Job interviews test a lot of different skills. It is not easy to clear the interviews, but it isn’t impossible either. The real trouble comes up when there are way more applicants than the number of vacancies. Things can get really tough in those cases but your job as an applicant is to give your best and then wait for the results.
When you are applying for an interview, the very first thing which you have to do is send in your duly filled application along with your résumé. Now, the selection panel hasn’t seen you. So, they have no idea of what your personality is, how you carry yourself, your ideas, your confidence or anything at all. The only way they can judge you is via your résumé and your application.
The selection panel usually makes massive filtering merely on the basis of these two things. Does that make you realize the kind of importance which your résumé and application have? They can make and break your future even before you get interviewed. This is why we are going to focus on both these aspects here.
Every job board will have some of their questions which they want the applicants to answer. Having the common questions for all applicants is one of the best ways of filtering out the candidates because there is a common ground to assess them.
Always spend a great deal of time studying the question and working on them or you’ll be running around screaming find me a job to everyone you meet. The job application is a very important document and rushing through it will only harm your career. You need to reason well and fill in the answers after carefully assessing these points.
So, it is your responsibility to ensure that you double check the application. There should be no errors in the application; neither technical nor factual and not even grammatical. If possible, get your application screened by someone who knows the basics well. Take as much opinion as needed but give your best shot.
An important point to remember here is not to quote false facts and do not over-exaggerate your abilities. You never know the tricks used by interviewers to verify what you have stated.
Coming to the resume, it is really important to be sure that you are writing the perfect one. First of all, we want to add that every resume is different. Do not work on the concept of ‘one resume, fits all’. You need to tailor your resume based on the company and the job profile you are applying to. It is this final touch of customization which ends up making all the difference.
So, you need to ensure that you go through your résumé, check out the exact requirements which the company has, study your job profile meticulously and then decide the best way to tweak the résumé in a way that it will fit the needs of the selection panel.
The resume doesn’t necessarily need to be long but it should have all the required information which makes it complete enough not to weed out your chances of application.
These are some of the important things you should keep in mind to ensure that you have a better chance of getting an interview call at least. Once you get the call for the interview, the preparation should begin all over again as that would be a different ballgame.
Job interviews can be very stressful but once you manage to get the perfect job, it sets the rest of your career in the right manner. So, start working on these aspects beforehand and then when you fill in a job application, recapitulate the points and implement.