There are some key factors to remember when applying for a job. Here are a few tips to ensure you’re representing yourself to a prospective employer in the best way possible.
Don’t Focus on Negatives
There are many people who will go into a job interview, and then proceed to talk about why they were fired from their last job or why they haven’t been working recently. You don’t want to do that for one main reason - it paints a bad picture in the employer’s mind.
When you’re in an interview, you’re spending a limited amount of time talking about yourself. So, it would make sense to spend as much time as possible explaining why you’re a good choice in a positive, yet polite, manner. This means that, if you spend a large chunk of the interview talking about negative parts of yourself, you can end up looking like you have low self-confidence or that you’re making excuses for bad behavior. You can also appear to be unqualified for the position. Try to look at the interview process from the employer’s point of view. Would you want to hire someone who is down on themself and making excuses for their previous actions? The answer is no in most cases. At the same time though, if they ask you directly about your employment history, answer accurately. Just don’t go out of your way to talk about it.
Don’t Be Bland, Be Qualified
You’re going to have a lot of competition in most cases when applying for a job. A very common mistake that people make when applying for a job with a resume is listing their previous job experience or education without talking about any achievements they’ve made. If it’s a relatively normal job, the employer is likely to receive a lot of applicants. That means that they’re going to have many resumes and job histories that are also bland.
The goal is to try and stick out from the crowd and appear to be valuable to their business. When listing achievements, they don’t have to be monumental. Just make sure that you talk something that makes you seem special. It helps significantly if you tailor your resume for the job you’re applying for. Name achievements that are relevant to the position or explain what they mean and how they would relate to the position you’re applying for. It’s never a good idea to apply for a job that you’re not qualified for though. Be honest when you submit your resume. If you’re not, the best-case scenario is that you get the job but you cannot perform up to expectations and are let go.
Be Likable but Professional
Being likable is extremely important during the hiring process. It involves smiling during your job interview and maintaining good eye contact. You should be agreeable but also confident. You don’t want to come off as over zealous or uninterested. Make sure that you’re not being overly casual. You want to maintain professionalism while being friendly.
While there are other things to keep in mind during the job application process, these are fundamentally important. If you follow these guidelines, you’re one step closer to getting the job you’re applying for.