Tips to Secure your Dream Job

By Brent Howland - Head of Growth @ Skilled

The only thing that stands between you and your dream job is the will and skill to get it yourself. There are a lot of candidates who prepare a glitzy resume and get selected for the interview round but, fail to strike the right chords even when they are a ...

The only thing that stands between you and your dream job is the will and skill to get it yourself.

There are a lot of candidates who prepare a glitzy resume and get selected for the interview round but, fail to strike the right chords even when they are a perfect fit according to the job description. Apart from exaggerated answers and an over or under-confident tone, nervousness, lack of conviction and transparency are some of the main reasons that prevent a candidate from continuing any further in the hiring process. Here are some tips based off my experience that will help you secure your dream job! 

  • Be well versed in knowing your resume!

Before attending the interview, make certain that you know everything in your resume. This might seem obvious and a little silly because you were the one who wrote it. But you would be surprised on how people tend to forget what they put in it because it could have been written awhile back! So make sure to take out time and go through it so that whenever the interviewer picks up a point and asks you to elaborate on a specific section you can! Being able to talk about specific parts of your resume in a way that showcases you can do the job you are interviewing for is key!

  • Review your the job you are interviewing for!

Conduct thorough research about the company that you have the interview scheduled with; look through their goals, market statistics, production graphs and their expectations from an employee. Place all your understanding alongside your skills and experience and weave them with one another in such a way that the interview doesn’t sound one-sided, meaning, if you only concentrate on the development of the company, it will inevitably sound dull and sugarcoated while, when the focus is entirely directed towards yourself, the hiring manager will most likely cut you off for bragging!

  • Study Competency questions 

You must understand that the questions at an interview will not be wholly confined to your future role in the company; some of them will revolve around your past failures and opportunities that were presented in your previous jobs. These questions are meant to get an insight into your social skills and personality traits. Use specific stories to answer the questions and try to keep them concise so that the interest of the interviewers’ remains engaged in the conversation. You should study questions that you think they will ask in this interview possibly getting advice from anyone you know at the company if possible!

  • Ask questions 

When you indulge in asking the interviewer questions, it is considered as one of the most beneficial ways of portraying your interest to learn more about the company. Generally speaking, questions that encumber the organization or the particular role that you have applied for will garner you with positive attention. However, note that questions about money would be a bad idea to talk about at such an early stage because it might seem that is your main focus. But be honest and think about what you would like to know, because ultimately it will be your decision if you want to join this company if you end up receiving an offer.

Good luck!