The ins and outs of why people get hired

interviewingIt’s very important for graduates to submit an eye-catching application, which reflects their skills, qualifications and interests. Here’s how to do so…

Understand what the organisation needs

Have a clear understanding of what is required by the organisation you are applying to. Check carefully that you have submitted everything they have asked for, such as a cover letter, resume and any accompanying documents.

Next, carry out your own research into how the organisation handles the recruitment process. For example, do they schedule video-based interviews or conduct their assessments in person? Also try to find out what kind of questions they ask, for example do they use using case studies, IQ-based questions or behavioural analyses?

Once you know all this, you will be able to prepare yourself and work on your presentation skills, critical thinking and analytical techniques.

Work on your skills

Work on your skills to find out what you can really do and how you can shine. Also see how you can match your skills up with your previous work experience, both in university and in any internships you may have completed.

Remember, skills learnt through solid work experience mean a lot. Work experience can be gained from academic activities or in a business-based role. Don’t just rely on academic qualifications, as these may not be enough in the face of more pro-active competition.

Make your resume both accurate and precise

A well written resume shows that you are good at planning and presenting your case. Your cover letter should be the first point of evidence showing your effective planning and presentation skills, not to mention your ability to organise data. You can further emphaises your strengths in these areas by highlighting the points in your CV that reveal your communication and research abilities.

Show how you are unique by describing specific accomplishments and personality traits. It’s important to do this because employers have to sift through hundreds of applications and you want yours to stand out amongst all the others.

How to behave in your interview

Even the most confident people can get nervous during interviews. Relax and trust in your abilities. Find out what the company culture is like by paying close attention to what’s happening around you while you are sitting in the lobby. Never be afraid of losing out – if you are meant to get the job you will, and knowing this will help you remain confident and calm.

Always follow up after an interview

Follow up the interview by sending a short thank you email. Communicate in a professional manner and make sure they know you are still keen to be considered for the job.

In conclusion, you can improve your interview performance  by looking for new challenges and skills to add to your resume and by staying positive and happy. Never lose hope; success usually comes to those who are not afraid of hard work.

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