You are here. On the job market. Please allow me to be your tour guide on your quest for employment. I’m willing to disclose some tips and tricks that I look for in a candidate as a recruiter at MultiView.
We’ll start from the beginning: the resume.
- This is going to sound incredibly obvious, but a silly mistake I see ALL THE TIME—Spellcheck. Your. Resume. Duh. I can’t take you seriously if you can’t spell your major, much less your name, correctly.
- Clearly define your objective—and tailor it for the job you’re applying for. Listen, I know when you’re on the job market you might apply for positions in 89 different fields. This means you need 89 versions of your resume. Sorry.
- Before your interview, research the company and the position you are being considered for. I can guarantee one of the first questions you will be smacked with is, “What do you know about MultiView?” (or ABC XYZ Company) Know the answer.
- By doing your research, you probably came up with some super-intellectual questions, right? Write ‘em down! Take ‘em with ya! Ask away. We (recruiters) love questions. It means you’re prepared and interested in the role we are hiring for.
- This one’s important: don’t be too nervous! I want to know about your qualifications and how great you are, but you don’t have to lose your personality. Being engaging and likable is half the battle.
- I shouldn’t have to tell you to dress professionally, but I just did.
If it’s a phone interview.
- The above rules still apply. Except the dress-code—I don’t care what you’re wearing (and please don’t tell me).
- Find a quiet place where I (the recruiter) can have your full attention. This is not your desk at your current job. This is not at a playground. This is not while you’re driving.
So, there you have it. Let me hear your interview advice in the comments!