Job hunting can be compared to dating.
You cannot appear desperate even when you want the job. You need to show that you know your worth and are not afraid even when you get rejected. You trust you will be able to cope no matter what.
This doesn’t mean though that you should act lax. Rather, strike a balance. Take control of your emotions. And remember these tips.
Never claim you’ll do anything for the job.
If you know your worth you would not resort to doing anything asked of you, just so you can land the job.
Even when you are indeed desperate when being hired, still manifest optimism toward the future.
Talk about your professional background, and company milestones you took part achieving. Be careful though not to imply you’ve already reached the peak of career success. Express excitement about looking forward to future career opportunities.
Do not go to the extremes. Make your statements a balance of confidence in what you have reached so far, and the desire to do better and contribute toward organizational growth.
Follow up but be careful what you say.
The fact that you followed up already shows that you are interested in the job.
You need not express it in your cover letter, more so repeat what you stated during the interview. Instead, say you appreciate that the interviewers made time to talk to you.
Raise significant points in the conversation, or those advice the hiring manager shared that made the most impact on you.
Show that you paid attention during the interview.
Don’t get started with the blame game.
No one wants a whiner.
Admitting your failures isn’t a sign of weakness. Pointing fingers to others is.
Never badmouth regardless the role that others played why you lost your job or were laid off from your previous company.
Play sort of hard-to-get.
Even when you are available to start right away, do not make it obvious to employers.
Let them pursue you and show that other companies are also interested in working with you.
If you must take out a note with a fake schedule, that’s okay, they would not know after all. As long as you do not drop names, you will do no one harm claiming you are also scheduled for interviews with other firms.
So you have learned that the company isn’t imposing any dress code, and that employees get to report in casual attire. Can you then show up in the interview wearing jeans and shirts?
Stick to the corporate attire as a sign of courtesy. This is the universal dress code after all for job applicants. You shouldn’t worry about being looked upon differently as you enter the office premises.
It’s okay for the interviewer to dress casual and you on your suit. It will never work the other way around, unless employers tell you beforehand to come in casual.
Don’t be pushy.
Wait at least 48 hours before following up. And do not be too demanding on your e-mail.
Rather than waiting on the phone or refreshing your inbox every hour, explore other job opportunities. Talk to your friends. Coordinate with the alumni network in your university.
Check job postings.
When you are not bent on waiting you will not notice the time go by.
Just do not forget to follow up so employers will know that you are interested, and to as well avoid your application from getting overlooked.