On average, most employers interview two to four candidates for an open job before making their final decision.
How to you prove to them that you’re the right person for the job?
Your resume – it needs to be completed with your accomplishments, successes and skills necessary to do the job. Be specific with results, stats and how you contributed. It’s important that you tailor your resume to the job description. Focus on the skills that you have that they need. Make it easy for the employer to see you’re a fit.
Cover letter – a great way to start your introduction is to write a well written cover letter highlighting your talents. See our blog post on cover letters to ensure you write one that makes you stand out.
Be a great communicator – during your interviews it’s vital that you are able to articulate why you’re the right person. Your responses need to give them a sense of your background but also need to be concise, no rambling, please. You need to be a mix of personable and professional. The goal is to make them like you while also seeing you as part of their team. Other ways to be a good communicator includes timely responses to emails and phone calls. Note: if you have a weird voice mail message change it so that’s it is more professional during the job search.
Be prepared – Check out their website, look for articles to find information so that you’ve thoroughly researched the company. This makes it easier to ask questions and show your interest in being part of their culture. Other ways to be prepared is to practice some of your responses to common interview questions like ‘tell me about yourself’ and how you plan on discussing your accomplishments.
Fit in – Show them during the in-person interview that you are the kind of person who will acclimate quickly to the company’s culture and fit in.
By taking steps during each stage of the hiring process, you make it easier for the employer to see that you are the right person for the job.