Interviews are like dates – some like them, some don’t. But the fact is they are necessary.
What’s the purpose of a hiring interview? It’s to estimate whether or not a candidate (a potential hire) is a fit for the company culture and the open position it has offered.
Many people get caught up in their emotions and their expectations during a hiring interview. If you remember that it should be a “fit” for both of you (both the potential employee and the company) then most of your worries should dissolve.
This is an important point to remember – it’s as much about you as much as it is about them. You should also evaluate whether or not you like who you are dealing with or not. It’s a mistake to think that you should impress, no matter how the people in the company are, because you are setting yourself up for some future unpleasant situations.
Nevertheless, there are a few factors which weigh heavily on the decision of hiring. Here are the top 5 factors…
Crucial Hiring Factor #1 – Having A Great Resume
You can’t escape this one, unfortunately. As superficial and downright false some resumes may be, they still represent the first impression an employer makes of a potential candidate. Think of it as a business card you hand out even before they meet you.
Your resume should be short, specifically tailored for the position you are applying for and visually appealing. Do yourself a favor and don’t make it boring or too official. Make yourself remembered by crafting it in such a way that it’s impacting and professional yet unique.
Crucial Hiring Factor #2 – Long-Term Potential
In case you didn’t know, hiring is a costly process for a company. It costs even more to hire people, train them and then realize that they aren’t a great fit for the company only to fire them later. This means lost time, lost money and lost human resources – a lose-lose for everybody involved.
That’s why companies look for long-term potential in their hires – and if you are serious, so should you. Employment is like marriage – you both have to love being together and creating something beautiful. Otherwise, it’s not a long-term possibility and you are robbing yourself of a fantastic career if you settle for less.
So before going to an interview, ask yourself if you would see yourself staying with the company you are applying for for at least a couple of years. If the answer is yes, then make sure you suggest to them (during the interview) that you are looking for a long-term collaboration. By doing so you are drastically increasing your chances of employment.
Crucial Hiring Factor #3 – Great Social Chemistry
Humans are social creatures – we cannot help but change our behavior according to our emotions and how we relate to other persons. That’s why establishing rapport and cultivating a good relationship with the interviewers is key to your employment success.
You can’t “fake” a good chemistry – and neither should you want to. On the other hand, there are a few factors which can increase the chances of having a great interaction with the interviewers.
For example, smiling is very important – but having a genuine, pleasant smile, not a forced or nervous one. Also, being relaxed and candid, showing that you are not hiding anything and that you are trustworthy is very important for establishing a good connection. Having good humor is also a great resource but used only sparingly and if the opportunity arises – otherwise it would be wise to abstain from telling random jokes.
Crucial Hiring Factor #4 – Having A Positive Attitude
Let me tell you a secret. Skills can be taught and learned – but attitudes are much harder to change. That’s why employers are searching for people who have a proactive and responsible attitude, even if they are maybe lacking in skills or degrees.
An employee with a positive attitude can learn much faster, overcome obstacles in an easier manner and work with their colleagues in a pleasant way. Also, many unpleasant situations can be avoided if an employee has a positive attitude.
Crucial Hiring Factor #5 – Optimal Teamwork Capacity
Getting hired in a company means that you are going to work with other people. Believe it or not, being able to work in teams is one of the most important skills you can have as a human. That’s because it is very productive to do so – but it’s very challenging as well.
You have to be flexible, open-minded, open to feedback, creative and having other leadership skills, which is no small feat by any means. However, it pays off tremendously to brush up these skills.
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