The labor market is hot, there’s no doubt about it. If you’re thinking about exploring your options this Spring, you have plenty to pick from! But just because there are more jobs available than people to fill them, doesn’t mean your interview is going to be a slam dunk. No matter how great the job market is, you still have to bring your A-game to every interview.
And regardless of what industry you work in, there are still certain traits we often see in candidates who get hired. Here are four of the most common traits of those candidates who get hired.
One of the best ways to make a great first impression is clear communication. When a recruiter or HR professional reaches out to you, respond promptly. We know that you’re really busy, but so are they. I am not saying you must drop everything and respond to them at once. However, the sooner you respond, the better the impression you create.
We, unfortunately, see so many candidates fail to get hired not because of their skills or experience, but because of a lack of communication. Communication is key throughout the entire hiring process, so be sure to respond timely so you don’t hurt your chances of receiving an offer.
Do your homework
It’s essential that you do your due diligence before an interview. Go online and hop on the employer’s website. Spend a few minutes reading some articles, blogs, press releases, or watch some videos. This will help you create some great talking points in your interview and allow you to ask great questions.
No matter how much experience or skills you have, don’t walk into an interview and try to “wing it.” I promise you it probably won’t go well. If you take some time to learn a little about the company, their culture, and their programs or incentives, you will walk into your interview ready to wow the hiring manager.
Come armed with questions
Like I said before, learning a little more about your prospective employer will help you really impress the interviewers. If you can ask detailed questions throughout your interview, you will be in good shape to receive that job offer. If at the end of the interview you are asked, “So, what questions do you have for us?” and you just sit there with a blank stare, you can kiss that offer letter goodbye.
Come to the interview with a few questions in mind. This will show two things:
- You did your research on the company
- It will illustrate you are serious about this potion and company
I cannot stress this enough. No matter how great you are, you have to show humility throughout the hiring process. If you don’t, I promise it won’t go well for you. Even if you’re the best at what you do, if you come across as arrogant, you probably won’t be receiving an offer. If the interviewers cannot develop a connection or conversation with you, no matter how great you are, chances are the employer will move on.
If you are serious about the position, make sure you demonstrate these four traits throughout the interview process.