This post was originally published at Work It Daily
I am sure you must be very frustrated when you receive 100s of rejections to your job applications. When you receive the first few rejections, you are fine with it. You roll with the punches.
After you receive 20 rejections, you think maybe you were under-qualified or over-qualified.
After about 100 rejections, your confidence is completely destroyed. It’s bad. It’s really bad. I have been there…
However, I need you to understand something important. All of these rejections have very little to do with your qualifications. It’s just the system that is rigged. Let me elaborate…
Before doing so, let me introduce myself first; I am Deniz Sasal. I am a manager with PwC Consulting in their strategy consulting department. I am not an HR but a Hiring Manager. You will soon understand in this article why I needed to mention that bit. I am also the creator of Landing Interviews Guaranteed and The Career Mastery.
Ok, let’s continue…
Right, about the rejections…
So, as I was saying, it really isn’t about you. There are two primary reasons why you are receiving 100s of rejections all the time.
1. You Are Just Using Wrong Methods.
Have you been guilty of “click-applications”? Have you been secretly sneaking out of your bed to check Monster.com or Indeed.com for new jobs and making your applications even before checking out the job descriptions? Well, you are not alone. You are probably spending way too much time at those sites along with 10,000,000 other candidates! What are the odds of your resume standing out from 500,000 new ones being added to their database every single week? Pretty slim… As I said, you are just using wrong methods. We’ll get to the right methods soon. Stick with me, will you?
2. Fake Jobs!
The second reason you receive all those rejections is because there are so many fake jobs that I suspect now outnumber the real ones.
Yes, I just said it; fake jobs! I got in a legal trouble a couple of years ago for calling out those employers. But, hey, I no longer name names…There are many reasons why companies post fake jobs. First one is the fact that they want to trick financial analysts into thinking they are growing or not affected at all by any recession. See, financial analysts actually look at such metrics; number of vacancies posted online is one of them. I used to work for S&P so I do know a few things about metrics.
Another reason for the fake jobs is because sometimes companies buy job space in bulk at the beginning of the year to get a discount. However, when they don’t grow as fast as they projected, they obviously can’t hire those number of candidates. So, instead of leaving the job spaces that they bought empty, they just put up fake job posts and tie them up to an e-mail autoresponder that automatically sends out a “thank you but no thank you” e-mail. Funny thing is they see this as a brand management campaign. It sure is funny… In preparation for my free course Landing Interviews Guaranteed, I actually went ahead and proved this. I suspected a major employer posting fake jobs. So, I went ahead and prepared 50 perfect resumes for 20 vacancies they posted. These resumes were literally perfect. They were not overqualified nor underqualified. As I said, just perfect. There was simply no reason for any of these resumes to be turned down. I was really proud of my 50 fake resumes. Any “real” employer would have been extremely happy to receive these candidates.
So, the result?
Oh well… All of these resumes received auto-rejections exactly 5 days, 3 hours, and 30 minutes following the submission of the resume for the jobs. What are the odds of that happening now? As I said before, pretty slim…
Ok, I don’t want to create a very negative situation here. I am merely saying that if you are receiving 100s of rejections and your confidence is down, then please pick up your confidence, because you have a battle to fight. You just need different tools now.
So, first things first. Let me tell you how the “real recruitment” happens at big corporations.
The Art Of Resume Objective Writing
When you are looking to write your resume objectives, you may be a little skeptical as to how to handle all of it. If you are confused, here we are to help you understand precisely what a résumé objective is all about. For more additional interviews guide or how to answer the best interview questions just keep reading all article and you will find everything you want to learn about it.
The Résumé Summary And Objective
Some of us tend to get confused between résumé summary and resume objective. You need to understand that these are two different things. Let us see what the precise difference between the two of them is.
A résumé objective is essentially meant for beginners who are looking to get their first job. It can also be used by experienced professionals, but mostly it is done when they are shifting to a new vertical or another domain. This actually makes them somewhat a fresher too.
A résumé summary, on the other hand, is meant for all those who are experienced in their area of expertise and are not looking to make any shuffling in their working area. They are contented in their own domain and want to work in the same field.
