There are several steps that have to be taken into consideration when applying for a job. Be directly to a company, by recruiter/ hr personnel or on a job platform.

And yes, every next step in the recruitment process counts just as much as the last one. Let’s break the most common steps down in a very practical manner.

First things First:

Why are you in the job market or open to being in the job market?

This question is important as it may as well be the defining factor on the not always linear journey that is applying for a job. If your WHY is clear, so will your journey be.

Due to different circumstances and goals this question can only individually be answered however below are a few of the most common ones:

  • Personal Growth
  • Career Advancement
  • Career Change
  • Higher Salary
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Skill Development
  • Job Loss or Layoffs
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Relocation
  • Market Demand

Once you have got your WHY sorted, you can proceed with the steps listed below:

  • First impression

This applies not only to your CV but to your online presence, not only on job platforms but some would argue that also in other social platforms. Assuring that your CV is up-to-date and your profiles are well descriptive and maintained is essential. As for the other social platforms it’s advisable to keep a fine standard or keep the accounts private. In addition, avoiding gaps by giving a short explanation as to why you were not employed is also crucial! Remember, this is the first YOU that whoever is in charge of the recruitment process will see.

  • Job Description

Carefully examine it and use it as is intended, a guide. Go through the provided information: company’s introduction, qualifications, qualities, offer and thereafter evaluate if given information aligns with your professional and personal aspirations & motivation, expertise, skills as well as expectations.

  • Ask yourself, why is this the right job for me?

Say you believe you are the absolute perfect candidate for the position – this too should transpire during an interview as you explain why you want the job and why you’re qualified for the role.

  • Research

Look into the company. Their website, social media pages, employer review platforms. There you will find further information that will help you better understand who they are, what they do, how they do it and why they do it. As well as, learn about how the company is portrayed by their current and ex employers. Of course, this should not be generalized but it can give a good indication of the environment that you could potentially join.

  • Preparation & Practice

Interviews can be very intimidating, if it matters to you, they most probable always are and will be, no matter how experienced and knowledgeable you may be. As such, make sure to prepare yourself for it as much as possible. Practice your speaking and body language skills with friends or family members or simply in front of the mirror. These techniques can help in building a strong and confident personality.

  • Setting / Travel arrangements

Be ready for the unexpected, interviews even if online tend to be stressful already beforehand. Make sure you test your equipment in advance, ensure that you are in a quiet and light environment, dress professionally and have something to note down the information as well as a glass of water next to you. If you have to commute, be sure to research the best ways of transportation and distance from you. Save your interview contact person’s contact information. That way you can make them aware and on time of any unforeseen circumstances.

The 3Bs

  • Be yourself

Overconfidence, Overselling, and oversharing can kill an interview before it even starts. Even if you have the most outstanding CV, experience, qualifications etc.. If your personality and character comes off as too much and too over the top then you are most probably out of the recruitment process in no time. Presenting yourself, assured, accurately and positively doesn’t have to feel forced but natural and that will transpire towards whoever is interviewing you.

  • Be curious

During most interviews, there will come a point, either during, at the end, or throughout where the ball will be in your court – take full advantage of the moment. But don’t just ask any questions and also do not ask many questions instead be first attentive to the information that is being shared to you as to avoid asking questions to which you were already provided with information and ask thoughtful and significant questions, those that really matter to you.

  • Be proactive

Prepare a follow up email after the interview, if you already have the address. In addition, most times, your interviewer will give you a timeline as to when you will receive feedback if that’s not accurate, don’t be shy to contact them and ask for an update.

Last but not least, smile and even laugh if the room invites for that :)

Your WECO Team,

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