We receive hundreds of applications and we're very selective on who we hire. As such, our selection process is different from other organizations and this article will give you some helpful advice on how to best prepare for your interactions with us.
The first thing to be aware of are our Company Tenets. Our Tenets are core to how we work and deliver on our promises to Clients and each other. Spend some time reading and understanding these Tenets. If you don't, it will be obvious during your selection process and will put you at a disadvantage.
During your interviews you will be asked questions on specific Tenets. Each interviewer is assigned one or more Tenets to focus on - if you read our Tenets properly you'll be able to work out which Tenet relates to the question you're being asked.
The question will be phrased something like "Can you tell me about a time when you...". What the interviewer is looking for is a specific example from your past - not a generic or textbook answer. It's OK to take a few seconds to think of a good example.
When you're providing your answer, the interviewer is looking for 4 main points. Structuring your answer in the following way will help you and your interviewer:
Situation - what was the situation you were in, provide some context.
Task - - what exactly were you being asked to do - your mission
Actions - what did you do - be chronological if possible
Result - did you achieve your task?
When you're giving your answer, don't be tempted to say "we" - remember, we're interviewing you, not your previous team or manager. Be specific on what YOU were asked to do, what YOU did, what YOU achieved.
Where possible, provide some data to back-up your answer, for example, "the result was I added another 4 projects to my existing 12 for that Client". Proving data helps us to assess scale and provides valuable context.
During a typical interview you may only be asked 2 or 3 questions - this is normal so don't feel rushed in your answers. Your interviewer may ask several follow-up questions - it doesn't mean you provided a bad answer, it just means the interviewer feels they've hit a valuable seam of information.
You will get to meet many of us during the selection process so think of some questions to ask us too. We're very selective on who we hire and it is just as important that you make sure Silverdale is the right fit for you.
If you still want to join us, take a look at our current positions and apply online.