How to Get Hired Quickly in a Startup
Remember that employers are just as pressured as you are; seize their attention!
Being nervous before a job interview is common for anyone looking for a job, but did you know that the person who will interview you is probably just as nervous as you are? That’s because they have a lot of pressure to choose the right person.
Hiring the wrong person costs a company millions of dollars. The CEO of the huge company Zappos, Tony Hsieh, said that hiring unsuited employees has cost him more than 100 million dollars. And these mistakes are made by many interviewers because they usually have very little time to decide; therefore, they land on the most performing person regardless of his credibility.
This is where you step in. You must count on the fact that companies rarely have a deep and thorough examination of your resume, so your best bet is to impress them in just 60 seconds.]
It’s always hard to grab a single person’s attention in very little time, especially a total stranger, especially in a stressful interview. But with the 60-sec strategy, where you deliver your point briefly and properly, demonstrating why you are right for the job, you will ace it.
Stand up with the 5 most marketing skills
We’ve established that most job interviewers tend to be overwhelmed by the pressure of numerous applications that they might not foresee the optimal applicant. That’s why you should learn how to stand out in an interview.
The key is the 5 point plan which sums up your most marketable qualities. By outlining those traits and emphasizing them during the interview, you make sure that the interviewer will never forget you.
Your 5 points strategy shouldn’t be the same for every interview. You should customize the agenda to put each company’s needs and objectives uniquely.
Customize your 5 points in 3 steps
- Write down your experiences as well as the responsibilities you’ve taken in your field.
- Focus on the areas you excel in.
- Research the company’s background to fit into its description.
For example. If you apply for a graphic designer’s job, your 5 point agenda might be:
- Your 10-year experience with a famous online retailer.
- Your huge portfolio with unique and original design work.
- Your expertise in building websites.
- Your leading editing skills.
- Your fluency in 3 languages.
Job interviews tend to be overflowing with anxiety and fear, which can sometimes lead to nervous rambling.
It is crucial to approach any interview with complete calmness and confidence. Following the 3 factors regime will help you achieve that.
- Never skip basic preparation. You should always prepare the answers to the most common interview questions and keep them handy. Also, get to know the company better by researching its product and services.
- Reflect your answers on certain experiences that you’ve encountered. Companies want to be sure that you are well suited for the job, and being specific will make you credible and more reliable.
- Present yourself as the perfect worker; people generally prefer to label others. Millennials, for example, are foreseen as tech-nerds, while elder generations are believed to be less driven and more traditional.
Sell yourself like you’re selling a product. You are reliable, experienced, quick, and flexible with great communication skills. You are dedicated and productive and always willing to learn and improve to be an asset to the company.
The questions you ask during the interview count as well
At the end of the interview, you’ll probably be asked if you have any questions. This is a good chance to leave a good impression, and those questions are key determinants to whether you are fit for the company or this job is better suited for someone else.
Many interviewers will pay a great deal to the type of questions you ask and what those questions tell about you as a person. That’s why you must think those questions through. And it can’t be stressed enough to never ask salary-related questions not unless you are offered the job. Other than that, you’ll come off as someone who is money-oriented and not passionate.
Your question research should happen before the interview. Write down some of your concerns and use them to know what to ask for.
This will make you appear to the interviewer more dedicated and truly interested in the position that you took the time to thoroughly think through.
If some of your questions were answered at some point during the interview, make sure to point them out. For instance, you can say, “the questions in my list regarding training policy have been answered.” this will emphasize your focus and interest.
Don’t underestimate the non-verbal communication skills
Most offices have lost the traditional and formal office dress code and tend to be more casual. A job interview is a different story, and it’s simply not ok to dress casually for an interview.
Employers take a great amount of consideration to your outer look, and not dressing appropriately can cost you the job in the first few seconds. The way people dress tells a lot about their persona, and every company wants to see how you would represent it.
Your clothes should be cleaned, ironed, and formal. Ladies should not wear heavy makeup and attempt a simpler and more natural look. Have clean and tidy hair with good hygiene.
Appearance isn’t everything. Your nonverbal communication skills can be game-changers, practice a form of a handshake and make sure to maintain eye contact. Keep a proper posture, and act accordingly. You should look friendly, professional, and attentive.
A job interview might seem intimidating and scary, but when you pin the key elements for a successful interview down, the whole process will pass through much more smoothly