If you’re currently on the recruitment ‘merry-go-round’, you may find yourself entering interview after interview, with no real idea of when you’ll land yourself in a new role. We’ve previously done a blog on how to make sure your job application actually gets read, but now I’m going to share my advice on how to increase your chances of getting a job offer during the interview process.
When you’re interviewing with a company, there’ll likely be a few people involved in the interview process who will all feedback to the decision maker. Whilst experience, qualifications and skills are important. Attitude and drive plays more of a role than you might initially believe. Culture ‘fit’ is becoming increasingly important as companies are putting a lot more focus on building an employer brand; so they’ll be looking at people with a personality and attitude to ‘further’ their culture.
Perfectly qualified candidates may miss out on some great opportunities simply because they’re not ‘team players’, lack innovation or they aren’t particularly interested in team days due to other commitments.
One of the simplest things you can do, but what so many good candidates miss, is be enthusiastic in your manner at interview. It’s easy to give good answers, but appear monotone in your approach. Tell stories of your accomplishments and achievements in the same way you would talk to a good friend. The idea is to leave a lasting impression on the potential employer. Surely a candidate who radiates energy and excitement about a potential new job will carry that into a company more than someone who just reads off a ‘script’.
Another crucial exercise to perform during an interview is to not just rattle off a list of accomplishments, state what you do, but also what you’ve done. Show some aptitude and display achievements and soft skills in a way that is applicable to the company you’re working for. Hiring managers will want to see what skills you have, but how you’ve used those skills for conversions, ROI and sales.
Lastly remember to have a ‘social media spring clean’. Google is advanced enough now to link your social media profiles to a Google search in your name, be aware hiring managers may do a spot check on you and look at your Twitter, Linked and even Facebook profile.