We came across an interesting article from Business Insider recently, which looked at some of the common mistakes that jobseekers are making on a regular basis. Below, we have summarised accordingly.
Going into the job seeking journey with a firm set of beliefs can be dangerous, because if those beliefs are incorrect then you can be approaching your job search in completely the wrong manner. Knowing that many of these commonly held beliefs are myths can help you alleviate any mistakes you are making and give yourself a better chance of success.
I must convince the interviewer to hire me.
Many people believe that this is what the interview comes down to – but really it’s a test of if you fit the job and whether the job fits you. Approaching the interview with both directions in mind will always give you a better outcome.
Connections are a necessity.
“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” is a common phrase in job seeking. There’s no denying that connections help, but they’re certainly not the only way to land a successful interview. Networking is important, but don’t give up on traditional applications.
I have to follow up on my application.
Whilst a phone call or e-mail after the interview may have heightened chances at one point, today it can be detrimental to your chances of being hired. With such stiff competition for every job, hundreds of follow-ups could do nothing but irritate the hiring managers.
Qualifications are the most important thing.
Meeting the requirements of a job is the first stage, but applicants have to demonstrate what makes them more ‘hire-able’ than somebody else with the same qualifications. Engaging with the company, displaying accomplishments, being an enthusiastic and amiable person – all of these stand to net you a better chance than good grades alone.
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