In a job market that is very competitive, at any level, it
is important to have your "A” game on at all times. This starts from the time you apply for a
position, to follow up phone conversations that may lead to a face-to-face interview. Most importantly, you are selling your brand. Your brand isn’t just communicated by what
you put in your resume, but it ties directly to any personal communication you have
during the hiring process whether by phone, email or face-to-face.
When you are searching for a new job with a new employer,
you are seeking a new position for a reason.
You are out to offer that potential new employer something great. Focus on communicating appropriately how you
will add value to the company and what makes you the best candidate. Here are some tips to think about during your
job seeking process.
Pay attention to
When looking at an ad for a job, it’s important to submit
what is specifically asked, even if you feel it is irrelevant. If asked for a cover letter, resume and
references, submit all three items. It
could cost you to be overlooked by those who submitted what was requested. It shows lack of following directions and
follow-through. As you continue to move forward into the hiring process, it’s extremely
important to pay attention to details regarding timeframe for interviews and
decision dates. Most importantly, keep
track of your scheduled interview times and who you will be meeting with
throughout the process.
Learn about the
company, and be prepared
The web provides so much information at your fingertips. With that being said, you should never show
up to a phone or face-to-face interview unprepared regarding knowledge about
the company you are interviewing with. Taking the time to research and prepare
yourself will set you apart from the rest of the candidates. Doing so will
allow you to ask more of the "right” questions and appear more engaged. Just remember, you might be the most
qualified, but you will most likely strikeout if you are the least prepared.
Treat everyone with
Be respectful to whomever you may come in contact with
during the hiring process. This is tied directly
to any individual who may contact you to schedule a phone interview to the
individuals who are making the hiring decision.
Every company, depending on its size, has a different hiring
process. First impressions are first
impressions and could be your last impression.
Levitt.swlearing.com states that job candidates strike out
because of professional etiquette errors.
Employers believe the way you treat them reflects on how you will
interact and treat their clients and other employees. Culture is important, each person you come in
contact with may be critiquing you throughout the process by the way you
communicate and interact and determining if the company’s culture is right for
you. Also keep in mind, you may never know
who might be a part of the interview/hiring process.
Never come across
Applying for a new job takes time and there is time
commitment involved. The New York Times
states that the duration of the interview process for companies like Starbucks,
General Mills and Southwest Airlines have doubled since 2010. About.com states that the one or two
interviews prior to getting a job offer no longer exists and now job seekers
can see up to 3 to 4 interviews or possibly 6.
This may not always work around your schedule, but you must come in with
the attitude of expecting to be inconvenienced.
Companies are busy, and most likely internally, there are specific dates
and times that work best to schedule phone interviews and face-to-face
interviews. It is important to appear available and never
inconvenienced, even if you are.