When you begin to pursue a job that you really want, you need to be prepared for the level of competition you’ll face. Apply online, and sometimes it will tell you how many people have applied for that same job. That number can range in the high thousands and at that point, getting the job can feel a lot like winning the lottery. But you have to remember that it’s not quite a game of chance. There are ways to win a job interview and gain the upper hand. They may be more peculiar than you think so let’s look at some of the ways to win a job. These aren’t based on your level of skill, knowledge or experience. We’re assuming you have those three points ticked off, but that won’t be enough for you to win a job. So, what will?
Show Some Skin
No, not literally. Despite what you have heard, you can’t get a job with sex appeal. You can, however, get a job by showing your personality. Particularly, if your personality clicks with those running in the interview which will typically be at least one of your potential employers. This is why putting down some hobbies on the job application form isn’t the worst idea in the world. Or, even just adding them at the bottom of your resume. You might wonder why on earth you should tell a potential employer that you love basketball. Has it ever occurred to you that they might love basketball as well? We spend thirty percent of our lives at work, and people are looking to work with individuals that they can connect with on a personal level.
Show Some Culture
It’s not just about the knowledge you have for the job it’s general life knowledge that can get you the winning lead. Do you know some interesting facts about the Vatican? You will if you’ve ever used Vatican tour tickets. If Rome or even Italy is mentioned in a job interview, then you can bring this up. It pushes the interview towards a more personal level which can be beneficial. It won’t take over the interview, and you’ll still have to answer the rest of the questions correctly, but it can ensure that an employer remembers you. That’s important because then they’ll recall your interview even after they’ve seen fifty other people. This can be enough to win that job. It’s also why working over the summer isn’t always the best option. Instead, you should be exploring and expanding your horizons because that makes you a more interesting candidate when it comes to applying for a job.
The research is in, and it’s not good news for anyone with low levels of confidence. Attractive people do find it easier to find work and are more likely to be hired. This isn’t just physical attraction either. High levels of confidence will make you more attractive to those around you, but you shouldn’t dismiss the idea of making yourself look as attractive as possible. How can you do this? Well, get a haircut before the interview, go to a spa to relax and unwind or just by the best suit or dress. Appearances matter and all these little details could tip the interview in your favour.
We hope you see now that gaining the dream job is not all about knowledge or experience. It’s about showing who you are and finding a way to connect with the person on the other side of the table.