Looking for a job is probably either one of the most exciting parts in our career or one of the hardest. It’s hard to look for a job and get hired especially with today’s economic situation. There are still lots of opportunities out there however, it is very common that majority of the applicants don’t get hired and some for very specific reasons.
The top on the list would be qualifications. This is the top priority in most companies since depending on the line of business, the educational background and previous work experience should be suitable for the job. If you’re a full time IT professional and had no background in medicine at all, it’s most likely that you won’t get hired as a medical representative or almost every other medicine related jobs.
It’s always best to look for jobs that are suitable for your experience and skills. Educational background is also important but there are some companies that prefer skills over them. Which is, in my opinion, is more practical. Having a degree doesn’t mean that he/she is better for the job compared to the other person who doesn’t have one and vice versa.
The next one would be your written presentation. How did you present yourself in your resume? Did it really show what you are capable of depending on the job you’re applying for? Creating a suitable resume is just as important as the interviews and exams. Make it complete but short. Resumes that do not have good formatting may confuse the employers and they may not consider it initially.
Another aspect of presentation would be how you present yourself in front of the employer. Are you dressed appropriately? Are you wearing a shirt on an application for a managerial position? It does help to be presentable since you are trying to make a good impression. I’ve seen someone who was wearing jeans and a shirt (at least it has collars but still…) and on our contract signing, he wasn’t there even though he was bragging about his qualifications. It does show that you respect the company as well and show that you really are serious about applying for that job.
And just an addition but just as important, an applicant should be confident. You should only be worried if you really have something to worry about. But if you know you have the skills, take confidence in yourself and you can breeze through that interview. Be honest as well. Not only will help you in the long run but being honest will make it easier for you to answer. It’s fine to get nervous but try to keep it straight all throughout. It is often recognizable between one who’s just nervous and one that’s lying.
The next one would be the skills assessment. Some companies do screenings if an applicant is suitable for the job by doing some simulations or written exams. If the applicant passes, then he/she moves on to the next part of the process, but if not, then he/she won’t be hired.
Looking for a job is very difficult if you’re not prepared and now that companies are really choosing best among its pool of candidates, always be at your best and be honest.