Get the attention of job recruiters —and keep it!
Want hiring managers to be impressed by your résumé and remember you long after your interview? Here are the proven ways to get noticed and stand out from the pack!
●1 Tighten your résumé!
Think the more details you include in your résumé, the more impressive you appear? Just the opposite! Research shows a shorter list that focuses on important skills, successes and responsibilities (like your degree and that you were promoted at your last job) makes you look better than a longer list that includes less important skills (like knowing Microsoft Word). When we read a list of accomplishments, we mentally rate each one on its quality, so including only those that are high-quality makes you appear to be a stronger candidate!
●2 Make eye contact!
You likely rehearse answers to common interview questions. Also key to practice? Maintaining eye contact as you say them! In surveys, interviewers cite lack of eye contact from candidates as a top gripe, saying it denotes too little confidence. Tip: Look away every now and then rather than constantly staring, so it looks more natural.
●3 Be yourself!
Know you’re a great fit for a job and have the credentials the interviewer is seeking? Here’s one surefire way to stand out from other top candidates: Admit a few flaws, for instance, that your desk is usually messy. In a new study in the Journal of Applied Psychology, this surprising tactic significantly increased the chances of the best applicants being hired! Once recruiters realize how perfect you are for the position, they want to know about a few of your imperfections because it makes you appear more authentic and trustworthy!
●4 Send a quick thanks!
The majority of recruiters not only expect a follow-up note from interviewees, they say getting one impacts their decision about whom to hire! To boost your chances of nabbing your dream job, e-mail your thank-you within 24 hours of your interview. Research shows just one in three interviewees sends a follow-up note this quickly, yet most interviewers prefer this kind of speedy response since it shows your enthusiasm for the position and company!
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