Ways To Increase Chances of Landing Interview
By Khadejah Stegall
Khadejah is a part of the TLC College Ambassador Program and attends North Carolina A&T University.
Finally! You perfected your resume, sent your cover letter and applied for the job or internship. Guess what? Your work still isn’t done. If you just wait, you may be waiting forever.
Although just applying for a job online may be enough, you can increase your chances of standing out and getting hired by that company. Before you apply to any position, always be sure to match your skills and experience with the description of the job role and skills they look for. According to Glassdoor, most interviews are achieved from applying online, talking to a recruiter or being referred.
Keep reading to find out the next steps you should take after you apply for a position:
1. Attend networking events
Follow the company and check to see if they are recruiting at any local events. This gives you a chance to meet the recruiter face to face and let them know that you are interested in the position and how you already applied. By your sharpness and tenacity, the recruiter will most likely be willing to help you get an interview and they will tell you to follow up with them by sending an email of the position you applied for and your resume. Afterwards, they will send your resume to the main recruiter and if they feel that you are a good fit, they will extend an interview.
2. Reach out to people who already work at the company
It’s great to reach out to people to see how they got to where they are at. People love to talk about themselves, so asking someone who is in the role or department you would like to be in would be great. They could even mention your name to the hiring manager or put in a good word for you.
3. Send an email to recruiters letting them know you applied
Although they may or may not reply to your email, it’s still great for them to keep you in mind when considering who they should reach out to for an interview. They may research you on social media, so be sure to clean it up.
4. Follow up
Don’t be that person who just wants to know if you got an interview yet. Be genuine when you follow up. One good tip is keeping up with the company and anything new they have going on throughout their company. For example, if the company’s marketing team just won an award, mention that in the follow up email so the recruiter knows that you are keeping up with the company and it will be very impressive to them.
5. Keep up with the company on social media
Follow the company on social media. You will receive news about what’s happening within the company. Also, most companies has some type of recruiting page so be sure to follow that as well to see if they are hosting any events close to you.
6. Connect with the hiring manager on LinkedIn
Don’t be afraid to send the hiring manager and people in the department you applied for a request to connect on LinkedIn. This is one of the most proficient ways to stay in touch and keep up with what someone is doing.
Performing these six actions will definitely help you stand out among others who are also qualified for the same job.
Khadejah Stegall is a college mommy blogger that inspires others to achieve the impossible through the power of Jesus. She enjoys family time, eating vegan meals when it's convenient and mentoring others on professional development. To be inspired by more post, follow her blog at khadejahstegall.com.