“It doesn’t have to do with the job-seeker’s resume, clothes, age, nationality, price tag, patter, track record, or educational credentials. The people who get hired were people who came to the match-making process to learn more, not to please anyone.”
While your resume is important to get you in the door and your clothing is important to make a great first impression (and make sure the interviewer doesn’t write you off right away!), these aren’t the things that get you hired.
Based off of the information Liz Ryan gives us in her Forbes article, here are a few tips to help get you hired:
- Arrive a little early. Drive the route ahead of time, so you know exactly how long it will take you to get there. Arrive 5-10 minutes earlier than your interview time. Being late will guarantee your failure.
- Be genuinely curious about the position and company. Don’t ask questions just to show off that you have done research on the company. Instead, ask thoughtful questions that you honestly want the answer to.
- Show that you can make a difference in the company. Don’t be overly confident (i.e. “Your search is over!”), but make sure the HR manager gets the feeling that you truly feel that you would make a difference if hired. If you believe it, they’ll believe it.
- Ask questions that will help you decide if you want to be hired. An interview shouldn’t be a one-way street. When you get a chance to ask questions, it is your turn to interview the company. Take this chance to get to understand the opportunity being presented to you so you can decide whether or not it works for you. HR managers will see that you aren’t just looking for that “gold star” but are genuinely interested.
- Don’t try to convince them that you deserve the job. Don’t spend every ounce of your energy trying to fit the job or prove that you deserve it. If you truly fit, they will see it. The more you try, the less you will stand out. As Liz Ryan says “People who hire the most grovelly and fearful candidates are fearful people themselves. What can you learn from someone like that?”
- Let your personality shine. HR managers interview a lot of people at what time. At the end of the day, you don’t want your interviewer asking themselves “Did I meet that person?”
If you noticed a pattern in the 6 tips above, you aren’t crazy. The pattern is “be genuine”! If you truly want the job and you are truly interested in it for reasons other than the paycheck, following the 6 tips above will be easy, if not natural. When hiring managers get the feeling of a person who truly, truly wants the job… those people are often the ones who get hired.