Sometimes, a job search can feel like it’s dragging on and on. And on. You may feel like you’ll never find a job.
You may also wonder how many interviews you need to go on before something finally clicks. Well, here’s the thing. There’s no clear-cut answer for that.
And here’s why. If you go on just one interview, and you’re a perfect match for the job and you give a great interview—you may only need to go on one.
So really, you shouldn’t be asking “How many interviews?” You should instead be asking, “How can I leave no question in the interviewer’s mind that I’m the right person for the job?”
Here’s how, according to a leading provider of part-time evening jobs in Nashville, TN.
Have a Strong, Customized Resume and Cover Letter
Yes, you read that right. You shouldn’t use the same resume and cover letter for every job. Instead, you should have a basic framework that you can tweak to highlight certain skills or past job experiences. You may want to place more emphasis on certain skills and knowledge based on the qualifications listed in the job description. This makes it much easier to get called in for interviews that are perfect matches for you.
Network on Social Media
It’s easier to get hired when you come highly recommended. So get out there, make some connections, and then work those connections. See if anyone knows of any job openings. And then ask if they can recommend you to the hiring manager. The kudos of another person in the company can go a long way for a hiring manager who’s on the fence!
Prepare for Your Interview
Of course, if you’re prepared you’ll be more confident and do better at your interview. Practice common interview questions and answers, and research the company. Have 3-5 questions ready to ask during the interview. Be polite and gracious, and follow up with a thank-you email as soon as possible after the interview is over.
Make a Connection with the Interviewer
You’ll be more memorable, and you’re chances of getting hired are higher if they feel you’re someone who is likable and easy to get along with. If possible, find out who will be interviewing you and look them up on social media. What are some things they like? If you can find something you have in common, bring it up in conversation during your interview.
Contact a Staffing Agency
A recruiter will only match you with interviews for which you’re a perfect candidate. They want you to succeed and can give you advice on how to do your very best.
And if you’re in search of a recruiter, contact Wood Personnel. To learn more about our available jobs, visit our job page.