5 Easy Ways to Help You Get a Job Offer

Posted by on Mar 8, 2016 in Career | 0 comments

5 Easy Ways to Help You Get a Job Offer

So, you’ve been searching for a job and have the opportunity for an interview. To make sure you make the most of it, read my series: The Real Reasons You’re Not Getting a Job Offer. Reason Number 1: You think the interview is all about you.

This article focuses on Reason Number 2: Your enthusiasm is underwhelming!

To employers it’s important that candidates show genuine enthusiasm at the prospect of working at their company. After all, if you’re not really interested, you’re wasting their time. In their own words, here are some quick ways they can tell:

  • Didn’t have many questions for me.
  • Did not engage with our greeter/receptionist
  • Knew nothing about our organization
  • Appeared arrogant; silently communicated that we would be lucky to get him
  • Showed up late for the interview

You don’t want potential employers to have these thoughts about you! Here are 5 easy ways to help you get that job offer:

1. Be prepared to ask the interviewer at least three to five questions.

For that matter, prep for the possibility of conversations with many people in the organization. Help yourself decide if the job is right for you, by gathering as much information as you can from those who know – your future colleagues.

Some interviewers will want you to hold questions until they’ve concluded their own. Others will set up the interview as a conversation – a bit of give and take. Follow their lead. Focus your questions on the job at hand, instead of benefits, salary, workload, etc. An excellent question for discerning an employer’s expectations is, “What would you like me to accomplish in the first six months in this job?” For learning about company culture, “How would you describe the working environment?” For expansion on general duties try, “Could you describe a typical day in this role?”

2. Acknowledge everyone you meet.

The person who greets you at the front desk could be your prospective boss, planted there to see how you interact with strangers and front-line employees. True story, and the candidate failed miserably. He promptly asked her to make copies and get him a cup of coffee. Yikes!

Treat all with respect and friendliness; you can bet they will be asked for their opinion.

3. Conduct extensive research on your potential employer and use it to craft intelligent questions.

A basic Google search can turn up helpful info and recent news regarding its activity, new initiatives, and financial health. A review of its Linkedin page and company website will give insight on their branding to customers and future employees. Public libraries may subscribe to databases which can provide even more detail.

4. Let your body language communicate confidence AND openness to others.

This means smile, make eye contact, and lean slightly forward in your chair. If you’re often accused of seeming “aloof” in initial meetings, find out why and work to change it.

5. Do whatever it takes to arrive on time.

Multiple alarm clocks, pre-arranged wake up calls, anything that works for you. Arrive in the parking lot at least 10 minutes early. Calm your nerves, check your notes, pop a breath mint. Then, announce yourself to the receptionist five minutes prior to your appointment. Nothing screams disrespect (and disinterest) more loudly than tardiness for a job interview. Your interviewer: If this is her best foot forward, what will she be like once she’s got the job?

So, be prepared, show interest and make a great first impression. Even if you think this job may not be a perfect fit, you never know where it will lead. Good luck! And I hope you get that job offer.

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