5 Ways To Boost Your Odds Of Getting A New Job

It feels great getting a response to your resume and cover letter, but you shouldn’t relax just yet. There’s still a lot of work to be done if you want to land that coveted new job.

The following tips will help you significantly boost your odds of getting the job you want.

1.      Focus on fitting the company culture

Employers can’t take a risk on someone who might not fit into their existing team. If you feel like you do fit with the company culture as you understand it, you need to convey that fit.

During the interview, talk about values you have in common with the organization, such as a passion for tradition or love of the local community. It’s also important to show enthusiasm and interest in the company’s mission.

2.      Be Careful of What You Say and Do While Waiting

If you find yourself waiting in the reception area before an interview, you might be tempted to check Facebook on your phone or watch YouTube videos. It’s important to consider that you are being assessed from the moment you walk in the front door and scrolling through your phone might be seen as a lack of seriousness.

Instead of distracting yourself, use your waiting room time to go over any materials you brought with you or look over any informational materials the company may have laid out in reception. Also, be polite to the receptionist and anyone else you meet while waiting for the interview to start.

3.      If you’re switching jobs or unemployed, explain why

Whether you are looking to leave your current employer or you’re unemployed, it’s critical that you can say why you are seeking a new job in a positive manner, even if you have nothing good to say about your current or last job.

Steer clear of getting personal and leave the emotional baggage at home. Keep your response straightforward, positive and future-oriented.

4.      Connect with your interviewer(s)

We tend to like with people who remind us of ourselves. Therefore, it’s important to establish a rapport with your interviewer. LinkedIn and Google make it easy to learn about your interviewer and find commonalities, such as a shared an alma mater which you can mention early in the interview.

Knowing information about themselves is out on social media, most interviewers won’t find comments about sports teams or schools offensive. You should, however, avoid mentioning anything personal, such as the interviewer’s children or vacation photos on Facebook.

5.      Follow Up

At the end of the interview, ask about a timeframe for when you should expect to hear something about your candidacy. If that timeframe has passed and you haven’t heard anything, you should contact the business and ask about your status. While you may annoy a busy hiring manager, most people will appreciate your perseverance and interest, if your follow-up contact is courteous and brief.

At LTI, we help job seekers get a leg up on the competition, connecting them to best-fit job opportunities. Please contact us today to find out how we can help you job search.