JOB HUNT / 11 December 2018Qualities Graduates Should Possess While Applying for a Job
In today’s market, finding a job can be tough. Many candidates applying for the same jobs will ace the interview (just like you!) and this makes the hiring process very difficult. But have no fear -- here are 7 ways to set yourself apart from the competition and secure that dream job after you have completed the interview.
1. Get a Timeline
Ask the interviewer when you can expect to hear a decision. Knowing this information will help you regulate the follow-up. Asking about the next steps to take after your interview will ensure that you will be in contact again and will earn you some brownie points with the interviewer.
Tip: Don’t forget to repeat your name or hand a business card when you leave the interview room! This will help them remember you, it will help them see how professional you are and will give them a point of contact.
2. Write a Personalized Thank You Note
Thank you notes are not only sent after your birthday or holidays. A professional personalized thank you note will show that you value their time and show appreciation for the opportunity. A follow up thank you card is not only for manners but it will help boost your position. A thank you card is a great opportunity for you to show the company that they are on top of the priority list for you. As for the contents of the thank-you letter, keep it professional and brief. No need for a novel, you should have already covered most of what you had to say in the interview. If you did leave something important out, this is the time to briefly bring it up. You can also mention something specific that you talked about so that you can spark their memory and help with name recognition.
3. Be Punctual
If you say you will send the employer references the following morning, make sure you send them in the morning. Being punctual will demonstrate to them that you are serious about the job and responsible. This is a tone of the first impressions you have to make on your future employers so don’t start slacking now! Make sure you keep your promises and stay punctual.
4. Be Patient
Nobody likes when they are constantly being contacted and annoyed. Being patient may be hard but important. More than likely, you are not the only candidate for the job which means that the employer has a lot of information to sort through. Read this article for more tips on how to conduct an interview follow-up without being annoying.
Everyone knows the classic saying, “It’s not what you know, but who you know.” If you can, network and get to know people in your related industry to give yourself the upper hand. Tip: Yu can even follow up by tweeting their professional pages and adding something of value on their feeds. This will show that you are a helpful resource and that they are a priority.
6. Be Prepared
Oftentimes, companies will call back candidates for a second interview. Make sure you are checking your phone and email daily to confirm that you do not miss any important information from the company. No need to be stuck on your phone and computer but just make sure you check your email and phone at least a couple times a day.
7. Be Professional
This should be a no-brainer but always act in a professional manner. Even in the case that you don’t get the job, remain professional because they may reconsider or the other interviewer may turn the job down.
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