What Makes Me Hire You? — From a Recruiter
If you are a job seeker, I am sure you have gone through hundreds of articles on the internet on what to do and what not to do in an interview; how to dress, how to speak and basically everything that might give you a clue on what makes you get through that interview you are anxious about. Now it is the time for you to sit down and listen to what exactly makes your interviewer hire you, from the practical and genuine perspective of a real recruiter. An interview is a human interaction, and it involves many things than merely a polite smile and a file full of certificates to make a solid impression on a recruiter, finally making them to say “You’re hired!”.
You should have heard this from many people in many different versions, and you are probably tired of trying to living up to this vague demand of making a good first impression. Most of the articles online and personality gurus make a good first impression sounds like nothing but a neatly tailored outfit, a smile and a handshake — which is not entirely true.
The first impression that you make on your recruiter largely depends on which industry you work in. Therefore, while it is always great to kill the handshake and the initial eye contact, you do not have to worry too much if you stumble a little. As a recruiter who is seeking the best person for the job, the chances are that I would probably overlook minor setbacks in the very first impression you give me.
A killer resume with an attitude to match
A great resume will always give you a good advantage in your interview, however, for a recruiter, it is important that you have an attitude to match all the skills and achievements you have listed beautifully on your resume. Again, this particular “attitude” may differ from one industry to another.
In general, you should be able to prove in a word or two that you have actually done what you have claimed to have done, and that you really know your way around your expert field. For all these to work together, it is important that you have a considerable on hand experience in the industry. With knowledge available to everyone in this internet culture, as your recruiter, I would want you to have not only the theoretical knowledge you learn in school, but also an up-to-date understanding on things work around the world at present with regard to your particular industry.
A Fine Online Presence
Let me tell you what we all know, but hardly talk about. Your potential employers almost always Google you! A recruiter can usually understand a good deal about one’s personality from their social media presence. It is a part of your personal brand, and with you being potentially someone who would be representing the company, it is important for a recruiter that you hold yourself in a pleasant demeanor online.
I am sure you have seen many and more instances in which people lose their job because of their inappropriate behaviors online. As your recruiter, I do not want to hire anyone who would be a risk to the good reputation of the company. This does not mean you have to always be formal in your personal social media profiles, but your general public online presence should be respectful.
Being a team player
It is one thing being an introvert, and it is another being a completely socially distant individual. As your recruiter, I expect you to be approachable in a way that the rest of the team can work with you easily. This also do not mean you have to be extremely extroverted and loud in order to get hired. However, make sure your personality is as such that your employer can trust to you work among a team without any communication or other issues.
One of the important places a recruiter gauge this about you is when you talk about your past employers. If you were a good team player to that company, it is unlikely for you to talk too bitterly about them despite how bad the experience you have had with them. Therefore, it is important to a recruiter than you are eager and willing to work for them, while not being too harsh to your previous employers as well.
Last but not least, the level of enthusiasm you have towards your potential new job is very notable through your words, behavior and overall body language. As a recruiter, I would observe if you are truly passionate about joining my company. Not every job is happy and sunshiny every day, and therefore we need positive and enthusiastic people in the workplaces who approach even the most tedious tasks with a positive optimism.
Here’s a tip! If you feel like you are lacking any knowledge and skills for the job, this is where you can make up for it. A recruiter would always pick an enthusiastic candidate with slightly less experience and yet willing to learn, over someone with a lot of experience but with zero enthusiasm.
Finally, if you have an interview tomorrow and you want me to give you one last minute advice, it is to relax. You recruiter is also a human like you, who very likely spends Friday evenings listening to music drinking a beer. Being too scared or panicked on how you speak to your recruiter will only reduce your chances. Take a deep breath, smile and do your best.