When seeking new employment, oftentimes it can feel like looking for a job is your new full time job! Signing up with job searching websites, researching hiring managers, writing cover letters- all of these practices can be exhausting, especially when you take into account how competitive the job market is today. In order to make yourself stand out, read through these five tips that can increase your chances for landing a new position.
- Do Your Research
Going into an interview unprepared is pretty much the kiss of death. Regardless of how knowledgeable you may be about the job, hiring managers want to know that you care enough about the position to do your homework and get some information together. Not researching the company prior to your interview demonstrates a lack of interest, which means that the company will happily continue the search until they find someone who is willing to do their research!
- Dress The Part
Dressing for Success is no joke- we live in a world where first impressions are important and has the potential to make or break your chances for obtaining a new position. Think about it- Interviewers are going to be more receptive to a candidate who understands the importance of a neat and clean appearance, which means preparing your interview outfit a few days in advance. Get that outfit dry cleaned and make sure your shoes are comfortable, yet professional. Avoid heavy makeup and perfume, and go easy on the jewelry. Otherwise, you run the risk of distracting the interviewer from being able to concentrate on your skills rather than your appearance.
- Ask The Right Questions
As your interview draws to a close, you’ll most likely be asked if you have any questions. This is another reason that doing your research is important! There’s nothing worse than complete silence after asking the candidate if they have any questions, as it demonstrates that you’re unprepared. Avoid questions about benefits and vacation time. Instead, inquire about how many people you’ll be assisting (or managing, depending on the position) what your daily responsibilities will be or something else related to the position.
- Body Language
This is another thing that may not seem important, however, positive body language is paramount! Eye contact, a firm handshake, and good posture are all important, as they express self confidence! If you aren’t confident in yourself, then how can you expect a hiring manager to be?
- Thank You
I cannot stress this enough- sending a thank you note post interview is one of the most important behaviors to adopt! Not only does it show courtesy, it also reiterates that you’re polite, interested in the job and want to acknowledge and express gratitude to the hiring manager who took time out of their day to meet with you. It could also give you an advantage over a candidate who may not have taken the time to do so.
By: Katie Artis Wise, Monarch Staffing