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How to impress your future employer

May 16, 2014 09:22 IST

How to impress your future employer

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If you want to impress your future employer, follow the PIE rule -- be Positive, sound Interested and Engage them in the conversation.

Being unemployed is one of the most unloved phases of life.

The situation gets worse when despite repeated efforts, one doesn't meet the desired results.

Here, being unaware or not knowing the right way to apply for latest jobs online is the major problem.

In most cases job searchers don't know where to apply or how to go about the entire process.

Well, the first step to keep a tab on the latest job openings and to apply for it.

While doing so, you must accentuate your best skills and outshine as the best applicant for the position.

To do this perfectly, here is a compilation of the best job-seeking advice from the expert job consultants.

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1. Get noticed

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Getting noticed -- even before you've applied for the job -- is a preliminary requirement.

Getting referred or recommended is the first thing that works to come into notice.

So, spend your valuable resources on the potential contacts, who can refer you to the hiring managers of the job that you are looking forward to get into.

Secondly, LinkedIn is the great source to market oneself as the high performer, as the recruiters spend hours on it to search the potential performers.

You will need three things for personal marketing -- accomplishments, action words and lots of endorsements.

This can get tricky! To get endorsements, you may start by endorsing others -- your friends, colleagues -- and they would not mind in returning the favour.

Also, you can ask some key people -- your former managers, friends who are decision makers in their organisation -- to write a specific LinkedIn recommendation for you.

Your online portfolio will also market you.

Accumulate the best of your sample works on your profile.

Don't forget to highlight how you meet the requirements for the particular job profile.

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2. Winning resume copy

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Quantify your accomplishments in the resume and allow the hiring manager to create a picture of the level of work and responsibilities you carry.

In your resume, you can highlight a few bullet points on the percentage of the achieved goals or you can talk about powerful facts and figures which are in your favour.

Transform your resume and let it communicate your creative facet.

For example: If you are applying for web designer position, showcase your skills with creatively designed resume.

Play with the titles for sprinkling magical effectiveness. For instance, instead of writing 'Proficient in Accounting' you may say 'Proficient in Management of A/R and A/P and Record-keeping'.

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3. Hit the bullseye

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When it comes to selecting between two candidates with almost similar qualifications, then hiring managers prefer on the basis of who did the better handshake.

Strange?

Well, but this actually happens with many, perhaps first impression matters a lot.

Eye contact, gentle smile on face, and brief handshake can help mark a good first impression.

Do not forget to carefully listen the name of the recruiter (it is easy to miss this due to the nervousness).

During your conversation, you should use this name atleast twice to show your sincerity and interest in the conversation.

Do you know about mirroring at the interview?

It means reactions based on interviewer's reactions.

If the person on the other side of the table is calm and serious, then you need to tame your energy and react accordingly; on the other hand, if the person is high on energy and talking with lively reactions, then mould your reactions accordingly.


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4. Follow the PIE rule

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Interviewers look up for candidates who would actually care for the company's growth.

You can nail the toughest of interviews if you go completely prepared with what company is into.

Follow its Twitter account, go through the blogs, its online undertakings and smartly weave what you learned during your conversation with the interviewer.

Working upon the 'pain points' is another key to hit the bullseye.

Here pain points relate to building connection between the company's requirements and problems and your own specific skills and accomplishments.

You need to convincingly tell the hiring manager where the company is lacking and how you can be helpful to the team in making the amendments.

We assure you that doing this will not be easy! But if you need to outshine then taking such pains won't go in trash.

Follow the PIE rule for conversing to crack the interview --  P (positivity) I (interest) and E (engagement) are the three qualities that interviewers look for during the conversation with the candidates.

It's true that it would be difficult to pull off this rule specially when you do not know what might be the next question by the interviewer.

In such difficult situations, focus on giving a thoughtful answer instead of making predictions on what would be the next question and how you'd react.

These are the perfectly workable tips to get through the job interview.

If you have interesting job-related tips, do share them in the messageboard below.


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