Finding tips online on job hunting is easy, but knowing which one is worth your time and attention is a bit tricky. With so many career advice articles and job search guides available in the web today, it can be pretty overwhelming picking which to follow. This can lead to confusion and even a complete misunderstanding of the rules.
Lucky for you, this article will help clear up some of the more confusing job hunting tips out there. We’ll discuss everything from asking questions during the interview to the right way to ‘pester’ hirers when inquiring about the status of your application.
1. ‘Don’t ask about salary during the interview.’
Discussing salary or even benefits during interviews can be seen by some as a sensitive topic, so some candidates avoid raising the question during the process.
The good news is that some hirers are open about how much they’re willing to offer candidates right from the start that they even post the information on their ads, a welcome relief for those who feel shy about asking how much they can earn from the job. However, not all employers are the same and many would choose to be more discreet about the subject. What’s the right thing to do if the second scenario is the case?
The right way to go about raising the subject of salary during interviews is that it’s not a topic to be avoided altogether, but finding the right timing to raise your concerns about it. It’s best to not raise it during the earliest stages of the application, or even in your first interview. You would do better bringing it up during subsequent interviews, which is when you’d be least likely to cause offence with the question because you’re already one step closer to getting the job. If you have any questions about salary or if you’re thinking of negotiating your pay then don’t hesitate to open up then about your concerns. After all, it’s important that you’ll be compensated right for your role and experience.
2. ‘Use words from the job ad on your resume and cover letter.’
Some candidates, in an attempt to appear as the perfect match for an ad, use this technique while job hunting. It’s a good strategy but it can also backfire when done incorrectly. The problem occurs when too many industry jargons or keywords go into a resume or cover letter that they become a word-by-word copy of the job ad.
The best way to go about this is to just focus on the top three qualifications that the job ad asks for and address those in your resume and cover latter. You don’t want your application to sound like a parrot that just repeats what it hears from its owner. In fact, hirers would appreciate the fact that while you mentioned the qualities that make you a good match for the role, you also found a way to use your own words to craft your pitch. That’s instant creativity points for you.
3. ‘Try to build rapport with your interviewer.’
In an attempt to put candidates at ease during interviews, a few articles suggest this strategy to their readers. Some would even go so far as to put forth the idea that you should try to humor the hirer to lighten the mood. However, we say it’s best to be more discerning about when to apply this rule.
Remember that not all interviewers are created equal. Some would be formal and may even act cold toward the candidates, while others would come across as friendly and approachable. Use these cues to help you figure out how to act around your interviewer.
The same is true for the candidates. Others may find it easy to converse with strangers – for others it is a struggle. If you have the social skills of Oprah or the comedic timing of the late Robin Williams then go ahead and use this technique to your advantage. If not, then you’ll be better off not attempting it. The interview is already stressful as it is, so don’t get too pressured into building a bond with your interviewer.
4. ‘Don’t pester the hirer about the status of your application.’
Obviously, nobody likes to be annoyed. No hirer wants to deal with a candidate who would call in, day in and day out, to enquire about the status of his or her application – especially if he or she’s not qualified for the role in the first place. But asking totally zero questions about your progress is a bad way to go about it too. It’s completely fine to enquire about your status after the interview if you haven’t heard anything days after the meeting. Again, be respectful so a quick email or call would suffice in this situation.