We recently asked our Lenovo recruitment team (Krista Jaeckel, Erin Jernigan, and Jane Shephard) to answer a common question from applicants: what do you look for in a candidate? Their answers are below.
Do you have a question you’ve always wanted to ask recruiters? Share in the comments
What do you look for in a candidate?
A well-rounded individual. Someone who has a degree in the required field. I am looking for previous internship/work experience that is relevant to the job they are applying for. Project work is also important. It can be a school/group project or personal project. I also think it’s important that applicants are involved in the community/extracurricular activities. Any type of leadership role is a plus.
A professional resume tailored to the job for which they are applying and professional email correspondence. That the candidate can show that they have done research and come prepared with questions. They need to have the ability to showcase their skills/experience during a phone call and how it relates to the job. And I look for promptness in interview/email communication
Someone who carries themselves professionally in speech and demeaner. Also, I look to see "why" the candidate is really interested in Lenovo/position, I want to make sure we are hiring candidates that are dedicated and want to grow at Lenovo. I also look for candidates that are engaging in conversation (asking questions/curious).