Originally posted by ColoradoJens
reply to post by boncho
Attach a picture? I've never heard of this. Seems to make sense though. I'll keep that in mind. Thanks.
There have been a few people I was interested in hiring during the initial interview but I couldn't remember which was which, a headshot photo is a
major factor because it helps you remember who is who.
Mind you, it is not just one certain thing that will ensure employment. If someone is strong in one category but it outshines the lack in another,
they may be a solid choice.
If you are average or below average in every category, you are probably on the bottom of the roster.
My perfect applicant would be the following:
1. Sends email first with resume attached (picture in resume)
2. Follows up with a call to schedule an interview or comes in person. (mentions the email, if in person, hands me another but references the email
"You can also check your inbox for a copy")
3. During the interview makes eye contact, answers question before I ask them.
4. Shows respect for authority. "If allowed" "If that is okay with you" "My intent is: if that falls in line with the wishes of the business"
5. Makes a follow-up call 2-5 days after the interview.
Sometimes for owners or managers they are simply too busy to put a lot of time into the hiring process, all these things make their job easier. Some
time you might feel like you are bugging them or pressuring them. But that can also be beneficial to a lot of employers. They need reminders because
of business demands.
Some small businesses might not like this approach. Or overly automized corporations like McDonalds, etc. If they say, we are unable to hire for 2
weeks for _______ reason, it may be wise to wait exactly that time before following up.
If they say they are merely taking applications but not hiring for 2-3 weeks, etc. I would call and remind them the day before they said they would
make the decision, quick, concise and to the point -no small talk. "Hey Jim, just a reminder, I know you are making your final decisions tomorrow on
hiring, I would like to remind you of my wish to work for the company. I hope I am given serious consideration for the position and wanted to remind
you can get ahold of me anytime for questions or concerns." *Wait for response* "Thank you, look forward to hearing from you soon."
If you take some of the pointers I have listed here, roll it all into one neat package, with a little confidence, any position is yours.
Today I hire people, in the past I applied for positions. I can say that in the last five years I was never turned down from anywhere I applied.
For myself, I sought very specific positions, did my research on the company and by the time I get the interview it seemed more like I was
interviewing them than me. My research allowed me to confirm information, and in a couple cases I told them things they didn't know about their own
People often say send out 100 resumes and try and get 10 warm leads out of there for interviews, and 1 should net you a job.
In the past I was able to go 1 for 1. I don't suggest it for everyone, but it can be done.