Employers get hundreds of applications per job posting. As an applicant, it can be difficult to stand out in your job search.
Although there is no “one size fits all” method for proving to an employer that you are qualified for a job, there are certainly a few areas you can pay attention to and make it more likely that you will finally snag that dream job. Let’s take a look!
Passion and Grit
Demonstrate your passion for the technologies and software the company uses for current projects. Show your interest in upcoming projects by asking questions and sharing ideas. This helps communicate that your interest in the position comes from your passion for the work involved.
Employers have a soft spot for people who love and enjoy what they do. Indeed, many employers would favour passion over years of experience. This quality in an employee helps the company in the long run.
A Culture Fit
Companies always analyze candidates’ personalities to see if they will integrate within their existing team and cultural framework. They focus on hiring someone who will fit their company’s culture more than their skill set. Do your homework and research extensively about the culture and values of the company you want to join.
During your interview, show that you possess those cultural values and are open to assimilating more in the future. Speak to the interviewers about your values and how they align with the company’s goals. For many companies, interpersonal dynamics outweighs skill set when making a hiring decision and could easily boost your chances of getting hired.
Problem Solving Skills
The interviewer will evaluate your ability to work in a high-pressure environment filled with challenges by assessing your problem-solving skills. Present to them certain instances from your past work experience or personal life demonstrating your problem-solving skills.
Most employers are interested in proving your ability to solve problems and flex your analytical skills. Give examples of your past work experiences handling complex situations without getting stressed. Highlight the instances where you took charge and came up with solutions in a short period.
Employers value the skill of dealing with unexpected problems effectively and seek the same in potential team members.
Honesty Is the Best Policy
Stay true to your identity. Avoid exaggerating your achievements or awards during the interview, and do not resort to lying to win over the interviewers. You may land the job with fake attributes, but sooner or later, the truth will catch up with you.
Be as honest as possible while presenting your abilities. If you think you lack certain skills, talk about how you would prefer additional training to hone that skill. Your determination will be the key to a successful interview. Moreover, you may lose your job if your lies are caught during a background or reference check.
What do you bring to the table?
Do solid research about the company to answer the question about your uniqueness. The answer could be a specific personal quality or ability that ties directly to the position’s requirements.
Check out the company’s social media, website and related news to identify their current issues or necessities. Show that you understand the company’s needs and can address them in the long run. It points to the special quality that separates you from other candidates. Your answer should be honest and relevant to the job and company you are interviewing for, and not the same answer the interviewer has heard multiple times already.
These tips may help your next interview preparation. Your technical skills are evaluated, and your unique talents are considered. You need to be confident and stay calm throughout the process. Any job description is a combination of must-have and nice-to-have qualifications. That makes your position a bit dicier but gives you more options to explore.
Here at AHK Accounting Recruiters, we specialize in recruitment in the accounting sector in Ontario. We know what recruiters want, and we work with companies in all industries to find the very best and new candidates for every position.