In a résumé objective, you do not need to mention the core details of the achievements. This is because as you are a beginner, it is likely that you do not have a lot of achievements and accolades to talk about.
On the contrary, in a résumé summary, you will need to mention about your prior experience and let your interviewer know what has been the key strength of your career.
One common thing which binds the two has to be the goal you have. While the background will differ for the résumé summary and objective, but the goal would be the same. It has to pertain to being selected for the job.
When you are writing the resume objective/summary, you need to understand that it is the highlight of your résumé. Suppose you apply for a job application wherein there are just 7 vacancies. In case, the number of applicants shoots to above 100, the first round of selection would filter a lot of applicants. This may lead to a larger emphasis on résumé objective.
When the interviewers are hard-pressed for time, they would simply skim the résumé objective/summary to gauge your application. Would you want to lose out on your chance of bagging the job simply because you were too reckless to focus on your résumé objective?
Be Precise But Powerful
When you are writing the résumé summary, know the art of impressing. You need to use limited words but send your message across. The objective needs to be powerful enough to force your interviewer to actually consider your application.
Look out at other winning objectives and derive some kind of an idea and inspiration from it. Mainly, let the interviewer know that you have a clear goal and you are looking to develop your future along with the organization and grow with the whole team.
The decision and passion in your statement should be credible and fiery enough to convince your interviewer to shortlist your application. All the best!
The Job Preparation
When you are looking to prepare for a job, there are a lot of things you will need to be mindful of. Here we will give you some kind of an idea as to how you can prepare for the job in a befitting manner.
First of all, you need to make sure that you are preparing your CV in an apt manner. Your CV will form the first line of selection. Unless your CV is impressive, your hiring managers and HR are not likely to be impressed with your application.
When the interviewers look at your application, they do not have any other means to judge you. So, your CV needs to be apt and up to the mark.
Now, make sure that you have all the documents ready when it comes to appearing for the interview. If you end up missing on any document, it will create a bad impression and you should avoid it at all costs.
So, double check all the details and ensure that your folder is neatly stacked with all the documents in it.
The Dress Code
Be mindful of what you are wearing to the interview. Do not dress wrongly and you need to stick to the formal code of conduct. You should wear neutral office shades like black, gray or even dark blue. Avoid tangy colors as they do not usually blend with the office theme.
Ideally, if you have any other reference which you can chip in, you should make it a point to send them. References can be handy and they always help you gain some extra points. However, you need to be sure that you are entering the right particulars. You should make sure that the references are the ones who would actually be willing to recommend you if your interviewer cross-questions you.
This is not mandatory but it has been seen that answering questions with the help of presentation often turns out to be an effective strategy. You need to make it a point to have a small presentation because you never know how much time the interviewer may have. This short ppt presentation will especially help you the most when you are asked tell me about yourself job interview question. If you don’t have any sort of a guiding material in hand, you may run out of time and structure to explain your background properly.
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So, you should check out the possible interview questions for which you can make the presentation and then prepare it well. One key exception is with Uber. If you are preparing for an interview with Uber, I strongly recommend you check out this guide for Uber interview questions. It’s very detailed and way more than I can cover on my own. Do not have too many slides and none of the slides should have a lot of words. You need to be proficient in the use of PowerPoint presentation because your inability to do so can be detrimental to your application.
Keep these points in mind and start your preparation for the interview. When you are willing to adhere to all these points and you really have the skills needed for the job post, it should be fairly easy for you to clinch the job.
We do understand that the competition is tough and a lot depends on the luck, but you need to put in your best efforts and what better way than to prepare for the interview efficiently.
The Letter Of Interest Tips And Tricks
Are you looking for a job but not finding ample opportunities? It can be really frustrating to look for a job but not find one. In such cases, the thing that can help you the most has to be the letter of interest. A letter of interest turns out to be handy especially when you manage to send it to the right person with the right message. Let us get down to the dynamics.
When Do You Need The Letter Of Interest?
