Applying for a job might be one of the most challenging things to overcome as an adult, or as someone who wants to get a head start with their careers. The most important thing is to make a good impression firstly to get your foot in the door and be considered to progress unto the interview stage.
We interviewed HR specialists to see what they are looking for and here are some pointers to make a good first impression.
- A GOOD CURRICULUM VITAE WILL GO A LONG WAY
It all starts with that piece of paper. Traditional resume will likely be two pages long, detailed, and following a very traditional and formal format which would work if being considered for managerial or top level positions but nowadays, since millennials came in, a one pager CV, creative yet straight to the point, is now considered better. Although this is just the tip of the iceberg. According to Ms. Korina Cue, HR practitioner for five years, from a HR perspective, what really makes a CV standout are the candidate’s credentials, degree, work experience, and other technical aspects. It is also very important to make sure that everything that is written in your CV is accurate because recruitment will always find out if you are putting false information in your CV and this will show during your interview.
2. CONFIDENCE IS THE KEY
One recruitment shortlists you after paper screening or reviewing your CV, what comes next is the arduous interview process. During interviews, HR specialists can detect by the way you walk, sit, talk and even the way your eyes move if you are tense and anxious. Being tense and feeling anxious will just result to a bad interview. You won’t be able to think well hence you won’t be able to express yourself properly. Being confident with the way you talk and how you are dressed will translate in your interview and will most likely give you a positive result. Go into that interview with a mindset that “I will get this job.” If nerves have a tendency of getting the best of you, remember that the age-old adage “practice makes perfect” is timeless for a reason. Before your interview, rehearse with a friend or if you’re really shy, the mirror can be your best friend.
3. BE PREPARED – IN ALL POSSIBLE ASPECT!
Bringing your own pen is one of the many indications that you are prepared for an interview. Looking smart is another. Wear the most appropriate attire, fix your hair, and make sure you look professional. If you look good in your interview, you will feel more confident and will do better. But the most important aspect is researching about the company and the job you are applying for. Do not go into an interview without having any idea about the company you are applying for. In the first place, you should be applying for a company that you really want to work in. When employers see that you are prepared, from bringing that pen in the interview, looking good, and knowing important things about the company, you will surely move on to the next part of the process.
4. LET YOUR INTERVIEWEE KNOW THAT YOU ARE EXPERIENCED IN THE FIELD
Experience is VERY important when looking for a job. This is an essential aspect since employers are looking for someone who has a mastery in the field and knows what he/she is doing. During the interview, as much as possible, share your work-related experiences and let them know that they need you and that you are the right person for the position. If you are a fresh graduate with no work-related experience yet, according to Mr. Frederick Sanchez, HR generalist for 7 years, what will help a fresh graduate pass an interview are your college credentials. Good grades, being active in school activities, joining groups, and a good record will help you move on to the next hiring process. If by any chance you feel insecure about your academic standing, just exude high trainability by sharing experiences wherein you showed leadership, open-mindedness, and a knack for learning.
5. APPLY FOR A JOB THAT YOU REALLY LIKE, NOT A JOB THAT YOU NEED
Applying for a job because you need one and not because you want one, will get you nowhere. Don’t lie to yourself by saying that you applied for a specific job because you like the position because sooner or later, you will suffer. It is very difficult to do tasks that you really don’t like doing in the first place. This will translate in your outputs and performance. Look for a job that you like and where you can really show and use your skills. There is nothing more satisfying than going to work because you love your job and not just because you need to.
6. BE HONEST AND JUST BE YOURSELF
It is very important to be honest to your new potential employer since they will surely know when you are lying or providing them false information. Be honest as to why you left or are looking to leave your old job; provide accurate information about your accomplishments, awards, and experiences and simply be yourself. Show them who you really are because once you pass the interview process, you will soon be part of their team and you don’t want to be pretending to be someone else for the rest of your employment with them. Be authentic.
Now, get that job that you’ve been eyeing, and kick start your career. Make it happen!
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