Are you fit to be hired?

 Deodutta Kurane

If you are on the lookout for a job opportunity, the prospects of getting hired may seem both exciting and daunting. To get hired you will have to compete with several other applicants and prove to the recruiting team that you are worth hiring. While these prospects sound unnerving, there are many time-tested strategies that will streamline and simplify the hiring process and help you get appointed quickly.

Keeping in mind your skills, think about what are you good at in a professional setting. Moreover, think about which industry your skills are best suited for. It is also worthwhile to think about what you are interested in doing and what type of company you would want to work for. If you are interested in your career, you are more likely to be fulfilled through it.

In your pursuit to being a perfect fit, there are a few essentials you will have to give some consideration to. Let’s take a look at five fundamental elements that will ensure you become a sought-after candidate:

Rehearse and organise

During the interview, strong responses are those that are specific, concise, drawing on concrete examples that highlight your skills, back up your resume and are relevant to the position. What you say and do, will either move you to the next round of consideration for employment or knock you out of contention. While it's important to focus on your responses, it’s equally important to listen carefully during your interview in order to ensure your responses give the interviewer the information they are looking for. In this world of tech-savvy organisations, it’s also important to be geared up for a phone or video interview on a short notice. You will have to practice using different technologies to be always in the state of preparedness. It would be a good practice to have a list of your own questions to ask the employer ready, in order to demonstrate your interest in the organisation. Avoid coming across as indifferent, as it is a major turnoff for hiring managers.

Study the company you are interviewing for

Do your homework and research the employer and the industry, so you are ready for the interview question, “What do you know about this company?” You should be able to find out a lot of information about the company's history, mission and values, staff, culture, and recent successes on its website.

Be mindful of the basics on the day of the interview

While some of the following suggestions may seem basic, they play a key role in making a good impression at an interview. Firstly, you must show up 10-15 minutes before the interview. It will give you those few extra minutes to visit the restroom, check your grooming and calm your nerves. Appear well dressed and carry yourself in a professional manner. First impressions are everything, especially when you only have 30 minutes or so to talk with someone before they decide to hire you. Make it count! 

Also, arrive well organised with a pen, paper and several copies of your resume in case they are requested. Make sure you showcase positivity. When interviewing for a job, you want your employer to know that you can work well with other people and handle conflicts in a mature and effective way, rather than badmouthing your co-workers or talking about other people's incompetence. You also don’t want the interviewer to think that you might speak ill about him or his company, if you leave the organisation on terms that aren't the best.

Follow-up

Whether you’ve heard a revert about the job offer or not, it’s important to follow up a few days after the interview. Send a thank you letter or email stating how it was a pleasure to speak with them and that you really appreciate the opportunity. This shows that you are just as invested as they are, and that you are sincerely interested in the position. Keep the follow up emails brief and polite. Hiring managers are generally very busy, so be patient.

While you may potentially have all skills required to excel in the role, if you fail to present yourself suitably you might lose out on a vital opportunity to make that impression and end up jeopardising your prospects of landing up with a fulfilling job. 

— The writer is Senior Group President, Human Capital Management, Yes Bank