The letter of interest for a job is mainly sent to someone who is directly involved in the hiring decision. This letter is a plea to the person stating your skills and asking for a job opportunity if any. Owing to the purpose of the letter, you need to be sure that you are sending it to the right person.
Some of us make the mistake of sending the letter of interest to the CEO or the owner of the firm. Now, you need to know this that the CEO or even the owner is not likely to know the exact vacancies in a firm. Until and unless, the firm is really small sized with little manpower, the CEO won’t be involved in the hiring decision.
So, you should look out for the hiring manager as they are the ones who have the best picture regarding the exact spots that are vacant.
How To Frame The Letter Of Interest?
Now that you know who the right person to approach is, the next thing which you need to do is ensure that you frame the perfect letter. Let us give you the right pointers to help you out.
Ideally, when you are writing the letter of interest, you must introduce yourself. The inability to give a proper introduction is going to hurt your own cause. When you send in the letter, think from the perspective of your hiring manager.
He has no clue who you are and how you obtained his mailing address. Out of basic courtesy, he would appreciate a little introduction. The best approach is to outline his achievements and talk about his amazing blog posts (if any), his career blogs (if any) or whatever else that seems like a good thing to say.
Once you have set this foundation stone, you can then talk about how you can help him and be a part of his team. Of course, you need to ensure that your tone is polite and you should always enclose your CV along with it too.
There are umpteen letters of interest sample which you can easily find. Make it a point to study some of them and it should give you a fair idea of how to write one. Make sure that the salutation, name, your CV and the particulars are correct.
The presence of even the slightest errors can be detrimental to you. With the right approach, who knows you may be able to spot the perfect job that you have been looking for. The moment you have your interview scheduled, let the preparation start in full swing then.
Demonstrating The Job Skills
When you are applying for an interview, you will need to ensure that you have the right skills needed for it. Often people find it hard to understand which of the skills should be displayed. When you are being interviewed, your skills will surely be put to test.
Let us see how to best display the skills you have and then put them in your resume.
Know What Your Skills Really Are
The first thing you need to do is find out your true skills. One of the common problems which we all face is not knowing the exact skills that we have. This is why you need to watch out for the skills you possess and the one you will need for the sake of being a good fit for the job.
This analysis is important and will turn out to be handy as well. Once you make a comparison of the skills you possess and the skills needed for the job, it will help you gauge your suitability for the job post.
If you find that there are a lot of other skills that are needed for the job, it is better for you to work on those skills and make them a part of your resume.
Make A Powerpoint Presentation
The next thing you need to do is ensure that you can make a PowerPoint presentation. With a PowerPoint presentation, you can showcase your problem-solving skills or even the different skills that you have. You do not need to make too big a presentation but having something which can portray the skills you have in an immaculate manner can always help you in impressing your interviewer.
Make sure that you adhere to the rules of the PowerPoint presentation which include having limited text in every slide and not using fancy font either.
Show A Live Demonstration
In a few cases, if you end up getting a situation such that you can show a live demonstration, you should do that. We know that this can be a little difficult, but try and look for practical ways by which you can show your interviewer that you really have problem-solving skills. There is nothing which works as well as a live demonstration.
Use these pointers and give the best demonstration of your job skills. While an interviewer will assess too many factors but your job skill is surely one of the core aspects which they are going to judge. So, do not leave any scope for errors. Work as hard as you can and be smart enough when it comes to your interview.
Along with polishing the skills you have, always make sure to stay confident and cheerful. When you have a happy smile on your face, it is definitely going to impress your interviewer because the stress shouldn’t be visible.
A job interview demands you to be attentive all the time. Start the preparation beforehand and then wait for the right results to appear. We hope you get the best job!
Improving Your Confidence
When you are appearing for an interview, it is extremely important to be confident. Confidence is one such virtue which in itself can help you land a job. So, if you are looking to do your bit for the sake of clinching the job interview, you have to be sure that you first of all work on the kind of confidence you exude.
