What does it take to get a new job?
As much as academic background and experience account for the greatest part of the job process, that’s not the only aspect that the employer looks for.
Let us look at some of the other factors that come into play when it comes to a new job:
By far this is the most important factor. It is not always easy to tell a person’s character during the first meeting, but interacting with a person sheds some light on the person’s character.
That is why most interviews are done one on one. Don’t try to impress the interviewer by pretending to possess certain characters. Just be yourself. Remember, you are not sure what the interviewer is looking for.
- Interpersonal skills
Ability to relate with other people is a crucial factor. Given that the new workplace will have other staffs, then your ability to relate with them both professionally and socially are key.
It may not seem like an aspect that may be considered by employers, but as a matter of fact it counts a lot. Your ability to persist through a certain project until you achieve the results will be fundamental in your career.
To portray evidence of this, that’s why employers ask for instances where you encountered a challenge and how you overcame it.
Although this usually comes at the end of the interview process, it matters a lot. The salary expectation you give indicate what kind of employee you are likely to be. Don’t overstate or understate your salary expectation.
Just give an average salary. In addition, always give a range. Don’t give a fixed figure. For example you can say 40,000 to 50,000, instead of saying 45,000. Fixed figure in a way indicates you are not that flexible. Remember a dynamic environment needs flexible people.
That’s right. They also contribute towards determining whether you get the job or not. If let’s say that you are applying for an accounting position, and indicate that your hobby is science-related, in a way that means you may not be interested in the accounts position just the money.
- Career prospects
In almost all interviews, there is usually the question, “where do you see yourself in five or ten years”. This question is usually meant to check whether you are interested in the position that you are applying for.
Be careful the answer you give, it may cause you to get or fail to get the job.
These are some of the factors that usually come into play when seeking a new job, especially during interviews.
The key point to note is that, every employer has certain preferences when it comes to seeking new employees.
During the interview process, don’t try to guess what the employer’s preferences are. Just be yourself, and if you match their preferences, the you will get the job.