Job Interviews: What’s More Important Than Intelligence
Intelligence alone isn’t enough to land the job.
MPW Insider is an online community where the biggest names in business and beyond answer timely career and leadership questions. Today’s answer for:What are three things you look for in a resume? is written by Angela Dorn, chief legal officer at Single Stop USA.As the chief legal officer at Single Stop I’m typically not involved in the hiring decisions at our organization–except at the most senior level–but I do talk to our human resources department about what we should be looking for in candidates, and what it takes to succeed at Single Stop. We care about many things, including but not limited to core qualifications, leadership qualities, hiring people with diverse backgrounds, and personal integrity. The following resume tips may not be enough to land you the job, but they can certainly get you an interview:
Commitment to our work
The first thing we look for is proof that the candidate is dedicated to our work, and not just looking for a job. Single Stop is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating poverty. Does the resume highlight the candidates genuine interest in our mission through previous experiences? Perhaps you currently work for an organization like ours, serve on a board that is dedicated to helping others, or volunteer for a similar cause. Employees at Single Stop work under high stress conditions, with limited resources to help those in need. It ‘s not easy to work under such conditions; therefore, you must be dedicated.