When you are not confident in the way you approach, it is going to create a lot of problems. Some of us are naturally confident and have an outgoing personality while the rest of us may face difficulty in interacting with others. So, let us see some simple and effective ways of working on your confidence.
The Mirror Effect
Standing in front of the mirror and looking in the eye and practicing your speech is by far one of the most common, popular and effective ways of working on your confidence. When you are looking to be your confident self, you should try and work on this mirror exercise. This will definitely create a befitting difference and you will be able to enjoy the perks of confidence.
Even if you are an introvert, you need to interact with others. The more you interact with others, the more freely you will be able to express yourself. You should make it a point to confidently talk to others. Think of what is the worst that can happen – you won’t be able to convince others and your ideas may not be accepted by the rest of the people. This isn’t earth-shattering, is it?
It is alright for each one of us to have our own ideas and notion. You do not need to sweat it out. Your focus should merely be on talking to others and not getting claustrophobic when there are too many people in and around you.
Meditation and yoga has a lot of potential. When you put in an hour for both these activities, you will see how it will bring in a positive change in your mindset. Confidence is a lot about mind-power. When you start to believe in your own abilities, it won’t be hard for you to be confident.
So, use a blend of all these methods and it will help you emerge as a more confident person. When you are confident, the ease with which you will be able to tackle interview questions is going to be a lot smoother. So, you need to ensure that you work on this aspect.
Interviewers have a lot of prior experience and this is why they can easily spot a confident applicant and the one who is not. So, start working on these skills. Confidence is as important as hardcore skills which are needed to carry out the different activities.
With the right confidence, you can definitely make a difference and you will get an upper edge over your competitors. Impress your interviewer and be hopeful that you will make the cut. Confidence also plays a key role in taking online test, be it Uber analytics test, Google analytics test, etc. So, it doesn’t only apply to interviews at all. Confidence is a key enabler for any of your ventures.
That’s it for today. I hope you benefited from today’s article.
See you next time.
The 5-Year Vision And Goal Plan
One of the common questions which are often asked in an interview has to be the one pertaining to ‘where do you see yourself in 5 years’. Now, this can be a little tricky and you need to understand the logic behind the question so that you can answer it in an apt manner.
The Reasons Behind The Question
When your interviewer asks you where you see yourself in 5 years, the main reason behind it is to see your planning strategies. No one likes to hire someone who doesn’t even have a sense of planning. The way you answer the question tells a lot about what you plan and how you execute it.
When you do not have any kind of future plans, it will hamper the kind of impression you will project. The interviewer wants to see the vision you have and the kind of ideas you have for your own future. If you do not have the right kind of idea about where do you see yourself in 5 years, it will force the interviewer to ponder about how you are going to take any further business decision.
The Best Way To Answer It
Ideally, when you are looking to answer this question, you can choose either of the two approaches.
First, you can give them a clear picture of your plans. One possible answer could be as follows.
In 5 years of time, I see myself having a stable career. I wish to grow and evolve into a better corporate person with skills far more refined and developed. I hope to be a part of <firm name> and become an avid leader that can inspire my team to achieve greater goals.
Secondly, you can be honest and let them know that you do not have a clear 5-year plan. When you are doing this, it is important to answer in such a way that it doesn’t look like your weakness. You should sugarcoat your answer aptly and here is one way how you can do it.
As I have just started in the corporate world, it is hard for me to know for sure where I would be in 5 years from now. However, I aspire to be a part of a firm wherein I can add value to the team and be a great leader. I hope to evolve with time and increase my proficiency.
Now you can see both the answers and analyze how varied they are. Both of them are apt and it is upon you to check the details. Gauge the behavior and outlook of your interviewer and then decide which of them seems to be apt for you.
The real idea here is to impress your interviewer with the way you answer the question. Every single thing is going to be analyzed meticulously and you need to ensure that you are giving your very best. You never know which aspect might make a difference and so you will have to put your best foot forward so as to get the job you want.
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The Thank You Letter – Perfecting The Art!
When you have just had a great interview, you might be basking in the pleasure and it may so happen that you will forget to send the thank you letter after the interview. Do not make this mistake. It is really important to be sure that you send a thank you letter after your interview.
