In order to be considered for a job opening, an employer will most likely require that you fill out a job application. A job application can be thought of as a pre-screening tool that allows employers to consider potential employees in a uniform format and then decide which applicants they want to interview. Some applications may be completed in paper format, but now, the majority of applications are done online.
Job applications can help remove bias from the hiring process because applicants are chosen to move forward in the hiring process without the employer knowing the applicant’s age, race, gender, etc.
An application generally requires that applicants list the following information:
- Degrees Earned.
- Employment History.
- Names And Contact Information Of Previous Supervisors.
- Applicant’s Signature.
As an applicant, when you provide your signature on the application, you may also be giving the employer permission to conduct reference checks, criminal background checks, credit checks, and/or pre-employment drug screening results. You are also generally stating that the information that you provided on the application is true and accurate.
In order to make an excellent impression and be considered for an interview, it’s imperative that your application is true, accurate, and completed according to the company’s guidelines. Here are a few tips for completion:
- Carefully Follow Directions.
- Use Good Manners.
- Be Thorough And Conscientious.
- Maintain Professionalism.
- Be Specific.
- Tailor answers to the specific position that you’re seeking.
- Be Relevant.
- When listing past jobs, include the duties most relevant to the position for which you’re applying.
- Answer Truthfully.
- Check Your Spelling And Grammar.
- You may want to consider having someone or several people check for you, too.
- Ensure Matching.
- If you are submitting both an application and a resume, make sure they match.
- Use Black Or Blue Ink.
- List Salary Requirements As “Negotiable.”
- Writing “see resume” instead of answering the question.
- Leaving anything blank. Write “N/A” if needed.
- Stating that you were fired without explaining yourself. Do not lie, but you may want to write something like “Will discuss in interview,” or “Can explain in person” instead.
- Creating and applying from multiple applicant profiles with one company.
- For References:
- List professional references.
- Employers are generally more interested in your past supervisor’s opinion of your work than of your best friend’s opinion of you.
- You may also use coaches, teachers, etc. if you don’t have a past supervisor.
- Make sure that you have your references’ permission to list them as references.
- List professional references.
- Use Only One Applicant Profile Per Company.
- Update Your Social Profiles:
- Delete any inappropriate photos and/or postings.
- Have an appropriate profile photo.
- You may want to make your accounts private.
- Make sure any work or business-related accounts are up-to-date.
After you have applied for a job, if a hiring manager is interested and considering hiring you, he or she will generally reach out to you to schedule an interview. Interviews may be conducted over the phone, over video chat, or in person. You may also undergo several rounds of interviews.
In order to get hired, it’s imperative that you make a great impression during your interview. Here are some tips to help you get prepared and rock your interview:
- Research and become familiar with the company.
- Research the hiring manager.
- If you’re able, get to know the hiring manage by studying his or her bio on the company website or on his or her LinkedIn page.
- Look for clues in the office. For example, if you notice photos of a dog in the office, and you are a dog lover, you may mention that and connect with the hiring manager on a personal level (while still maintaining professionalism).
- Research the job opportunity.
- Know the job opportunity like the back of your hand.
- Check the job posting/job description for relevant information.
- Conduct research to learn about that type of job in general.
- Know what knowledge, skills, and abilities people in the position generally possess.
- Prepare examples that demonstrate how you will succeed in the position based on your related knowledge, skills, abilities, and experiences.
- Do a mock, or practice, interview.
- Review common interview questions and have answers prepared.
- It can be helpful to prepare your answers to common interview questions in story form so that when you’re answering during an interview, you’re simply telling a story.
- Dress professionally/appropriately for the job and company.
- Do not chew gum.
- Arrive at least 15 minutes early. You may want to consider planning for earlier than 15 minutes just in case issues occur, such as getting stuck in traffic or getting lost.
- Focus on making a great first impression:
- Be polite.
- Use good manners.
- Give good, firm handshakes.
- Have good posture.
- Make good eye contact.
- Treat everyone at the company with respect. The hiring manager may also be interested in and consider how you treated the rest of the staff, and this can determine whether or not you are hired.
- Answer the interviewer with confidence.
- Provide concise (short, sweet, and to the point) answers.
- Give specific examples.
- Do not badmouth previous employers, bosses, and/or coworkers.
- Show some wonderful personality. Of course, remain professional, but, generally, people like to work with people they like, so being likable can help you get hired.
- Have questions prepared to ask the interviewer at the end.
- What is he or she looking for in an employee?
- What has helped employees in the position in the past succeed?
- Remember, overall, the interview is all about you making your case that you are the best fit for the position.
- Sell yourself, and then close the deal. Think of it like a business deal.
- At the end, ask about the next steps in the process, including when you can expect to be informed of a decision.
- Follow up with a thank you letter or email.
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