How To Get An Interview

by pkmcr

In today's challenging economy before you get the job you have to know how to get an interview!

Getting an Interview

It's a reality nowadays that for every job or position that you apply for, there will be potentially hundreds of people applying for the job. It's no longer just enough to be qualified for the job.

You have to know how to beat the competition in order to be in the running for the interview and ultimately job.

So let's take a look at how to get an interview! 

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How To Get An Interview

One of the things that people applying for jobs worry about is appearing over or under qualified for the position!  They worry that it  might mean that they won't get the interview which could lead to the job they really want.

It is therefore incredibly important that you ensure that your

resume demonstrates how  your experience and other qualifications make you perfect for the job. This is not about telling lies or including things which you have not done.  This is about ensuring that you take the time to focus your resume on the specific requirements for the role.

The reality is that in today's economy there are many over-qualified candidates for just about every type of job.  Whether it's a blue collar job or a top executive positions it is definitely an “employer’s market” with there being fewer jobs than potential employees.

If you think that you may be over-qualified for a position, it might make a prospective employee think that you’d become bored with the job or leave when another, higher paying and more challenging job comes your way. The cover letter and resume itself should stress that this is the position you want and would be best for.

The cover letter of your resume is the perfect place to let a future employer know that you’re overqualified before he reads the actual resume. When you briefly describe your qualifications, you can parallel your experience to the job position being offered.

Then, even though your resume might distinctly show that you’re overqualified for the job, the employer will take into consideration how those qualifications can be instrumental to the position.

For example, if you were a senior accountant for a Fortune 500 company and the position you’re applying for is a small business in need of one accountant, you can stress that because of your vast experience you’re more capable of helping the business grow.

Your experience with a large firm gives you the advantage of being able to take the company from small dealings to mega deals and accounting practices.

You may want to tweak your actual resume to stress the experience you can bring into the company to help it grow rather than the fact that you’ve had a lofty and high-paying position within a large firm.

If you think you may be under-qualified for the position you’re seeking, it’s important to point out how the experience you’ve had exactly fits what they’re looking for. Even if the experience you’ve had is minimal, a little creative writing might get you in for an interview.

Enthusiasm can go a long way, too. Personalize by saying something positive you’ve learned about the company and tell them why you think you’d be a good fit. This is easier done in the cover letter section of the resume, but the meat of the resume can provide the reader with an idea that even though you seem under-qualified, your willingness to learn might make you a good candidate.

You can also stress in the cover letter of the resume that you may have some experience that would qualify you for other jobs in the company and, if so, you’d like to be considered for another position more appropriate to your qualifications.

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Updated: 06/22/2014, pkmcr
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ronpass on 05/25/2011

My wife and I run a recruitment and selection business and we find that two of the major reasons people don't win interviews are (1) failing to research the target company and (2) using non-targeted resumes. Our Merit Solutions consultants have worked with over 5,000 selection committees and they consistently report that these two aspects are the major failings of job applicants. Your article on how to to get an interview provides very sound advice.

mulberry on 05/25/2011

I am so very happy I'm not in the job market. This information however, would be extremely valuable to job seekers.

makingamark on 05/25/2011

Great page to start! Research the company can make all the difference - it shows a company that you've cared enough to try and understand what they're about.

chefkeem on 05/25/2011

Thank you for this informative article about 'how to get an interview', Paul. Our visitors will benefit a lot from your experience in this area.

pkmcr on 05/25/2011

Excellent advice Tony and thanks for taking the time to comment and share your experience

poddys on 05/25/2011

The best recommendation that I have is to have a relevant resume where you sell yourself adequately. First impressions count BIG, and that includes the first page of your resume, as well as the email or letter that introduces you.

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