Introduction: How To Get A Job & Crush The Job Interview
Today, we’re touching on how to get a job and crush the job interview process using 21 power packed tips! If you have little to no experience don’t let that bring down your hopes, because once you apply these 21 tips, you’ll be ready and prepared to crush your job interview and land the job. We’ll touch on practical tips along with changing your thought process to prepare you mentally to face the mountain that is “The Job Interview”. After you’ve landed the job…now it’s time to start planning on how to save and budget! Being an adult…Gotta love it!
On With The Tips
Tips 1-21 on how to get a job and crush the job interview...Hold on to your horses, here we go! Read em' and weep...of joy from all of the valuable information, of course!
#1: Prepare Mentally For Your Job Search
Starting a job search is one of the most stressful
events people encounter in life. Mental preparation is crucial before starting your job search. Whether you're fresh out of high-school, college, or simply changing careers, a new job can be stressful (this includes job searching) and you'll need to prepare mentally to perform optimally. Start out by setting apart time to reflect on where you are in life and accept that it is now time to transition into the opening of a new chapter. Take a long walk and detox your mind of negativity or judgment from friends or family. Try taking a jog or bike ride and reflect on all of the good qualities you have that your employers can benefit from. Doing this will help boost your confidence and make your performance better for your journey on how to get a job and crush your job interview.
#2: Know The Field You Want To Work In
Now that you've had a chance to detox your brain, you got to be positive that this is where you want to be. Understand the responsibilities and stress that come along with the type of job your applying for. Do your research and see what others have to say about the field. Some fields of work require more mental stress and can be exhausting. For example, farmers, electricians and real estate job positions are among the highest suicide rate jobs out there.
So, we repeat, make sure you know the field you want to work in. If you get hired, then have new-job-remorse, it could come back to haunt if you leave your job in a jiffy (especially if you do it without a heads up to your new to be old boss.)
#3: Research The Companies You'd Like To Work For
Now that you know the field you'd like to work in, it's time to do an online search for companies that offer jobs in the field you want to work in. Set your expectations high, but not so high that you'll be crushed. Identifying the needs of the companies you'd like to work for will help set your expectations for what you'll be doing. Luckily for you, during the job search process, most employers will create a list of responsibilities associated with the job position. Make sure to look over these carefully. Do research on the company and find out the benefits that are linked to working with companies X, Y, and Z that you'd like to work for.
#4: Execute A Tactical Strategy
Executing a strategy is one of the most important steps in the process. This is the part you want to pay attention to. You now know what 'said company' is looking for in a new hire, so it's time to embody those qualities. This is assuming that you have the qualities (if you don't, do everything in your power to get them). Make sure that your resume is built around everything that they are looking for in a new hire. Search for keywords to use during your interview process. For example, if you are trying to get hired in the nursing field, you'd use words that the hiring manager wants to hear, such as "I want to help others & save lives". If you're applying for a receptionist position, you'd say something like "I'm friendly, professional and love talking with people".
#5: Network With Others
Networking with others is like creating bridges that lead to somewhere where people want to be. It doesn't matter how you network, but just do it. Some common places to network are Facebook groups, volunteering, conferences and more
. By networking you begin to build those bridges that lead to the places you'd like to be hired to. Don't underestimate the power of networking. For shy people or introverts, this may be a little more difficult. We'd recommend trying to network with those that you already know. This may include teachers, friends, family. Do this, and you'll be one step closer to employment & crushing the "Job Interview" process.
#6: Setup Online Job Search Profiles
By setting up job search accounts, you'll open up your resume and skills to potential employers. Doing this will help boost the chances of you landing employment in the field your aiming for. It's kind of like fishing...the more lines you have in the water, the more likely you are to catch a fish. Some of the more popular job search companies to set up profiles with are indeed.com
, and careerbuilder.com
. Set up the account profiles and get ready to start submitting them.
#7: Know Your Strengths & Weaknesses
Almost every hiring recruiter will ask you this question and it's important to know how to answer it. But, before actually answering the question, you've got to understand what the recruiter is really asking. What they really want to know is: Are you able to acknowledge your weaknesses, and are there any weaknesses that will interfere with your work performance. For example: If your running for governor, and you've got a weakness with public speaking, that could be a big problem. Instead, when a recruiter asks this, try answering with a weakness that you can acknowledge that will not interfere with your work performance. For Example: A person with a weakness in public speaking shouldn't alarm recruiters hiring for a labor positions. One thing is for sure...BE READY WITH AN ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION. As for strengths, make sure that this answer benefits the business that is recruiting. Example: A web design recruiter may look for a strength in creativity and and eye for detail.
#8: Identify Assets You Bring To The Company You're Applying For
When your doing a job search, it's important to identify the goods that you bring to the table...so to speak. How or why will the hiring company benefit from hiring you? Usually one of the best ways to complete the puzzle for job seekers and employers is to identify the needs of the company and emphasize these strengths to yourself. Bring up your confidence levels by embodying what it is the hiring company is looking for. This way, once your interviewing, the recruiter will discover in you a piece to their missing puzzle.
#9: Customize Resume To The Needs Of The Field You're Applying For
Not everyone is great at the technical things that job recruiters look for in a resume. If grammar and punctuation isn't "your thing", you might consider having someone create a professional resume and cover letter for you
. If you decide to "DIY" your resume, make sure that everything on it is relevant to the company you're applying for. The last thing the recruiter is interested in is your high school awards for your baseball team when your applying for a zoo keeping position. Instead you might add awards or accolades given for volunteer work at a veterinary hospital. It's extremely important to do this for every part of your resume, structuring it to the needs of the employer.
