If you want to know what a job recruiter or hiring manager is looking for, why not just ask an expert? That’s what we did so you can get an inside look at some of the things that impress or turn off a potential employer.
Check out the job seeker dos and don’ts courtesy of DeLynn Senna, Executive Director of Robert Half Finance & Accounting. Follow these to letter, and you’ll greatly improve your chances of getting an offer letter.
- Apply to the right opportunities. Are you qualified for the role you are applying, and if so, do your resume and cover letter state why? What makes you stand out from the competition?
- Be prepared for the interview. Research the company and explore its website and social media presence. Here you will likely find priorities the business has set within the last 12 months, including hiring trends, acquisitions and new developments, all of which could come up during the interview. Your recruiter can also help you prepare. Being studious will show your future employer your eagerness and work ethic.
- Be courteous and professional. This pertains to everyone you come in contact with when interviewing at the company. Many times the decision maker will reach out to everyone you meet, including the receptionist, to solicit his or her opinion of you.
- Mirroring: Be aware of your tone and body language relative to the interviewer. Just don’t go overboard trying to match his or her movements.
- Don’t dress in unprofessional attire. Your first impression may be linked to how you’ll fit in with the company. Be modest with your attire – this is not the time to show your flair.
- Don’t get too personal. Tangential history about your work transitions or derogatory comments about past managers could negatively affect you. Give short, honest answers and move on to another topic.
- Don’t be late. Arrive timely – not 30 minutes early or one minute late but about 10 minutes in advance, unless you are advised to arrive even earlier to fill out an application.
- Don’t air your dirty laundry on social media. Once a potential employer does a search – all of those Tweets, Facebook comments and LinkedIn recommendations will come to light.
Think about the last few job meetings you’ve had — how on target were you based on Senna’s tips? If you’ve got some tweaking and practicing to do, get to it, and good luck!