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What job seekers can learn from wannabe MPs

Published: Tuesday 21st April 2015

It’s got to be one of the toughest application processes for a job but currently thousands of people are going for it. There are 650 seats in the General Election on May 7, and several prospective parliamentary candidates standing for each seat. Candidates have already passed tough interviews with their local constituency parties where panels of politically-minded people will have quizzed them relentlessly to ensure they’re putting up the best people their party can muster. Then it’s the most important part of the process – election day. Would you be heading towards the halls of Westminster buoyed by the support of thousands of voters. Or would you lose your deposit? Here’s what job seekers could learn from prospective MPs…

Job seekers should bear honesty in mind

An honest politician? Really? But for job seekers honesty definitely is the best policy and remember, most mendacious MPs are quickly exposed in the press or on TV panel shows. Honesty on your own CV and during the interview process, whether it’s to do with qualifications, past experience or pay level, is essential. If  you tell lies, even little ones, you will most likely be found out.

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Remember there are hundreds of MPs who simply want to do a good job for their constituents. And that’s the message you need to reinforce with a prospective employer. You need to give them a reason to back you and be sure you’ll do a good job for them (without abusing the expense account!).

Job seekers should hold on to ambition

OK, we’re not talking about ending up in No 10 any time soon, but demonstrating ambition within your field is crucial. Show you are willing to undertake further training and make sure you have a convincing answer for that perennial interview question: ‘Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?’.

Being able to fight our corner

If the party leaders’ debates on TV have taught us anything, it’s that the ability to form an excellent argument as to why people should vote for you is vitally important. Knowing your opponents is advantageous too. Why are you the right person for the job over the scores of other applicants? What can you bring to the table to benefit the company?

Being magnanimous in defeat

If you tried and failed – and let’s face it, not many of us get the first job we apply for – you could ask your interviewer what else could have swung the vote in your favour. Most hirers, when delivering the news that you haven’t got the position, are happy to outline where you may have been lacking, whether that’s experience or interview style. 

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