Everyone hopes to make the right impression when they’re applying for a job.
But how, exactly, can you do that? What can you do to clearly demonstrate you have the experience and skills for the job? Especially at a time when competition for jobs is so intense?
If you’re looking for a job, it’s important to understand what interviewers – whether you’re talking to a temporary employment agency recruiter or the employer itself – consider when reviewing each candidate as a total package. Here are three areas interviewers rate you on:
Enthusiasm: A “can-do” attitude is paramount. No one is going to hire a candidate with a lackluster attitude about working for the company. Make sure your enthusiasm comes through in your communication, from your cover letter, phone interview, in-person interview, to the thank-you note.
Communication Skills: Strong communication skills are always important. Your ability to tell the story of your career, what you have to offer and how it can contribute to your future employer’s success has to come through if you want to make the right impression.
Remember that a key part of communicating effectively has to do with intonation and body language. When your voice exhibits excitement and you’re leaning forward and making eye contact, that is stressing to the interviewer you’re communicating something of importance.
The Right Mix of Skills: Know what’s a deal-breaker every single time? Interviewing someone who has no idea what the job is about. So make sure you’ve studied the job posting, researched the company online, and know what they are looking for and how you can contribute.
When answering interview questions, try to think about the “Experience + Learn = Grow” model to give examples of your key skill sets in action. That means using telling the interviewer about an experience related to the question, talking about what you learned from the experience, and how you grew from it professionally.
The more prepared you are for the job interview, the more confident you will be.
There’s more to this, but you get the idea. The right combination of these qualities will help persuade the interviewer you’re the right fit for the job and the company’s culture.