And now to the interview – a source of great anxiety for many candidates! What are Linde trying to get out of the candidate at this stage?
Well firstly, nobody should be afraid of having an interview at Linde. We try to make it an open, honest, two-way conversation, but of course we understand that people are often nervous or excited, or both. The purpose is really to assess the candidate’s suitability for the role, as well as what they want out of it and whether we can fulfil that. It also gives us the chance to explore any gaps between the role and the candidate’s experience, and of course assess the cultural fit: does the candidate have values that will fit to Linde in general, but also the team they’ll be working with.
What do you mean by a two-way conversation?
We often ask the candidate at the end of the interview if they have any questions for us and more often than not, they say “no”! I always find this really surprising. Think of the amount of time you spend at work: it’s a good portion of your life! You should be trying to find out as much as possible about the role, responsibilities, the projects, the interfaces, the team, the manager, etc. Bottom line: use the opportunity to ask questions!