HOW TO NAIL A BREWDOG INTERVIEW
Top Tips from our People Whisperer
Recently we caught up with the head of our QC department Fraser Gormley so the good doctor could explain the five pillars of quality that ensure our beer gets to your glass in the very best possible shape. That blog post inspired us to seek out other BrewDog crew members and pick their brains for a quintet of top tips. So for the next in the series our People Whisperer Nicolle Sinclair is on hand to talk about what it takes to join our team, and five ways to make us sit up and take notice…
And you can check out our latest vacancies here…
1. Show your passion
“Our underlying mission is to make other people as passionate about great craft beer as we are. Show us you love beer, or if not that you love something which will then allow you to learn beer and grow to love it! You can do this in words or by other means – we always love homebrew samples for interviewees – I remember one that also included the recipe breakdown, a product launch plan and when they planned to brew it on the 100Hl kit. Bold, ambitious and driven!”
2. Don’t be normal
“At BrewDog we love things that are atypical. So when we do interviews for our vacancies they don’t run to a usual format, the questions that we ask aren’t in any way normal and we therefore don’t expect that answers to be so either. Normal is boring! We want to see your true character not a shield put up because of interview stresses. That’s why we take all of the stuffiness out of the interview situation – being generic doesn’t cut it around here so go for it!”
3. Don’t dress to impress
“When you head to BrewDog HQ for an interview, feel free to leave that suit on the peg at home. We want our candidates to come as they are! Be empowered to be yourself, so we can meet the true you. A lot of people fall into throwing on the suit, and then becoming a word processor who does not connect with what they are saying. By all means rock the smart look if you feel comfortable, but the lack of dress code may help you fully let us know why you love what you do and the company you want to work for.”
4. Bleed Ambition
“BrewDog was built on passion, ambition and sheer determination, and we need our future employees to embrace that mind-set to challenge the boundaries and blow shit up. For instance there’s an awesome person who now works for us who essentially said if we didn’t offer her the job she’d sit outside, with her nose pressed against the glass, until we hired her! She proved she could bring so much to the table with her skills and her passion for BrewDog to be successful.”
5. Show your face!
“We interview people from all over the world, so they can’t always make it to our Ellon HQ to speak to us in person. If not, that’s totally cool, we can use the wonders of technology to get in touch online and interview you that way! We only ask one thing to make a good impression; please make sure you can use Skype first. As much as your nostrils and teeth are great, we would really love to see your full face so we can speak properly (this does happen a lot!)"
We love two things here at BrewDog - our Beer and our People. Our recruitment process connects these two like no other part of our business. If you have what it takes to join our amazing team, check out our latest vacancies on our website. We also asked Nicolle what her favourite application ever was, and here’s what she said…
“It would be the ‘message in a bottle’ we got with a CV on USB inside. The message also said ‘if I am not successful, please refill a brew from you pilot kit and return to…’”