10 Expert Top Tips to Get Yourself Hired Faster.
Let’s face it, nobody likes the interview process. It can be long, draining, and often leave you feeling deflated when things don’t go your way.
Now, we as recruiters know how this process can make you feel. We also know that you’d rather the whole process be over sooner rather than later. That’s where today’s list comes into play, as today, we’re going to give you 10 tips to help improve your CV, the way you come across, the way you dress, and more, all to help you get the job.
So, without further ado, let’s get into it, starting with:
1. Refine Your CV.
In a recent blog, we spoke about refining and changing your CV for each role you apply for. If you’re looking to be effective with your time and find a role sooner rather than later, we advise you to check out that blog. The long and short of it? Make sure your CV is relevant for the role you’re applying for.
2. Do Your Research.
From where the business operates to who will be interviewing you, do your research. The more you understand the company, the more it shows how dedicated you are. Of course, considering you may be speaking to the next person to pay your wages, they want to show you care for your work, and doing your research will help reinforce that idea.
3. Keep Applying.
Just because you’ve applied for 2 jobs today, it doesn’t mean you should give yourself a bit of a rest. Because why apply for 2 a day when you can apply for 3? And why apply for 3 when you can apply for 4? Despite what people say, there is work out there. You just have to look (and apply) for it.
4. Set-Up/Refine Your LinkedIn Profile.
With many interview processes moving online, many roles now ask for you to go through job application portals before they’ll consider your application. Often, these ask for social media links, of which a LinkedIn account more than counts. Not only this, but it allows for colleagues and other professionals to connect with you, as well as sing your praises for potential new employers to see.
5. Prepare Interview Clothes.
Don’t leave it until the last minute to find yourself a suit or smart dress. Equally, as well as sourcing appropriate interview clothes, don’t leave it until the last minute to make sure they’re clean and washed. Prepare them well in advance, and prepare a backup in case they no longer fit, or you have any last-minute food-based accidents that will stain your lovely white shirt.
6. Understand Video Interviews.
Video interviews are becoming more and more popular (for obvious reasons), and they’re likely going to stick around for some time. So, make yourself familiar with them, and get yourself an appropriate setup. Headphones or earphones that are comfortable (a microphone attachment isn’t a bad idea, either), a quiet and well-lit space to sit, and a webcam are all must-haves. After all, you don’t want to miss out on the job due to the fact your interviewer couldn’t hear or see you.
7. Be Yourself.
When you’re being interviewed, it’s common for interviewers to assess if you’d be a good fit for a role not in terms of skill, but in terms of personality. After all, a person can be trained to do a job correctly, but a person can’t be trained to fit in with a group of personalities. So, with that said, be yourself. If you’re not fully qualified for the role, be honest and say so. Because, not only will it be awkward if you lie about your qualifications and get found out on your first day, but you’ll soon realise you’ve made the right choice when you fit into the team perfectly and hit the ground running.
8. Understand that Negatives Can be Positives.
There is no perfect candidate for any role, and there will always be negatives and positives to each and every candidate. So, don’t be too disheartened if you don’t get the job. Rather, ask for feedback as to why you weren’t successful, and turn that into a positive. You weren’t qualified enough? Perhaps look into slightly different roles to apply for. Someone else showed a better portfolio? Change up your showcase. Another candidate interviewed better? Practice your interviewing skills. Trust us, every negative is not a negative, rather, it’s a positive in the rough. You just have to know how to turn it into a positive for the next job you apply for.
9. Keep Applying (Again).
You didn’t get the job you applied for? That’s a shame. Do you know what would help ease that pain? Getting yourself a job you love that pays well and makes you happy. How will you get that? By applying for more jobs. That’s right, it’s the ol’ hair of the dog approach. Full disclosure, this point does not contain any hair, fur, or dogs for that matter. Simply get back on it, apply for more jobs, and the disappointment you feel when being rejected will soon be forgotten.
10. Know Your Worth.
Our last point is to understand what you’re worth and not to undersell yourself Do your research, because you may well be asked how much you expect to earn in a role being advertised. If you’ve not done your research for similar roles or people with your experience, you may end up looking foolish, either asking for too much, or not enough.
There you go, 10 expert top tips to get yourself hired faster! If you’ve got any questions, leave them below, and an expert will answer them as best they can!
Thanks for reading, and good luck at your next interview.