Follow These Tips to Impress Your Recruiter and Get the Job!

Recruiters shift through dozens and dozens of applications, often for just a single job opening. Job seekers can do themselves a massive favor by taking steps to catch the eye of a recruiter and impress them in any number of ways.

Learn how to stand out from the crowd, make a great impression and get that job you really want!

Be selective

When a recruiter sees an application that clearly doesn’t fit what they are looking for, it goes straight into the ‘no’ pile. To even be considered, you should at least have the core skills necessary and be within the ballpark for level of experience. If you want to apply to a job because it’s involves the type of work you want to try out, or think you think you’d like, don’t waste your time.

If you can’t reasonably match your qualifications to the job description, you won’t stand much of a chance. Research has shown each application gets reviewed for less than a minute. This means you make an immediate and obvious connection between your background and the job.

Emphasize your strengths

From your resume to your cover letter to your interview performance, you need to be emphasizing the aspects of your skills and experience that are most relevant to the job you are seeking. For instance, your resume should have your most impressive accomplishments prominently featured.

Impress everyone on staff

When going in for an interview, be sure to treat everybody you come across professionally and with respect. The receptionist will give their impressions of you to the hiring manager, as will your potential co-workers. While it’s simply good manners to be nice to strangers, each person can assess you and you don’t want to ruin your chances of getting the job by making a bad joke or being dismissing of someone who seems unimportant.

Focus on fit

The real intent behind an interview is not to determine if you should be offered a job on the spot. It’s to assess your competency, confidence level and capacity fit into the company’s larger goals and mission. If you can convey this to your interviewer, you’ll likely be asked back for a second interview, and possibly a job offer.

Follow up

After the interview, it’s crucial to follow up with a thank-you email. A thank-you email is also a chance to both reiterate your strengths and address any minor concerns from the interview. For instance, if you don’t have the exact experience the company is looking for, but you know you’d be great in the job, your thank-you email could mention that you’ve been educating yourself in order to close that skills gap.

At LTI, we help connect job seekers to the best-fit opportunities for their career. Please contact us today to find out how we can help you.