4. Apply quickly:
If you are at all interested in a position you have found, make sure you apply immediately. The longer you wait, the more applications they will receive, and the less chance they will make it to your application
5. Follow up on each application:
Ensure that you are keeping track of every job that you have applied for, do not just mindlessly apply! If you have not heard anything back after a couple of days, call or email the person you applied to and ask if they received your resume. This demonstrates that you are eager to hear something back and may force the hiring manager to take a second look at your application.
6. Get ready for your interview:
You should be proud of yourself, being called in for an interview is a great achievement! Make sure that you research the company and employer ahead of the interview. Conduct a list of any relevant and important questions you may have. Practice either in front of a mirror or with a friend or family member answering questions that may be asked in the interview. And lastly, always dress and present yourself professionally. First impressions always count, make sure it is a good one!
Tip 1: Consider your wardrobe. Always dress a little more formally than normal.
Tip 2: Prepare your own interview questions.
Tip 3: Be honest and avoid clichéd answers.
7. Always ask questions:
The interview is a two-way process, it is as much about you finding out if the job and workplace is right for you, as it is about them finding out if you are the best fit for the role. Some important questions to ask may be about: their benefits, work-life balance, salary, company culture, opportunities for growth, management style etc.
8. Thank the people who interviewed you:
Always thank the interviewer or interviewing team for taking their time to talk to you.
Make sure to thank them straight after the interview is finished, as well as when you get home. I find it is easiest to send an email where you can express your thanks for being given the opportunity to come in for an interview. This way you will keep this option open even if you do not get offered the job.
9. Do not take the job if it is not right for you:
Nine times out of ten you are going to get a firm idea on what it will be like to work for the company just from going to an interview. And unfortunately, there are times when you are going to walk out from an interview knowing that the vibe just was not right for you. If you do get offered the job in a case like this, it is always best to decline the offer as gracefully as possible. Some things to remember when turning down a job are to not procrastinate, show your appreciation, give a brief reason, and ask them to stay in touch. It is also well within your right to ask for some time to think about the offer. Let them know that you would like to take some time to think about it and you will get back to them, just make sure not to keep them waiting for too long.
10. Do not be discouraged:
If you land your new job, amazing! But if not, try not to be discouraged. Very few people get interviews, you should be proud of yourself for making it that far. Take it as part of the learning curve, ask for feedback or advice from the people who interviewed you and implement it in your next interview. You will get better each time!