This is not only a mark of respect but at the same time, it is also considered as an unwritten formality which is a part of the interview. When you know the tips, it doesn’t really take a lot of time to frame the perfect thank you letter. Some little details and a few samples should help you get this sorted.
The Tips To Know
Ideally, your thank you letter should not be too long. Keep it short but to the point. This way your interviewer shouldn’t lose interest reading it and it will serve its due purpose too.
Also, do not talk in too much detail about the interview either. You need to keep things simple. When you discuss any detail a bit too much, it might send a wrong impression.
Always proofread your thank you letter. it is extremely important to be sure that it is free of all kinds of factual, grammatical and any other errors as this can hamper the overall impression and turn out to be a disadvantage.
The Sample Letter
Hi Sir/ (name),
First of all, I want to thank you for taking out the time to interview me today. I had a great time and I actually managed to learn a lot of new things.
Your enthusiasm, in particular, is infectious and I aspire to imbibe your zeal to work. Having interacted with you, I now know that if I get the opportunity to work along with you, I will be able to hone my soft skills along with the hard skills in an apt manner.
Your leadership quality is inexplicable and the ability to inspire others really dazzled me. I was particularly intrigued by your discussion on <concerned topic>. This made me curious to research more and I stumbled upon <ref link>. I am sure you will love the information contained here.
Hopefully, we are going to meet soon and we can discuss this again. Look forward to hearing from you.
Now, this is an ideal letter. You can, of course, customize it the way you want. You need to showcase your interest and zeal because everyone likes to hire someone who is passionate and willing to do the job. When you are dedicated to your job, your letter should portray your enthusiasm. This can definitely play the game-changer.
Now that you have the sample and the tips, it shouldn’t be hard for you to write the perfect thank you letter. Start your research and preparation today and never forget to send in a thank you letter after the interview.
You should not leave any chance of impressing your interviewer because who knows what might trigger your selection decision. Take a look at this video for more information on thank you letters;
Handling Your Weakness
One of the best strengths any person can have is to know what your weakness is. There are a lot of us who are not well-versed with our weakness and this makes it hard to work on it. This is one of the key reasons as to why SWOT analysis helps in improving your own skills and abilities.
When you are not even aware of your shortcomings, you will not be able to rectify them. As most interviewers ask you,” what are your weaknesses” the ultimate job interview question, you will need to spend some time wondering what they really are. When you do not know your own weakness, you will continue to have them and this can hamper your professional career.
How To Find Your Weakness?
If you are looking to spot your weakness, you should make sure that you spend some time introspecting who you are. When you start self-introspection, it will help you discover who you are. It is important for you to know your strength, capabilities, talent, weakness and a lot more.
Until and unless you are familiar with yourself, it will be hard for you to let others know what your weakness is. Take a paper and note down all possible things that could be counted as your weakness.
Ideally, you should try and work on this exercise biweekly as this will help you keep the list updated. A dynamic updating is mandatory because it helps you know how much you have changed in due course of time and if your strategies are working for the sake of eliminating your weakness.
What Do The Interviewers Want?
When your interviewers question you about what your weakness is, ideally they are going to judge different things. Let us see what they are.
Firstly, they want to actually know your weakness. We know that there is no assurance that you will actually list your weakness, but once in a while, people do so. This is why the main aim of this question is to get some insight of your weaknesses.
The next thing is to assess how honest you are. The years of experience which the interviewers have gives them the ability to know who is giving an honest reply and the ones who are sugarcoating the details. You do not need to be outright honest but then do not lie either. Their experience can help them know how truthful you really are.
Finally, the interviewers are going to see how confident you are and if you are willing to work on your weaknesses.
Now that you know these inside points, we would like you to work on your weaknesses. Knowing what your weaknesses are and then improving them so that you can channelize it into your strength is the need of the hour. Those who can do this successfully are a lot likely to excel both in their job interview and later in their career as well.
Remember, it is okay to have flaws but it is not okay to do nothing about it.