Monday June 15th, 2015
Being self-employed or going into business isn’t for everyone – in fact, most are more comfortable with getting a job. In the current economy, this may not be as simple as it sounds; particularly for young people and for those looking to replace a pre-existing management job or career.
The process of landing a job can be pleasant – but applicants should know that it can also be a long and arduous process typically comprising of research, submitting of applications and/or resumes, and participating in testing and interviews. MAKE THE BEST OF IT and PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD at all times. There are many unwritten protocols that tend to govern the overall job search process. In the current, rapidly changing employment market, KEEP A REALISTIC PERSPECTIVE on what to expect and stay focused and “real”, remaining authentic to your offering, goal, and desired outcome.
Choosing to hire is a serious and significant business decision for any organization. Employees add considerable costs to a company’s overhead, as well as to its potential liabilities. Start-ups and going concerns alike have limited resources – and every additional or replacement employee must be carefully considered.
An organization’s sustainability is either measured according to its profits and losses or in comparison to its prescribed budget. As such, the cost of unnecessary hiring and/or hiring the wrong person can be detrimental to an organization’s bottom line.
It’s not surprising therefore that before even engaging in the recruitment process, management clearly articulates the organization’s operational requirements, projected revenues and business goals and determines also the types of skills and competencies required to meet those needs.
While a job candidate is reasonably more familiar with the interview and selection processes, an employer views the recruitment and selection process as a more comprehensive and involved exercise having a number of steps. It is beneficial for a candidate to understand the origins of the prospect role that they are applying for recognizing that the following steps generally constitute, from the prospective of the employer, the main elements in the recruitment, selection and hiring process:
It goes without saying that potential employers will be looking for core competencies when attempting to fill a vacancy. Of course, these will be dictated by the responsibilities of the job and will comprise of requirements that will include at a minimum such attributes as:
Importantly also, employers will typically have formalized what they expect candidates to demonstrate through the application or interview process. Things that may not be necessarily be revealed by job specification or posting process – and things that are often difficult to communicate by a candidate through formal written submission. While these will vary from one job to another, it is reasonable that a prospective employer will wish to see in its candidates such characteristics as:
Not intended to represent an exhaustive list, different jobs and different employers will be looking to satisfy implicit and explicit criteria related to the above (and possibly more) and will be guided also by the work environment’s culture and desired ‘soft skills’ standards or norms.
Perhaps a little overwhelming at first blush, it is encouraging and comforting to acknowledge that there exists some convention to what is being sought from position to position and from one employer to another – perhaps to different degrees, but nevertheless having an almost common resemblance through the market. For example, a department manager will be expected to be reliable due to responsibility for such duties as store lock-up or inventory management; but that hardly implies that a first-line customer service associate need not be reliable – just reliable in a different context.
While germane to whole job application process, candidates need appreciate that an interview is a genuine opportunity to sell your abilities and to impress upon the recruiters your suitability to join the organization.
Putting your best foot forward in the interview process means:
When presenting yourself, be mindful of the interviewer’s style or personality, and be mindful also of how you represent who you really are. The best approach is to be your authentic self. Personalities vary widely, so in your job search, it’s more about finding an appropriate match between the employer’s needs and your qualities. If you are qualified for the opening, present genuinely, and believe wholesomely that you are the right fit, the interview will go much better….and you will more likely hit it off with the interviewer.