Understanding How Hiring Decisions Are Made (And What You Can Do About It!)

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If you’ve never been responsible for hiring someone before, the process may be a bit mysterious. Understanding what your interviewer is looking for is the key to understanding how to prepare so that you can get hired. Typically, the hiring process has three crucial steps, and there are things you can do to maximize your potential for each of them:

Phase One: The Application
Your job application, from your resume to your cover letter to any other materials you submit, is the first interaction you have with a company, and it’s important to make it a good one. You don’t want to have any mistakes in your dates, your titles, the names of your employers, or your skills. When a recruiter comes across a typo, he or she is more likely to put your resume aside and pick up the next one.

Phase Two: The First impression
First impressions are made within the first thirty seconds of meeting someone, so when you’re called in for an interview, make sure you’re ready to go the second you step into the building. Be well groomed, be polite to everyone you encounter on your way, whether it’s a receptionist or the mail clerk, and make sure when you’re introduced to your interviewer that you have a firm handshake, a confident smile, and that you make eye contact.

Phase Three: The Interview
This may be the most intimidating part of the process. In an interview, you are free to sell yourself however you choose, which is perhaps why many people freeze up. You can’t sell yourself if you don’t know what to say, so make sure that you have an overall idea of why you’re a great fit for the job. If you have a big picture idea, it can give you direction when answering smaller, specific interview questions. All you have to do is lead the conversation back to your qualifications.

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