At Kainjoo, we embraced a culture of performance guided by our philosophy and expressed throughout our leadership principles. Our recruiters look more for a culture fit than a technical skill.
Someone ambitious comes prepared for the interview and expresses great interest in the position. A candidate who wants to grow their career with the company can be an investment for the long term. Candidates can demonstrate ambition by listing achievements that include exceeding goals or working in a leadership position, even while at school or volunteering in a non-profit such as Mezyan.
Curiosity can leap off a resume and cover letter by including varied experiences within a person’s industry of choice. It comes through during interviews when a candidate asks intelligent questions about the company’s background, culture, and role.
Show your grit by providing context for achievements. For example, on a call, instead of sharing, ‘Implemented a drug launch campaign in 3 countries,’ say instead, ‘Implemented a new campaign for global pharmaceutical players three months ahead of schedule during a 12-month hiring freeze and change in executive sponsorship.’ This demonstrates that you not only delivered the project ahead of schedule but also against a limitation of resources and during a time of change.
Humility goes a long way when it comes to driving good teamwork. It’s important to celebrate as a team and personally take responsibility for shortcomings. The best way to demonstrate this is during an interview. We look for individuals who emphasize ‘we’ versus ‘I,’ and we also dig into past accomplishments, mistakes, or failures to see how a person reflects on those times. Were the accomplishments described as a team effort? Is blame being placed elsewhere, or do they own part of that mistake or failure?
Hustle doesn’t stem from talent; it is more about effort, ethics, attitude, and passion. If you’re prepared, willing to be coached, and want to go above and beyond, you’ve got hustle. You understand that you can create success and have the energy to go for it.
Learning agility is learning from experience and adapting those experiences to future situations.
If a candidate doesn’t have an upbeat demeanour, it’s a deal-breaker.
Scientists use consistent—or reliable—past results to predict future behaviour. The same holds at work. Reliability is essential because it shows your future boss what they can expect of you. Show you are reliable by being on time for interviews or meetings and sending your resume and any other piece of documentation requested when you promised.
Be open and forthcoming. It’s OK to admit being terminated because of a difference of opinion with your boss, a culture mismatch, or a mistake with a lesson learned, for example. It happens, and it will come out in the reference checks. Always maintain confidentiality agreements and be respectful of a former employer, but admit there was an issue. Transparency always wins.
Now you know.
If you want a job at Kainjoo, we recommend reading our about section that explains the type of culture we’re setting in the company.