We all know people who always seem to be good at everything they do and land every job they apply for. What is it they know that others do not know? As recruiters who place candidates in positions we see what separates the candidates that get the job and those who do not. Good news, simple steps can make the difference, here are our tips for getting the job.
In a world of self-help books and seminars on being a stronger more confident person surprisingly very few people go into the interview confident they are the best candidate for the job. Being confident is key to employment for a few reasons. People who exude confidence, carry themselves better, answer questions with authority and are assured enough to ask great questions during the interview. Think of it this way if you are not confident in your ability to land the job, neither will the hiring manager. It can be hard to change your personal outlook, but you can take steps to appear confident in the interview. This is where eye contact, smiling, posture and speech can make a difference. Walk into the interview with your shoulders pulled back and you will appear confident. Smile when you walk in the room, which will make others feel more comfortable around you. Make sure you maintain eye contact, keeping eye contact shows confidence. Also be sure to speak slowly. Research shows people who speak slowly and clearly feel more self-confidence and appear more self-confident to others.
This is an easy one to accomplish. If you have an interview you need to look the part of the role you are applying for. If you are interviewing for a pharmaceutical sales job you cannot go to the interview in a pink suit and expect to be well received. If you are not sure what the corporate attire is call customer service and ask. A hiring managers first impression is your appearance, so start the interview off right, by being well groomed, wearing neutral colored suite. As mentioned before make sure you appear confident as well.
Being organized is probably one the most common answers people give when asked on an interview “What is one of your best qualities?” So it is important to not only answer the question, but prove it during the interview. Come to the interview organized. Have your questions prepared, resume, business card, business plan, computer or other materials for the interview ready to go. Part of being organized is also being prepared which leads us to our next point.
Being organized and being prepared go hand in hand. If a candidate is organized they will also be prepared. To prepare for an interview there a few things that must be accomplished. These are a few of the musts to prepare. Slipping up and forgetting any of the following can cost you the job.