Dragons’ Den, the popular BBC entrepreneurial program, is currently in its tenth series. The Dragons have seen some funny characters in the den and, so far this series, have only invested in a few of them. The people that enter the den are essentially having a job interview – albeit for an investment in their own company. So what has series ten taught us so far? And what skills do you need to have for a Dragon to invest?
The Dragons, just like most interviewers, seem to get frustrated at candidates that aren’t assertive or confident in their business plan. When the Dragons ask a question, they want it answered as succinctly as possible. Although interviewers will be looking for you to answer questions as efficiently as possible, don’t be afraid to take your time and think through your response. The Dragons are always frustrated when a candidate gives them a nonsensical answer. Don’t be afraid to take your time, think through the question and provide examples to support your response.
Do Your Research
Nothing aggravates the Dragons more than an entrepreneur that doesn’t do their research. Whether its researching your own work experience or researching the company or job role you are applying for, ensure you do your research as it will help you to feel more prepared.
Know Your Figures
Although when you go for a job interview, you don’t have to give details about your profits and accounts like people do in the den, you will need to give figures on anything related to the job. Work achievements, projects, sales figures and targets are all things you should bring up to support your CV template and application.
Have a Plan
Candidates show a clear business plan on Dragon’s Den. Similarly an interviewer will want to see that you have a career plan – demonstrate you have clear progression plans and career goals to hit as this will show an employer that you are ambitious and dedicated.
Take Your CV
In the den the Dragons like to see proof of achievements – whether it’s accounts, letters from companies confirming orders or details of the business. Similarly an interviewer will need to see evidence of your work so ensure you take along your CV, cover letter and career portfolio to maximise your chances of securing the job.