Earlier this month, we published a blog post titled, “4 Things a Candidate MUST Do During the Hiring Process.”
Consider those four things the foundation of your behavior. That’s because you’re still competing against other job seekers and candidates. That means you still need to be at the top of your game, and that means standing out—in a good way.
Below are five ways to enhance your candidacy during the hiring process:
#1—Create a resume focused on achievements and value.
Hiring managers want to know about more than your work history. They want to know in quantifiable terms what success you’ve had in your previous roles. Specifically, they want to know what kind of value you provided to your previous employers. Specifically, how did you make them money and/or save them money? If you can answer these questions on your resume, then you’re already ahead of the game.
#2—Answer calls and return voicemails in a timely manner.
If a potential employer calls you, make every attempt to answer the call. If they call and leave you a voicemail, return that voicemail as soon as you can. If you’re not responsive, then the hiring manager will believe that you’re not that interested in the position. Also, it’s not professional or courteous behavior, and you want to brand yourself in a better fashion than that.
#3—Be available for interviews and appointments.
Hiring managers do not want to chase you around. They don’t want to cancel and/or postpone appointments that they make with you. If the position is important enough to you, then you will make time for a phone interview, face-to-face interview, etc. If you don’t make the time or you make the process more difficult than it has to be, then hiring managers will once again question your interest level.
#4—Be on TIME for interviews and appointments.
This is a natural extension of #3. If the position is important enough for you to make space on your schedule for appointments, then it should be important enough for you to actually show up on time for those appointments! Companies are looking for employees who can be counted upon and who are reliable. Not being on time erodes your credibility, not to mention your candidacy.
#5—Be 100% prepared to resign your current position (and NOT accept a counteroffer).
Organizations want candidates who are serious about finding a new opportunity, not candidates who are simply “kicking tires” and looking to wring more money or compensation from their current employer. When an organization makes you an offer, they expect that you will not accept that offer unless you’re absolutely sure that you want the job. So don’t accept the offer and then accept an offer from a competitor or a counteroffer from your current employer a few days later.
Candidates fail to follow these guidelines more than you might think. As a result, you’ll stand out from the crowd and enhance your candidacy simply by adhering to them.
You’re not competing for a new job in a vacuum. You’re going up against plenty of other candidates. Put your best foot forward by following this simple five-step checklist.
The Doepker Group has experience placing professionals in the Information Technology and Engineering fields, and we can place you, as well.