Even the most menial jobs are in high demand right now. If you want to find yourself gainfully employed by the start of the New Year, you need to do everything you can to prepare yourself for every single job interview you score. There’s not a single part of the job application process you can afford to ignore. When it comes to job seeking, you need to be at the top of your game. Even the smallest details can impact your hire ability. A recent survey conducted by staff at CareerBuilder discovered that the appearance of applicants to be one of the big reasons they weren’t hired. Showing up improperly attired and less than perfectly groomed was all it took for the employer to discard the application. You need to take your job seeking seriously and put your best foot forward.
Take your time while filling out your application. Carefully read through the job posting several times so you can make sure you slant all of your answers to fit that particular posting. You should make sure your resume is complete and free of errors. You should go through the letters of reference you’ve collected over the years and select the four that best fit the type of job your applying for.
When you find out that a prospective employer likes your application, and wants to book an interview, you will want to set aside your job seeking for a little while, and devote a little time to learning about the company. This can be a great way to separate yourself from the other applicants. You will be able to ask questions about the company, which shows the interviewer you’re serious about the job.
You don’t want to rush into the interview at the very last minute. At the absolute latest you should be there fifteen minutes before the appointed time. Not only will this give you a few moments to calm your jangling nerves, but you will also be showing prospective employers you do care, and you’re good with both time management and following simple instructions.
Some employers will invite you to a lunch interview, which creates a longer, but more relaxed interview. Lunch interviews can be tricky when your job seeking. You want to eat something, but select something you can eat without risk of making a mess, spaghetti is out of the question as are crab legs or any other food that can develop a mind of its own when you try eating it. Don’t order the most expensive item on the menu, and above all else, you should stay away from alcohol.