Usually, beginners get a job with fair ease. Employers know the jobseeker is fresh out of school or college and attempting to get the first job. Hence, they are lenient and do not ask a flurry of questions. Interview questions are rather basic and aimed at determining the applicant’s interest and knowledge in any particular field.
However, things get tougher when you apply for the second or consequent jobs. Knowing that you are better equipped to answer questions- which need not necessarily be true- employers tend to probe the jobseeker.
They observe everything, from the manner in which the job application is written to sense of dressing and etiquette.
You may have observed, some people are skilled at getting new jobs regardless of their educational qualifications or work experience. Sadly, several others lag far behind. They are unable to land a proper job despite possessing great academic record and ample experience.
Exactly, why does this occur? Surely, it is not always Lady Luck ruling in their favor. Nor is it some quirk of fate that others are not as fortunate. Instead, it is just some common things that ordinary people do when they apply for jobs and while appearing for interviews.
Let us, therefore, take a look at 12 habits of highly effective job seekers.
Habit-1: Proper documentation
This is a very important habit of every successful jobseeker. They ensure they have every certificate and testimonial, experience letters and accolade ready at all times.
They also maintain high-quality photocopies of these documents. Additionally, they ensure that every government issued ID card is in their possession.
Remember, employers always prefer candidates who are able to present impeccable documentation. Some of them seek employee background checks before employment.
Thus, maintaining proper documents, ID proofs and other paperwork will score you brownie points during an interview and secure the job.
Habit-2: Importance of a clear job objective
Usually, the first thing employers read in an application is the job objective. Indeed, this can be called the most important part of your CV, Resume or Bio-Data. The job objective is written just below your name and is the first feature of a good job application.
Several excellent tips on how to write a clear job objective is available on the Internet. Alternatively, you can seek assistance of a professional CV writer or a relative/ friend.
Usually, a great job objective should state your academic qualifications and a brief of your work experience. The other lines should clearly mention what you can deliver to a prospective employer and your achievements.
Habit-3: What to send: CV, Bio-Data or Resume
This depends upon what an advertisement issued by the employer states. Very often, jobseekers miss this point completely and end up sending the wrong document. Therefore, it is best to acquaint yourself with the differences between a Curriculum Vitae, Bio-Data and Resume.
Loads of resources for explaining differences between a CV, Bio-Data and Resume are available online. Study these closely. Prepare a copy of each of these documents and keep ready for sending to the employer, when they advertise a vacancy or while applying.
Habit-4: Never fudge your personal/ professional details
Nowadays, most companies resort to Employee Background Screening (EBS). Means, they hand over copies of your application and certificates to an external agency. This agency verifies the details you submit. If you have hedged or falsely claimed something, it will be discovered and your chances of getting that job are finished.
Therefore, ensure you state all details precisely and without embellishing any details. A good EBS clearance means you get the job and you are trusted employee of the company.
Also, call your references and others to inform you are applying for a specific job. Hence, whenever an EBS company calls, they will be ready to speak about you.
Habit-5: Prepare for the interview
Now this is something most of us would usually do. However, preparation for an interview does not simply mean you read something you have learned. Instead, it entails a lot more.
Firstly, do some research about your would-be employer.
Secondly, take a leave from work on the day of the interview. Leaving work half way for attending an interview reeks of irresponsibility.
Further, you also need to know the location of the employer. Check how long you have to travel to get there on time. Get clear copies of your application, personal details and references ready for the interview.
Habit-6: Proper attire is important
Of course, nobody turns up shoddily dressed for an interview. However, some do’s and don’ts will help you dressed for success. Never overdress for an interview. Meaning, do not wear suits or jackets, ties if the weather does not merit such clothes.
Secondly, wearing a tie can prove to be tricky: Most people do not know how to knot a tie.
Ensure that you wear simple, light and comfortable clothes for your interview. This will prevent any unnecessary discomfort while speaking with the interviewers.
Further, you also need to ensure your clothes are not stained by sweat during travel. Remember, sweaty clothes can stink and dim your job prospects.
Habit-7: Manage your body language
Many ill informed people will tell you to smile at interviewers or behave in a particular manner. This is nothing but pure crap. There are no rules about how much to smile or how to answer the interviewers. Just remember to stay calm and behave naturally.
Remember, trying to fake a posture makes you look awkward. Smiling always or answering with a smile is considered sheepish and mechanical. The question asked can be serious and of grave nature.
Smiling to that is considered outright stupid. Managing body language is one of the habits of successful jobseekers.
Habit-8: Selection of words
Another habit of highly effective jobseekers is, they select their words carefully. Rather, they pick their words. This is not a habit you can acquire overnight since it comes with practice and experience. However, it is neither difficult to imbibe.
Picking or choosing words means responding with fewer yet impact filled words. This involves responding to a question rather than reacting. Thinking about what to say and mulling over it for a few seconds before speaking up.
Habit-9: What not to carry
What you carry into the interview chamber speaks a lot about you. Women can carry a neat handbag. However, ensure that your handbag or purse is not stuffed and cluttered. This speaks of an untidy person and interviewers will mark this as your trait.
Usually, men carry backpacks. This is sheer sacrilege while appearing for an interview. Firstly, backpacks tend to crumple you clothes. They impart a hunched appearance to your physique.
Backpacks are usually more worn out than apparent to the owner. And when opened for any reason, they emit an odor. Instead, carry a neat folder with all your documents stacked neatly. Carry a pen in this folder.
Habit-10: Never speak against your current/ past employer
Remember, foul-mouthing a current or past employer for any reason whatsoever can disqualify you immediately for a job. One of the habits of highly effective jobseekers is, they only speak about their role and job when speaking about a current or previous employer.
Tainting the reputation of your current or previous employer is harmful because your prospective company will fear you would do the same with them. They view it as a blame-game in which you indulge to conceal your own deficiencies.
Habit-11: Arrive fresh for the interview
Taking a good, long shower or bath before departing for your interview is a great idea. Your skin looks rejuvenated and gives you a fresh appearance. This indicates you are careful about your personal grooming and give meticulous attention to detail.
Highly effective job seekers make it a habit to shower or bath before leaving for the interview. They know the importance of appearing fresh. A good splash had before an interview also helps freshen-up your mind and keeps you alert.
Habit-12: Watch your mouth
You actually need to watch your mouth in two ways. Firstly, ensure that you do not have mouth odor for any reason. This holds true for smokers as well. Should you be an unfortunate victim of bad breath, chew on a strong mint before entering the interview chamber.
The other important thing is to watch your mouth for what you say. Letting off a cuss word inadvertently means your job prospects at best, are doomed. At worst, you can be asked to leave the interview due to the use of such words.
A few more tips
You can also follow these tips to become a highly successful jobseeker.
- Never discuss money matters at an interview unless the interviewer initiates.
- Keep away from getting into discussions over sensitive issues including politics and religion during interviews.
- Always try and speak in the language of the interviewer. If you are asked a question in English, you are obliged to respond in the same language. However, some interviewers ask questions in a common, regional language. You can respond in the same tongue, provided you speak it.