Understanding the employer perspective
At this time most employers with job openings are being overwhelmed with applications. This has created a fear of making a hiring mistake amongst employers.
It is easier to choose between two people then it is between 200 people. Too many interviews start to blur the situation. Not to mention that a bad decision is expensive (salary, cost of training) and comes with the embarrassment of your company knowing you chose a bad employee when you had 200 applicants to choose from. Therefore I thought I would provide you with some quick facts on how employer sees things.
• Employers use resumes to screen people out. Poorly written resumes are placed in the “not going to interview” pile. If your resume is the first impression of you and you have not made the effort with it, an employer will have to assume that is your work ethic.
• Positive attitudes are great for the workplace. Employers can not “train” attitude so they will be looking for this attribute.
• If you show up late to an interview, you probably will be late to work!
• If you receive calls during your interview, you probably will receive calls at work.
• Listen closely and do not interrupt. Specifically for service oriented jobs this is a must. Your behavior during the interview is the behavior an employer expects you will display with their clients.
• Employers want to know how you can better their company and improve their bottom line! You should know the company you are interviewing for and how your skills will contribute.
• Facebook is like an unofficial resume for an employer to research. What does your Facebook page say about you?
• Dress like you want to work for the company you are applying with. If you are not sure what to wear, then visit the company before the interview and see what the employees are wearing. Frankly, if you dress like you stay at home all day, then that is what you will do.
• Understand that if the job you are applying for requires a skill like sales, an employer will expect you to demonstrate your skills. For example, they might hand you a pen and ask you to role play that they are a customer looking to buy a pen and you are the salesperson. So practice!
These quick facts should give you some insight into an employer’s perspective.