Working through any selection process for a new role you need to ensure that you answer for yourself the following four questions. It’s likely that your potential employer will be asking the same questions although not always in the following format.
1) Can you do the job?
Do you have the skills, knowledge, experience and values required to perform some or the entire job to a consistently high level. Ideally you want to be able to “trade” with the employer 70%-80% of the role you can do to a high level in return for 20%-30% you have had little or no skills or experience in but believe you want and can develop the expertise over a period of time. This keeps you interested and motivated for a period of time until its time for the next move.
2) Will you do the job? Does it make sense for you to make this move and what will you get out of the move?
This follows on nicely from the first question. If your move is logical in that it builds your portfolio of skills knowledge and experience then it increases the likelihood of you being happy and engaged and likely to stay
3) Will you fit into the team?
Your values and team fit are really important to the success of your selection. Are you likely to be able to work well with your team mates, do you relate and agree with the values of the organisation. If you do or think you do then you’re more likely to be selected and more likely to be successful once in the role.
4) Are you worth the investment?
In the current climate this is a key question on both sides. Organisations have budgets they are reluctant to exceed even if you are absolutely the right fit whilst you may have commitments that necessitate a certain minimum salary. Generally you have a much better chance of negotiating a higher package if all three of the above questions are ticked positively.