10: Submit Many Applications
Don't stick with just one or two applications when hunting for work. Searching for employment is like "fishing" for someone who is going to give you work. It's marketing for recruiters to find interest in the services or skills offered. You will be selling yourself and the services you bring in every application sent. Because of this, sending out multiple job applications is utterly one of the most important parts of the search for employment. Doing this will increase your chances of being hired substantially. Send out several applications per day until the right opportunity comes along.
#11: Follow Up A Few Days After Submitting Your Application
Employers will more often than not, hire those who are following up on a application submission than those who aren't. Putting in applications is only the first half of successfully landing employment. The recommendation is to follow up after 3-5 days of submitting an application. By doing this, job hunters will show employers interest in the position and it will tell recruiters that they are goal oriented and driven. For Recruiters, hiring these employment seekers filters out the uninterested applicants and makes finding employees easier.
After long hours and many application submissions, it's time to get ready for the job interview. This part, assuming the other steps have been followed, should be easy. Nonetheless, every step afterward should be given special attention. The interview process is here, and It's Go Time.
#12: Faith & Deeds To Believe & Achieve
Believing you can do something has more power than many people would like to give credit. This is something that is very familiar though for the successful people in life. By believing in something or simply having faith, the successful people in life have been able to innovate, inspire and bring about change. The mind is a very powerful tool. People in the past have even believed themselves to death
. So simply going into the interview process with faith can produce confidence which will be evident...so evident, it might land you a job! Have faith and take action, these are the ingredients to success.
#13: Practice Interview Question For Your Field
When preparing for the interview process, it's important to do some online research for common interview questions asked in a certain field. Every field is different, and some interview questions are a little more difficult than others. By doing your research, you can be ready for any curve balls the interviewers may throw your way.
#14: Dress For The Occasion
This should be a given, but sometimes people simply miss this one. For females, make sure the clothing is appropriate and not too revealing. Otherwise, you may send the wrong message to recruiters. Earrings or jewelry should not be too loud or "in-your-face". You never want the focus of the person interviewing you to look at or identify anything other than your skills. Anything that is a distraction outside of what is appropriate for their setting can hurt you. Men, make sure you are professionally dressed and dress for the occasion. Do not show up to a cleaning position dressed in a tuxedo. Overall, just do your research. Maybe even try stopping by the location to see how people are dress and mimic what is acceptable for that company.
#15: Prepare All Documents (Resumes & Cover Letters) Have Extras
Make sure to have plenty of resumes and cover letters prepared just in case there are several interviewers sitting in for the interview. In addition, have all documents you'll need prepared in a folder in case it is requested. You don't want to be "that guy" who shows up to an interview to a pizza delivery position, without their drivers license *cough cough*.
#16: Get There On Time
Call in ahead of time to know where the interview room will be. By doing this, you'll seem interested and look way more prepared than your competition. Getting there a minute or two late won't always hurt you, but you'll definitely have to make up for it. When I first started as a teller at a well known bank, I showed up late by just a few minutes (I couldn't find the place #know-where-the-interview-location-will-be). I was extremely confident and got lucky to still get the job. For every minute your late, you'll have to make up for it twice as hard with skills and confidence. Save the hassle and get there on time. Call in ahead of time to know where the interview room will be. By doing this, you'll seem interested and look way more prepared than your competition.
#17: Remember That You Are Marketing & Branding Yourself
Be engaging during the interview process and do everything you think they'd love to see in a future employee. Be sure to smile, ask questions and not be so stiff. Remember that during this entire job search process you've marketed yourself. Now it's time to make it all count. Tell the recruiters everything that you bring to the table and do it with a genuine smile and confidence that doesn't come off as unpleasant. Keep in mind that your dress code will also represent an image that you uphold.
#18: Don't Be Or Sound Robotic
Plenty of useful advice has been given here, but be sure not to stick to it 100%. Don't be afraid to have a bit of an edge that will make you stand out. All of the advice given is simply an outline that will help you, but If you stick to all of the advice given 100%, and are afraid to step outside of the boundaries just a bit, you could wind up freezing up during the interview. Robots are programmed to do specific tasks. You don't want to seem robotic, or sound robotic. Try your best to be genuine and authentic. People can usually read through phony responses such as "My biggest weakness is I work too hard" or " I am an overachiever".
#19: Ask Employers Questions
You should have a list of questions prepared for beginning the interview process. Research 3-5 things that spark your curiosity and ask about them. Do not ask about compensation EVER ( it's their job to bring it up, or it should have shown up some time before the interview- if it hasn't, then do ask). It never sounds good. Instead ask questions about the position that show interest. See example questions to ask employers.
#20: Interview Follow Up
The interview is over and your mind has eased up just a bit, but don't stop just there. Just like you followed up for the application submission, you've also got to follow up on the interview. This tells them again that your interested and helps again filter out the less interested, leaving employers with options like yourself...the cream of the crop. Don't skip this step, it's one of the most important ones to follow. Ignore it, and you might just lose the opportunity for employment.
#21: Send A Thank You Email & Thank You Letter
After 3-5 days from the interview, sending out a thank you email will get them thinking about you. It is all about the process of marketing your own self/brand. Catch them off guard and thank them for their time. Doing this can help them remember you even more. The more they have you in mind, the more likely they will be to hire you on. Each time you take one of these steps your moving up in the ranks, filtering out less likely candidates. Try sending a hand written thank you letter (priority mail) if you want to spruce it up and go-all-out.
If you apply these 21 tips on how to get a job and crush the job interview process, you're are nearly guaranteed to get hired! Simply put, apply yourself by preparing, believing and taking action, and you'll be hired in no time!...
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