The time between jobs can be stressful. Both applying and interviewing for a new job can be overwhelming for some people. Especially if it’s not something you’ve had to do for some time. So, we’ve decided to compile a list of 9 top tips for getting hired into a new job.
To make it even easier for you, we’ve split this list into 2 parts. Pre-interview – helping you to prepare and make the most of applying for jobs. And During the interview – for tips and help on how to make a great impression at a job interview.
Sign Up for LinkedIn.
The first tip on this list is something that will take you no time at all but may become the difference between you getting the job or missing out.
It might not seem like much but having a pre-existing LinkedIn account will give you a great advantage going into an interview. As an employer can see all your previous employment, skills, and experience in one place. Yes, this should all be on your CV, but CV’s can be a slug to get through. With many employers opting to skim through these for certain parts.
Of course, you should still bring your CV to the interview. Several copies in fact. Have the URL to your LinkedIn account on there too. Make sure your profile picture is professional looking, and you have connections.
Having a LinkedIn account doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be hired, but this is advice that will only benefit you in the future. It’s another string to your bow. And it’ll help you to stand out against the candidates going for the job that doesn’t have an account.
Know Who You’re Applying To.
Knowing the ethics, morals, and general feel of the company will always impress a potential employer.
Once you know what the company stands for, you’ll be able to structure your approach around this. For example, if the business prides itself on outstanding customer service, make sure you focus on this in your CV or cover letter. Share stories of how you’ve given exceptional customer service. Show the employer that you understand how the company stands, and how you’ll be the perfect fit for them.
Remember that this will also help if you’re successful in landing the job. Nobody likes to be hired into a company or position that’s a far cry from what they were expecting.
If you’re only applying for one job at a time, you’re setting yourself up to fail.
We’re not saying you should apply for every job you can find online. But what we are saying is that you should apply to those that you’re interested in and feel you’d be an asset to. If you’re relying on one job application and you’re unsuccessful, you’ve wasted time in waiting.
Our advice is to apply for a handful of positions at any given time. This will give you a better chance of finding employment, whilst also ensuring you don’t waste any time waiting to hear back from one or two positions.
What do you do when your job application for a company you really want to work for is declined?
If the job listing is still available after a period, our advice is to re-apply.
Re-structure your CV in a way that you think may be better suited for the position. Re-write your cover letter and re-apply. It may simply have been a case of someone not seeing your CV. And, before you know it, you’ve been hired to work at your dream company.
Rejection is a part of job application. Sometimes employers don’t see every CV in time. The truth is that you may never know why you were unsuccessful the first time around. But nothing is stopping you trying again and proving why you’d be the best person in the available position.
Research the Company.
Showing that you understand what exactly the company does will always put you on the front foot. As, believe it or not, many applicants will fail to do this.
We’re not expecting you to enter the interview with an essay of knowledge about the company. However, our advice is to research enough about the company and the job position available to answer questions about it. As the interviewer or employer may want to see how passionate you are about the position available. If you simply turn up prepared to talk about yourself, you’re already losing out to someone who has done their research.
Once again, this advice may be what gets you hired over someone with the same skillset and experience as yourself but has failed to do their research.
During the Interview.
Dress for the Job.
This seems like simple advice, but it’s something that should always take priority when entering an interview.
When you’re invited to an interview, you will likely be given a dress code for the interview. If it’s not mentioned, you can always ask. Knowing the difference between casual, smart-casual, and smart could define how the interview goes.
And remember, if you happen to be lucky enough to get hired on the spot, our advice is to double-check the dress code for the job itself. Ask questions and confirm that the clothing you have available is suitable for the job. “I have this at home, do you think this would be ok?” is a suitable question if you’re offered the job at the interview. It’s better to ask and get it right than to not ask and come dressed inappropriately.
Ability can be learned, but a personality is hard to change.
When companies are looking to hire a new employee, it comes down to more than just skills and experience. Often, employers are looking for someone who can fit into their team and learn the skills required for the position. Because of this, it’s important to always be yourself.
Our tip here is to answer questions honestly, let your personality show, and be yourself. You’d be surprised how often employers will overlook a slight lack of skills in favour of a personality that fits into their team.
This tip will benefit you massively when you’re hired into a position. By being yourself in the interview, you’re more likely to fit into the new position quicker.
Make Negatives your Positives.
No candidate is perfect. Everybody has negatives. What will make you stand out from the other applicants is your ability to turn these into positives.
Some people may tell you not to highlight your negatives. However, our advice is to highlight your negatives as positives. For example, a lack of experience means you can learn how to do the job perfectly with no pre-existing bad habits.
On the surface, this tip may seem confusing. But with some practice and thought, this can be the difference between an unsuccessful interview and being hired.
Show the potential employer that you’re listening and responsive.
Eye contact, answering questions clearly, and even asking questions all show that you’re engaged during the interview.
This advice is universal when it comes to job interviews, but we felt the need to highlight it anyway. It shows the employer that you’re present, listening, and not distracted. All elements that will prove useful for any job role available.