We live in a competitive world. Getting short-listed from a long list of applicants is tough as thousands of people apply for the same position at the same job and so is the process of converting these job interviews to job offers. But the question is how to be one of those applicants who gets shortlisted for the interview? Andrew Carnegie says,
“The average person puts only 25% of his energy into his work. The world takes off his hat to those who put in more than 50% of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%”.
So, the challenge is to be one of those who puts more than 50% of their capacity in work to actually convert those interviews into offers. To get that job offer, you have to get shortlisted for an interview in first place. But the thing is, a lot of people amongst us are good at our jobs, but when it comes to get job interviews and job offers, we are hopeless.
In short, in order to get more job offers, we have to get more job interviews, so that you have an edge over your competitors. In this article, we will discuss in detail that how we can get more job interviews and job offers with their examples.
Key to Get More Job Interviews
Establish yourself as a brand
What do the marketers do to sell a product which is newly designed, they create a brand name for that product to have to sell to the potential customers. Same as that, a candidate needs to establish himself as a brand, that is, make the employer or recruiter know that he exists. To create your own brand name, you can create a personal website with your name to present yourself as a brand.
We live in the world of globalization where everything is on the web, online and we have amazing quick tools through which we can either create our own website or get it done by digital experts at minimum costs.
This website you create could include a portfolio of your work, an uploaded CV or a resume, blogs and other skills, and other details about you.
Creating a website with your name in it will help you:
- Stand out from the crowd
- Impress the recruiters and employers as they will see how dedicated you are for career and how serious you are in getting that job
- Rank yourself in those google searches
- Establish a personal brand in front of the employer
- Will help you advertise yourself to the employers
- Express yourself
- Engage more employers
- Get more job interviews
- Make some money by expanding your network
You can add your personal website details in your resume and your curriculum vitae as well to get the recruiter’s attention to your online presence.
Update your LinkedIn Profile
We all are aware of how well is the LinkedIn platform working in order to get that potential employer their potential candidate. Your LinkedIn profile is very important and so is to keep it up to date. Almost all recruiters use this platform to find perfect candidates who fit well for the position that is vacant in the company.
Get your LinkedIn profile Search Engine Optimized (SEO). SEO is one of the most efficient tools of digital marketing that helps you create your online presence, do that keyword research, and include it to your page, you can even switch to LinkedIn Premium as if you can pay for that Netflix subscription, you can pay for it too as it is totally worth the money.
Keep your LinkedIn resume up to date. And after making that online presence, if a recruiter tries to connect with you, it is your turn to make the first move and send the employer a message. For example:
Good Morning Sir/Madam,
Thank you for the invite to connect. I saw your invite and wanted to reach out to you. I am a Human Resource Manager and I am currently looking for a job. What would be the right time to have a quick chat with you?
Please do let me know. I will be waiting for your response.
So, this was all about your LinkedIn way to get more job interviews and job offers. Now let us move to more ways to get the same.
Reach out to the employer
By reaching out to the employer, means to make the first move and send an application to the recruiter yourself who is currently looking for potential candidates for their companies. You can also send them an e-mail or a LinkedIn message.
I hope this mail finds you well, I am Prateek Jain and I am a Certified Digital Marketer currently looking for a job. I saw that you have a vacant position for an SEO specialist and I think I am a perfect fit for that job.
I have 3+ years of working experience in this field. If it’s okay with you, can we talk more about this opportunity, at whatever time suits you the best?
I am looking forward to talk to you regarding the same.
You can send these kinds of emails to as many potential employers that fit your job’s wish list. This will help you get more job interview opportunities and more chances to convert them into job offers.
You can also follow a formal letter format for the application.
Write a compelling cover letter
A cover letter is a short write-up accompanying your resume. This cover letter can either make a deal or break a deal as it is the first thing that the employer sees when he goes through the applications. Add details about your work experience in detail as the resume won’t cover it in great detail.
Add such sentences at the end of your cover letter that makes the interviewer eager to go through your resume.
Create an unbeatable resume
Take your own time to create your resume. Your resume should be so contently that the recruiter gets compelled to accept your application and invite you for the interview process. Systematically list all your skills, qualifications, academic background, certifications, work experiences, and other co-curricular activities that you were a part of. It gets easier for an employer to shortlist a candidate when the candidate sends a perfectly customized resume for the job.
If you are applying for a job in the field of Human Resource Management, then make sure that the skills you add to your resume are co-related to the skills that a Human Resource Manager pursues. Mention the past job experience that you have had in this field.
Or If you are applying for a job in the field of Marketing, then you should add the list of marketing campaigns you have been a part of, mention previous product sales jobs that you used to do, and then align your qualifications with the interviewer’s expectations.
Choose the correct format for your resume, and if you are getting a trouble creating your resume, you can go through our article: https://prepmycareer.com/write-a-college-resume/
This article will give you an idea of the format and the things that you need to keep in mind while writing a resume.
To get more job interviews, you can also upload your resumes on websites like Intern Shala, Linked In, and Lets Intern. The potential employers can send you an invite to work for their company.
After submitting your job application and your resume, remember to get in contact with the hiring manager. For doing so you can send a follow-up mail saying that I hope you received my application, looking forward to work with your company.
Converting Job Interviews to Job Offers
Always go through commonly asked questions in an interview
After getting that job interview, it is your responsibility to prepare hard to convert that interview into a job offer. When you will go through frequently asked questions in an interview, you will get a fair idea of how the questions asked in the interview could be.
For example: Prepare for answers to common questions like
- Tell me about yourself
- What are your strengths?
- What are your key skills?
- How do you handle a difficult situation?
- How do you work in pressure?
- Why should we hire you?
- Why do you want to work with our company?
Practicing and preparing for such questions will make you sound confident enough in an interview. This way you will be a step closer to get that job offer.
Ask questions in an interview
Interviews involve two-way communication. If you will just sit there and not ask any questions to the employer related to the job, the employer would think that you are not interested in the job.
Asking relevant questions in an interview will increase your chances to convert that interview into job offer.
We hope all the things we shared with you in this article will help you own those job interviews and job offers. After you will be flooded with those job offers and interviews, you should practice in advance learning how to handle multiple job offers, after all, learning is a never-ending process. Comment below what you like about this article and share.
All the best for your interviews.
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