Research shows that a single job advertisement will attract an average 118 applications and only 20% of those applications actually get an interview. You’ve hopefully made good use of the resume tips we provided you with and created a resume that stands out from the crowd, but just how can you make sure it gets you an interview for your dream job? Better yet, how can you convince potential employers that you’re the right man (or woman) for the job?
1. Dress Well
Well, that’s obvious, you think – and it is. Unfortunately, this piece of advice often falls on deaf ears. No matter what the position is, you should make an effort to at least look presentable. This means no jeans, no sweatpants, and – whatever you do – nothing too revealing (you are interviewing for the job, NOT your breasts).
2. Offer Solid References
First, never include references on your resume, only ever provide them when the interviewer asks them of you – never before. When they do ask you for references, make sure you offer contact information to past employers and mentors who can vouch for your awesomeness. After all, a strong recommendation from a reliable source does nothing but reassure a potential employer that you are, indeed, THE candidate they’re looking for.
3. Show Them Samples of Your Work
Let’s say you’re a web developer, a programmer or a designer. You no doubt have a portfolio of your work – if you don’t, now is probably a good time to put one together! Without a portfolio, employers would have to take your word that you’re great at what you do (and will often disregard your application because of this), but a portfolio gives them real proof that you really can do what you say you can do.
4. Showcase the Impact You Made at Your Previous Employer
If you’re really as good as you say you are, you’d have undoubtedly made a huge impact at your previous employer, and your interview is a great opportunity to talk about that. Don’t just describe your day-to-day activities but rather go into detail about what you accomplished and how you accomplished it.
5. Show Them Your Achievements
Interviews last about 30 minutes, and in those 30 minutes, your interviewers will decide whether or not you’re the perfect candidate. Meaning, you have to make every minute – actually, every second – count. It might make you feel uncomfortable, but selling yourself is really the only way to get interviewers to pay attention to what you have to say. And that can be accomplished by providing examples of your various achievements in your career and life: whether you were an honors student, you had a perfect GPA at college, or you had an article published in Time magazine, be sure to mention it.
How did you convince your employer to hire you? Tell us in the comments section below, along with any tips and tricks, to help current job seekers land the job they’ve always dreamed of having – and don’t forget to share this article with family and friends!