Sasha Joseph recently received a Bachelors of Health Science with a concentration in physical therapy from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She is currently living in New York City and looking to get her masters in Physician Assistant in 2 years. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her big family or volunteering at hospitals. Also, she is a huge foodie, travel addict, and dog lover
Whether you are trying to land an internship or your dream job, there are some key things that may blow your chances of getting a job. I’ve put together five major tips that can significantly increase your chances of getting hired. Aside from having an awesome resume, these tips will help you get your foot in the door within any industry.
1. Always arrive early to a job interview. One of my old resident assistants would always say, “To be early, is to be on time. To be on time is to be late, and to be late is unacceptable.” Employers love to see job seekers arrive before the interview time. Arriving late shows that you don’t have the drive or ambition to meet the needs of the position or company.
2. Be mindful about your appearance on a job interview. Wearing the wrong attire can blow your chances of landing your dream job even though you have the perfect resume. Try not to be over casual. Do not wear tennis shoes, jeans, t-shirts, flip-flops, or shorts. Also, don’t wear anything overly distracting or revealing such as a short skirt or too much make-up. Big earrings or a lot of jewelry is not a good idea either. You don’t want to give employers the wrong idea.
3. Eye contact is extremely important when answering questions. Whether you are answering or asking a question, eye contact shows that you have confidence. Looking down at the table or your shoes depicts a level of nervousness. Also, looking away may make an interviewer think you are not being honest. Showing the right amount of eye contact makes applicants appealing and likable. If multiple individuals are interviewing you, be sure to maintain eye contact with each of them equally.
4. Be sure to have some questions for the interviewer. You should have at least three questions prepared for the interviewer. Asking about the company or the start date will show the employer that you are extremely interested in snagging the job. A sample question is “What are things your organization has done recently to show it values its employees?” or “What are the day-to-day responsibilities of this job?” You should research the organization before the interview to show that you’ve done your homework and have an independent thought process. Not having any questions may make you seem unenthusiastic about the position.
5. Thank you notes/emails are a great way to improve your chances. Your letter should reiterate your strengths and include anything you forgot to mention during the interview. Thank you notes may also include your references if you did not give it your interviewer. Letters should be sent within 24 hours of the interview. Most applicants do not send thank you notes so this is a good way to show you’re really interested. Not following up may show that are you not serious about the job opportunity. A custom note is great way to differentiate yourself from other candidates and ultimately stand out.