Job Application: always think Job Interview

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010 - Employment, Job Application, Job Interview


Job Application:

Always think Job Interview

Elaborate job application proceures

If there is one mistake that the majority of job applications make, it is focusing serially on their job application, over success in the final aim: the job interview

Why is focusing on the job interview a more successful strategy over focusing serially on:

The tendency to focus serially on the task of getting a job is brought about by a lack of experience. Probably, the last time you applied for a job, was at least 18months ago,  if not most commonly at present over ten years. Hence, thinking about the end game, and thinking about being dressed up in a suit as you will see it, being grilled by two former members of the Spanish inquisition will seem – daunting!

Therefore, just take it step by step.

Now, in most tasks, when in doubt or in fear this strategy would work. So why does it not work in job search or job application, or at least bring far less success?

Job Application

Simply because in a job application, you need to keep the story consistent and building along the employers job application process. Taking several serial steps means there is most often a disjointed story, resulting in the employer finding out no more about you than being a desperate job seeker. As I have said before, desperation = unemployment

Now, you could expect the employers process to build the picture for you. But the reality is, until you are in the interview room, the majority of employers recruitment processes are built around rejection over inclusion. Secondly, all employers processes will be built around assessment to a set of standards, over people interaction. One of the key concerns for executives applying for positions with large corporates, is that the Human Resources team will most often use the same basic level of entry employment tests and procedures for a school leavers as they will for a Chief Executive – if not initially, then at least at some point. If that is the mentality of the HR department, where only the fittest of job applicants will succeed, why believe they have your best interests at heart and will extract unknown skills from you for their benefit?

To build a consistent story and momentum through your job application, the only choice is to focus on the job interview. The key to a good job interview, and why most employers will engage a job applicant as a new member of staff, is answering the question “why should I employ you?”

Think Job Interview

In other entries on this website and blog, you will find the key solution to employment success for candidates is being able to tick three employer issues:

  • Functional fit – do you have the right skills for the job?
  • Social fit – will you fit in with our team?
  • Magnetic fit – do we share the same medium term vision, and hence will you stick around for more than 5minutes?

Magnetic fit is where the definitive answer is found to the employers question “why should I employ you?” If you can answer that question, then an employer will know you are their person, and want to employ you. The sooner in the job application process you answer that for them – perhaps in a subtle way in your Cover Letter – then the more likely your are to be employed.

Hence, if you are just staring out on your job search, think job interview and how to answer the question “why should I employ you,” and not how to complete their forms.

Good Luck!

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