Craigslist ad was written and posted. The applications and cover letters began flooding in. And…I realized young adults don’t know how to apply for jobs.
So I wrote this blog post to cover a few of the huge mistakes I have watched applicants make in the past few years of hiring. I am going to touch on cover letters, resumes, phone interviews and in-person interviews. Here is a short video I created to kick it off:
As I mentioned in the video, direct both your cover letter and your resume to the job application. Highlight the three key things the job advertisement is looking for and make sure you describe why you would be a good fit for the job position based on those three items and examples.
Tips on resumes: Keep everything to one page. Only include the jobs you feel are most relevant to the position. If you have won awards or have been recognized for something include those as well.
To save time, many companies will perform phone interviews before asking you to come in for an in-person interview. This saves time and is an easy way for employers to weed out some of the applicants. Sometimes they will email you to set-up a time for you to have a phone interview and sometimes they call without warning. Here I my tips on phone interviews:
- If you have a ringback on your phone, make sure the song is appropriate and uplifting.
- Your voicemail should sound professional.
- If you receive a call from an unknown number don’t answer it! It is better for them to leave you a message and you call them back when you are prepared than to answer the call and make a fool out of yourself.
Like this one; I called the applicant and he answered the call and one of his first statements to me was that he wasn’t so sure he wanted to get into real estate because he heard the market sucks. My response, “The market must not suck since we are hiring.” Don’t be that guy. Be prepared and don’t answer your phone on the fly.
Interviews are tough for many people. You get nervous. You are uncertain of what they are going to ask you. At the bottom I have a list of the most asked interview questions. Have answers prepared for each of these questions. They will probably ask you a few questions that aren’t on the list and a good way to give yourself more time to think is say, “That is a great question,” and give yourself a moment to think. This way you aren’t saying anything you didn’t mean or that was an impulse response. So here are my tips:
- Bring a printed copy of your Resume and Cover Letter.
- Do your research on the company and know important things about them. If they have been in the media recently make sure you know what for. Being well educated on the company is a HUGE standout.
- Dress clean and professionally, if you have tattoos I recommend you try to cover them until you know their company policy on tattoos.
- Ladies – wear shoes that are easy to walk around in. They may want to give you an office tour while you are there.
- Work on preparing your answers to popular interview questions.
- Wear a watch AND be on time. It triggers in their head that you take time management seriously.
- Have questions prepared for them, interviewers love when you want to know more about the job and your responsibilities.
HAPPY JOB HUNTING! YOU CAN DO IT!
Most Frequently Asked Interview Questions:
Tell me about yourself.
Why do you think you are the best for this job?
What are your key strengths?
What are your weaknesses?
Why do you want this job?
Tell me about your life goals.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
What do you know about our organization?
Tell me about a difficult scenario and work and how you handled it.
Tell me about an achievement which you are proud of.
What questions do you have for me?