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8 Tips For Applicants


Are you applying for jobs? or you need more tips that will help you during your application process, this article will guide you.

Eight Tips For Applicants

1. Invest in an investigation of the vacancy and the potential employer.

The success of a job interview starts with a solid basis of prior knowledge, so that you understand the employer and vacancy and the background of the people interviewing you. The more you understand the employer, the better you can answer the questions. Study the website and other published materials and ask questions about the company in your own network, for example.

2. Another key to success is preparing answers to anticipated questions.

Put yourself in the shoes of the HR manager, and then imagine what questions you would ask an applicant. If you have an idea of ​​what you are being asked to do, you can think of responses that can bridge the gap to specific examples and milestones or results. Also prepare responses in story form so that you can tell them in the interview.

3. Clothing is also communication.

If you want to achieve a professional look, have your clothes matched, in line with the organization and culture. But above all, leave your conviction: 'they have to accept me as I'm', but just at home. Maybe cliché, but make sure your clothes are clean and ironed. For women I use the tip: keep accessories and jewelry limited. Oh yes, this applies to everyone: if possible, brush your teeth.

4. The first impression.

Research shows that employers make critical decisions about the applicant in the first 20 minutes of contact. It starts with the first impression. And that actually starts in the parking lot, reception or secretariat. Employers are often curious about how applicants treat their people and inquire about this. If one of the employees feels that you were rude or arrogant and she gives feedback, then that can also have an effect. Keep in mind that the first impressions in the first few seconds can make or break an interview. So, be well dressed, arrive on time or a little early, and when you greet the interviewer, stand up straight, show a small smile, make eye contact, and make a firm, but not too firm, handshake.

5. Be authentic, optimistic, focused, familiar and concrete.

As soon as the interview starts, the key to success is: the quality of your substantive answer and your behavior. Be real and honest when you respond to vagues even though they are tricky. Give responses in a way that they tell something about your behavior, skills and experience, and try to align them with job requirements and the needs of the company. Give solid examples of solutions and results, but keep your reactions short and concrete. By forming a picture of suspected questions in the preparation and answering them in concrete terms, you'll prevent you from expanding or answering lengthy. Finally, never be negative about a previous employer, boss or colleague even though this was a bad experience or relationship. The interview is about you and your added value for this job.

6. How you influence non-verbal presentation and behavior, impression and judgment.

While the content of your answer is very important, poor body language can at least be a distraction, but in the worst-case scenario, a reason not to invite you to continue the procedure. Effective forms of body language are eye contact, solid posture, active listening and nodding and a smile can be a relief. Harmful forms of body language include drooping shoulders, closed posture, regularly looking at one side or past the interlocutor, playing with a pen, wiggling in the chair, fiddling with your hair, touching your face, chewing gum or mumbling.

7. Ask - imaging - questions.

Studies show that employers also base their judgment depending on whether you ask questions or not. So, even though the HR manager is so clear in the conversation about the job and what is expected, you still have to ask a few questions. This shows that you have done research and are curious. A smart applicant prepares questions prior to the interview, and can add any additional questions that arise from the interview.

8. A flight is only successful if the landing is good.

Thank the interviewer (s). They have also invested in you. Start this during the interview by thanking every person who interviewed you before you leave. Writing a 'thank you for the interview' email shortly after the interview doesn't immediately get you the job, but can in some cases give you a head start, for example on one of the other finalists who don't bother has taken to send a message.

"Preparing and conducting a good job interview requires research, practice and perseverance. The more effort you put into your preparation, the more successful you'll be."

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