It comes as no surprise that recruiters have become experts in recognizing the kinds of skills and behaviors that get results. So we decided to ask them what employers look for in a candidate, how they determine when it’s a good fit and what they want you to know before you apply.
1. Know your resume inside and out.
You might be asked to run through your resume
in detail, along with any number of behavioral and career development questions. Either way, you need to prepare to speak to the details, including:
- How did you get this position?
- What kinds of skills did you take away?
- Why did you leave?
- Can you explain this gap in your resume?
- What were your core responsibilities?
- How was your success measured?
2. Be well rested and well prepared.
Behavioral Event Interviewing (BEI) is a big part of today’s interview process because it offers insight into a candidate’s personality.
Preparing for something like this really just means having an awareness of your own strengths and weaknesses and presenting yourself in the best, most genuine way possible.
Get plenty of rest and give some thought to highlighting your best qualities. You can even write down your strengths and weaknesses before an interview, as well as ways to describe both.
3. Dress for the job you want.
Part of conducting yourself professionally is demonstrating an awareness of a company’s culture and what’s expected of you.
It also shows that you are prepared for anything. Even a full-time position or promotion.
4. Be confident in your abilities and skill set.
“There are a lot of people out there with transferable skills,” said one Randstad recruiter. “The specific job title on your resume may not match the job you are applying for, but you can certainly perform the job successfully.
Make sure you are using your cover letter
, email or in-person interview
to link your skills to requirements of a particular job description. Highlight examples where you were successful completing tasks related to what they are looking for.”
5. Show your interest.
You’d be surprised how often people sabotage their chances by acting disinterested.
Arrive on time.
A little early is even better. This shows a general respect for your interviewer’s time.
Put your phone away.
At this moment, few things are more important than the business at hand.
Practice articulating your skills and goals.
Effective communication can go a long way toward showing your interest.
“We always tell candidates to do their research and to have at least five questions prepared for a hiring manager,” said another Randstad recruiter. “Why is this position open? What does success look like in this role? Is there a training program and tell me about the compensation package?”
You don’t get a second chance at a first impression. But with a little preparation, you will shine the first time around.
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