love it or hate but you won’t be able to escape it… The World Cup.  Starting the 12th June 2014 the top players in each country join together and create the best team to compete against the best of the best in other countries. The weak won’t make it through while the strong battle it out until the winner defeats all the competition. This reminds me of recruitment and the struggles candidates face. 

For most jobs there will be many candidates competing to prove they are the best and deserve the job – win. Just from looking at CVs you can make assumptions about who will make it further the process.  Brazil have won the World Cup 5 times and Italy 4, so you may be inclined to favour these as they have the best success rate. This is why it is so important to get your CV right and adapt it to make it relevant for each position you are applying for to get your foot in the door, but it is not everything!

Brazil and Italy are not necessarily going to win the world cup, Spain won in 2010, so what’s on paper will not guarantee who will be on top. Just like your CV, it needs to be right but you also need to put in a lot effort for the run up to the final decision by the potential employer. Football teams will train and play friendly’s to prepare for the real competition; they need to know what they are doing themselves and how the competition is likely to play. The team even went to Portugal and Miami to train to get used to playing in a higher climate.  If you get to interview stage you need to prepare.  Understand the company, work out what you want to say and anticipate what the interviewer will ask of you, even practice it with a friend or in front of a mirror.  What will make you better and ultimately beat your competition? So remember to start with a good and relevant CV and prepare prepare prepare.

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