6 Ways To Overcoming Improbability And Get Hired

You need to know that job search is a numbers game. What else can you do to land an offer? What if you knew which types of companies received fewer applications or were more likely to grant interviews? Would knowing any of this information make you more successful in landing an interview? Would knowing these things help change your job-search strategy? . The more you understand, the better you'll be at winning!

You need to understand which job opportunities are worth your time and energy. Then you'll want to know when and how to put in a little extra effort, when job searching.

1) Expect the process to take almost a month
Based on the search done, it is said that applying for a job takes 28 days or more depending on the seniority of the position, from the time you apply to the day you get the offer. With so many candidates to choose from, employers are putting candidates through more interviews, which takes more time and never expect miracles.

You can only do few things to hasten the process. If you are unemployed, it's crucial that you always have multiple irons in the fire. Never stop pursuing other jobs until you have an offer in hand.

2) You won't always get an interview
If you must pursue a job within one of the ultra-competitive industries, you must take the time to adjust your resume and application to ensure it meets the job's qualifications by using the right keywords from the job description. Just because you apply for a job, doesn't mean you'll win an interview.

However, it is quite difficult to land an interview with companies in media, manufacturing, consumer internet and technology. Careers in insurance, leisure and hospitality, and financial institutions appear to be easier to secure interviews with. Some companies are more selective than others.

3) Know where the competition is
If you were to pursue a job within an insurance or energy company, you would only be competing against 20 or fewer candidates, on average. If you want to work at a cool tech firm, you're not alone. Technology, media, education and consumer internet are among the most competitive industries, attracting the most applicants.

It's worth investigating companies in industries with less competition to see if the types of jobs you are interested in are available. Companies within insurance, energy, health care, retail and financial institutions see less competition for jobs.

4) Not all interviews translate into offers
Be prepared to explain why you want to work for the company and know which of your skills and experiences translate into benefits for the employer. Know everything you can about the company, its products and services and get insights from people who have worked at the company before your interview.  Just because you had an interview, doesn't mean you'll receive an offer.

5) How many interviews can you expect?
An organization will invest time and money getting you acclimated to their operations. They want to make sure you can do the job and fit in. What you need to keep in mind is that this review process works side ways. Depending on the level of the job, you can expect an average of three to five interviews. You should prepare to ask questions that evaluate work culture and management style. You also will have enough opportunity to assess the office and ask to meet colleagues and potential co-workers. These are significant factors that will impact your satisfaction with the job.

The reality is, employers are looking for a candidate who is a solid overall fit, will come up to speed quickly and immediately contribute to the company's goals. You must also craft relevant answers to some of the most popular interview questions. This means knowing how to answer "Tell me about yourself," "Why do you want to work here?" and providing specific examples of your successes. You'll also want to know how to address what you learned from your past failures and why you left your past jobs.

6) Beat the odds by getting referred
The best way to get yourself in front of the hiring manager is to use a referral. Referred applicants are five times more likely than average to be hired, and 15 times more likely to be hired than applicants from a job board. It may feel more productive to apply for jobs online, however, it is not more effective. Before you apply, always search your network for someone who works at the company.


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