Job hunting can
be a soul-bruising exercise. From wondering if you gave the “right” answers in
your interview to the seemingly endless wait to hear if you impressed an
employer enough to earn a chance to go through it all again at a second
interview, the process offers plenty of opportunities to doubt yourself.
when the interview is over, the process is out of your hands. It’s too late to
worry if you were too brief or not brief enough, too late to add something you
left out. Countless random things could have an impact on your chances – the
firm already had someone internal lined up for the job; you happen to look like
someone the interviewer doesn’t like; your solid qualifications cause them to
think you won’t accept their offer – and there’s nothing you can do about any
worrying about that. Don’t get stuck waiting for closure on your last
application and interview. Instead, focus your energy on the things you can control – your next application and
interview. Here are three factors you have control over that can have a
significant impact on you getting hired:
Preparation: Every hire is an investment for
an employer (training time, salary, benefits, and more) and they want their
investment to pay off. By exploring beyond the job post – reading the company’s
website, searching for news about them online, and seeking out friends who have
worked there – you can ask questions that show you’ve done your research, and
that could be the factor that convinces them to invest in you.
Proofreading: A typo won’t automatically
disqualify you from a job, but it will give the impression that you don’t pay
attention to details. This includes errors that spell-checkers won’t catch,
such as using “their” instead of “there.” In a competitive job market, a typo
can give your competition an edge, so have a friend (or two) take a look at
your resume. They might catch something you’ve missed.
Presentation: Courtesy and professionalism
play a huge part in making a positive first impression. We can’t control
whether a person likes us or doesn’t, but we can make sure they don’t make
their judgment based on a limp handshake, not thanking them for their time,
interrupting them, or speaking poorly of a former employer. You can be
yourself, but be the best-behaved version of yourself.
a job is stressful enough without worrying about things you can’t control.
Instead, focus on the things that will give employers a reason to choose you.