Whether you’re a passive or active candidate, it’s important to remain professional and communicative throughout the hiring process. If not, you may be weeding yourself out of consideration before you even have an interview. Here are three things you can do to boost your job search that has nothing to do with your qualifications.
Be Available, Schedule Time
If you’re on the job market while currently working, I know it can be difficult to make time to pursue opportunities and take calls from recruiters and outside sources. When presented a desirable opportunity, it is important to make time for the calls and interviews the recruiters or employers have arranged for you. Due to the high volume of applicants, companies will often move on from candidates based on a missed phone interview. It seems simple enough, but candidates miss interviews every day. In some instances, it’s easy to reschedule. But based on the hiring manager, one missed phone interview can be enough to eliminate you from consideration.
We often call this “kicking the tires.” If you are presented with an opportunity, be upfront with what you’re looking for in the next position. Location and compensation are often the most critical deciding factors in accepting a new opportunity. If you’re outside of the salary range or not set on the relocation, pursuing the opportunity further generally results in wasting the time of everyone involved.
On the other hand, during the interviewing process, if you’re truly interested in the position, let the company know! If you really like the position, it’s essential to express your excitement throughout the entire process.
Communication is the most important step in landing a job. We get it, everyone is busy. But making enough time to keep recruiters and HR in the loop can make all the difference. If something comes up and you’re going to miss an interview, just let the recruiter know as soon as possible. Rescheduling an interview is typically a very fixable situation. But without the communication, or when candidates “go dark,” it’s usually the first sign of red flags or commitment issues. And that’s the last thing you want to portray when going through the interview process.