What Makes a Candidate the 'Perfect Fit'?
Employers are constantly searching for individuals who can be part of the department or the company. They want to have someone in the team with the most qualified skillset and impressive character.
Needless to say, even if you appear excellent on paper, the hiring manager's interview is still the make-or-break event that will determine if you are the "perfect fit" in the organization.
So, if you're on the hunt for a new job, here are six things employers say they're looking for in potential employees.
1. The Perfect Resume
(100% real. 100% you. )
During the initial stages of your job hunt, you will be required to submit a copy of your resume. In this step, the employer will evaluate your paper and see if you really are the one who will fill the vacant position.
To make an impressive resume, you need to analyze first the job requirements. If the job matches your knowledge and skills, let your resume highlight your essential qualifications, academic background, and other related work activities.
Here's a professional tip: use similar words in your resume that are in the job description.
2. The Cultural Fit
(Are you a yay or a nay?)
The perfect candidate, of course, extends beyond a resume. Most hiring managers look for someone who can fit in with their company's culture, both personally and professionally.
For example, if the company's core values are innovation and creativity, the interviewer will also look for someone who possesses these traits. Know that they will look for the green flags on your responses to questions.
So, as you prepare for an interview, make sure you research their business culture and get a sense of how you'll fit into the company.
If you're applying for a job that requires reporting in a physical office, you may easily notice the company's culture by observing its environment.
Is there a dress code? Is everyone appearing to be casual and laid-back, or formal and serious? Is the workplace open, or do people have their own offices? These simple indicators can reveal a great deal about the company's culture.
But what if you're applying for a virtual job? Well, it's easy.
Look into the company's website and social media sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and see how they live their culture.
3. The Working Style
(Are you self-motivated?)
Another aspect of fit is how you react to your potential boss' leadership style.
You have to keep in mind that every leader has a style you will likely have to adjust.
For example, if a manager is hands-off with employees, the company will look for a self-motivated candidate. Similarly, if the boss has an authoritative style of management, an interviewer may be hesitant to select a candidate who prefers to work alone.
As part of your preparation process, it's best to ask individuals who directly report to your possible supervisor. This might give you a better idea of the boss's leadership style.
4. The Interests
(It's not the answer that enlightens. It's the question.)
Make sure you have some questions prepared to ask at the conclusion of the interview so that the employer knows you're prepared and interested in the position.
Ask questions that aren't solely about what the organization can do for you (Oh yes! Save those salary and vacation time questions until you receive the job offer).
Make your questions more engaging. Avoid queries that demand a yes or no response, as these pieces of information you would like to know are probably available on the company's website.
While it's good to ask your interviewer to clarify specific points, stay away from asking about topics that have already been discussed. You don't want them to believe you're not paying attention.
5. The Confidence
(Believe that you can)
Highly qualified applicants who are honest about their weaknesses in interviews may have a higher chance of impressing recruiters than those who answer with generic responses.
The key is always preparation.
When addressing challenging interview questions like "Why should we employ you," brainstorm the significant points you want to convey, then write your response using bullet points rather than an entire paragraph response. Each bullet should have a few phrases to help you remember them.
Finally, do a mock interview at home. Practice answering the question aloud using these bullet points as clues. This will allow you to respond thoughtfully yet naturally during the interview, rather than seeming like an over-rehearsed robot.
6. The STAR Method
If you're asked behavioral interview questions, remember STAR! ⭐
This is a popular way to show how you've overcome a professional shortcoming in a simple but significant way.
By following these six simple yet effective tips, you're ready to become the candidate who fits perfectly in the company.
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