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If you were the hiring manager in this position, what would you look for ?

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Deborah’s Answer

I would look for someone who took the time to learn about my business. Someone who wants to do their best at the job, not just show up. Someone who cares about people. Someone who is able to overcome roadblocks and figure out a work around when needed.
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Valda’s Answer

I look for somebody who is willing to learn and adjust to the team, team player, most definitely open minded person who is not afraid to experiment and think outside the box, creativity is a key. Depending on where you stand in your career there might be an expectation of certain skills and knowledge, and if you are just entering into the work force make sure you are honest and humble, be a “sponge” by taking in as much information as possible. Best of luck!
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Rebecca’s Answer

When I'm interviewing for a marketing position, there are several factors at play.

Due to our economy, I am never concerned about seeing multiple jobs on a resume in a short amount of time. I usually like to deep dive into what you did while you were at those positions and how you leveraged one job to get to the next.

Especially for marketing I keep an eye out for any content or consulting background. Both are very useful.

At the end of the day- I want to know more about you and how you handle work related chaos. Especially with our economic environment, so many of us were dealt a bad hand or have worked for a company that didn't value it's employees.
It's what you have done, while in those scenarios, that shows who you are as a worker.

Confidence is key! Know that I want you to succeed. Most interviewers are looking to hire someone they like and works well with the rest of their team. Be strong in your responses and believe you are the best for the role.

Rebecca recommends the following next steps:

Know an idea of your career path and do your best to stick to it.
Once you do get an interview, do what you can to get to know your interviewer. Knowing a solid common trait between the two of you is a great ice breaker.
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Angie’s Answer

When looking for new hires, I look for someone that knows what they are applying for and has done some research as to what the job is. This can be as simple as knowing what type of tasks you will do at the job. Some questions to think about are: How did you stand out against other people who may apply for the same position? What unique skills do you have that you could bring to the role? If you don't have much experience, think about why you are applying for a certain job. Why do you want to be in that field? What interest or passion will you bring to the position and company? These are a few questions to think about when preparing for an interview. Hope this helped!
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chiara’s Answer

As pertaining to marketing positions, any given one, in any field, I have looked for in a new hire, the skill to sell me anything, as you need to be an innate sales person - at heart, that can find beauty in anything - as in any given product or service - and that can then pitch it to the client.

In addition, be authentic, exciting and enticing, creative and a skilled problem solver!
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Aki’s Answer

To me, one of the most important aspects come down to 2 things: attitude and approach. You have to have positive attitude to not only thrive as a professional but as a person with colleagues. Personality fit is as important as anything else. The approach part is around looking at how you face tasks, challenges and successes. You can tell a lot about someone by looking at how they approach a certain task. But please know that there's no one correct attitude or one correct approach - we all have a different way to think and act and that's the beauty of diverse perspectives. In the end, you always want to be part of something bigger than yourself. Good luck!
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Lucie’s Answer

When hiring, I always look for in a candidate:
#1 Motivation: Display of interest and motivation for the role and the company in general.
#2 Information: Can depict the bigger picture, knows about market trends, career path, career plan, etc.
#3 Precision: Clear and concise answers, good narrative and story telling. To the point.

If a candidate has prepared the interview, he/she will have no problem with these 3 items.

Hope this helps,
Cheers
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Brittany’s Answer

Looking for people who are agile self starters - aka you can take in information quickly and learn and iterate. Marketing isn't so much about head knowledge, so much as the ability to try something, measure if it's working or not, and then pivot. I look for people who are good with data analysis, and also good project managers who can run with something and take care of every detail, and then communicate back progress to the team.
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Mark’s Answer

I would look for the following characteristics in a job candidate for a marketing role:
- Knowledge of specific industry and current marketing landscape
- Effective communication skills
- Ability to answer different questions ranging in complexity
- Positive personality traits
- Team culture "fit" - will this person be able to contribute in a meaningful way given the current team culture
- Commitment level (work ethic, willingness to adapt, mobility, etc.)
- Progressive and aggressive career aspirations
- Sound emotional intelligence
- Proof of job history, track record, results, etc,
- References

Mark recommends the following next steps:

Build a "Why Me" slide detailing the specific characteristics that differentiate you from the rest of the candidates who might be applying for the job
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Peter’s Answer

Skills that matches the job description, experience, the commitment that he will bring to the business and most importantly his motivation.
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Niko’s Answer

I would look for someone who is innovative, open minded and with positive thinking mindset.
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Nikki’s Answer

Someone who shares the same values as my business/company. Someone who is confident, easy to learn, team player and is open for communication.
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Haoi’s Answer

Need to have relevant skills, active learning attitude.
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Saurabh’s Answer

Having hired many people in my career, one thing I always try to seek during interview is how "hungry" the person is to get/ do this job. I give equal time to review resume (definitely more than avg 10 seconds) - in Resume, I look for all aspects (how well the resume is formatted, how well resume has articulated the achievements, as well as what is the candidate's creativity level to squeeze lot of information in 1-2 pages).

After that during phone or F2F interview, I look candidate's communication approach, confidence level. I look for someone who is excited to join my team, have an aptitude to learn new skills/ technology, and finally show enthusiasm on knowing myself, team and company - this shows that the candidate is well prepared for interview.

Finally, I continuously try to see whether candidate is being authentic or just answering because he/she already knew what were the interview questions.
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Peter’s Answer

Skills that matches the job description, experience, the commitment that he will bring to the business and most importantly his motivation.
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Douglas’s Answer

Have your stories ready. Answer the questions and do all the tasks listed
in previous answers.

If you are prepared for any interview that shows everyone what sort of job you will do.

Prepare a portfolio, marketing plan, as if you had already been assigned the work.
It should show that you are ready for the job.

Your preparation should also include what sort of pay and what sort of benefits
they offer. Never discuss or ask about such things until they show they are
interested in hiring you. It leaves the impression that you are most interested
in pay/benefits rather than doing the job.

Smile when you meet or are introduced every person. Amazing what an ice breaker
a smile can be.

As a student you are in a great position to ask anything at places you might work even
before looking for a job. Be curious, respect their time, and most important hand write them a thank you note
a couple days after you talk. They will be reminded of you/your name and likely remember
you, provide contact information (not a CV/resume, this is a thank you) and consider
requesting them contact you if they think of anything else that they wanted to tell you.

Lastly, always follow every interview with a thank you letter describing what
you enjoyed in the interview as well as your enthusiasm for the potential new job.

Bon chance.
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Fiona’s Answer

Someone with skills that are suitable, and preferably with some work experience (if in the relevant field, even better).
Someone who is willing to learn, willing to take criticism, responsible, ask questions if you don't understand, organised, willing to work hard
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