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Convince the Recruiter You’re the Perfect Fit: What to Say and What not to Say

Finding a job can be hard for some, and easy as pie for others. It depends on two main factors – the position you’re trying for, and whether you’re able to justify everything you’ve got on your resume. 

However, the one thing that most candidates take for granted (when they really shouldn’t) is the value that their interpersonal skills bring to the table. 

For instance, you could have the most basic set of qualifications, but a recruiter might take interest in you over a Harvard graduate simply because you seemed to interact better with him, and that showed your willingness and openness to learn and grow.

It’s a new year and most people are gearing up to find new jobs in fields that interest them—if you’re one of these people and would like to know some of the most easy (yet vital) tricks that will help you stand out from the rest of the crowd, you’ve come to the right place. 

Here’s a handful of tried and tested knowledge that will help you interact with recruiters better—let’s get started!

Get Your Essentials Right

First things first, you’re going to have to focus on the aspects which will give recruiters their first impression of you. Most often, this will either be your resume or your Linkedin profile. 

Here are some pointers which will help you stand out from the rest right from the beginning:

  • Use resume templates which make the content easier to read – this means there should be headings, bulleted points, and even line breakers to separate information and let people read the highlighted points even if they’re just having a quick glance at your resume (which they most likely are).
  • Avoid using words that you wouldn’t use when you’re talking to people – this means using fancy language that you know people are going to have to look up the meanings for. This is a problem because not only will it make you look like you’re trying to impress them with high-flown language, but will also give them the impression that you won’t be right for certain jobs (think: copywriter, blogger, marketer, technical writer). Instead, try to show your skill with words in other ways—like describing your education and experience with as few words as possible, without watering down the substance. 
  • Don’t let your resume exceed one page – there’s a high chance that they won’t bother reading the second page. Besides, most companies believe that resumes should only be a page long, especially if you’re a fresher or someone who doesn’t have years of work experience. 
  • Keep your Linkedin profile updated – even if you aren’t very social on it, it’s a good idea to show some form of engagement on it, and also have a decent following to show that you’re an active participator, and not someone who just created a profile last night. 
  • Always use professional photos – whether it’s on your resume or profile, avoid photographs of you having fun or chilling with the gang. Go for a nice headshot where you look professional and pleasant. It’s also a good idea to use a photograph that’s natural, instead of going for generic photos that you’d find on identification cards and licenses. 

How to Impress Them

We now move into the most important section – how can you impress them and get them to take an interest in you, even though there are hundreds of others they’d be talking to parallely. 

There are actually some ways in which you can make a lasting impression (for the right reasons). 

Here’s a walk-through of the things you can say (and avoid saying) to impress them and show them you’re a great fit:

  • Be natural and respectful – very often, recruiters have to deal with freshers who think they can impress them by being disrespectfully casual and pally on the very first call. This usually comes off as arrogant, for obvious reasons. The best way to impress anyone is by being respectful, while also staying natural and true to yourself – this will make them feel like they’re talking to a real person, not someone who’s being fake for the sake of it. 
  • Be good at what you know – if you’ve said you know something on your resume, make sure you’re actually knowledgeable about it. Otherwise, it may seem like you’re lying about your qualifications.
  • Understand who you are and why you’re a good fit – only if you know why you’re applying for the position and how your natural demeanor will match the profession can you explain it to them when they ask you. 
  • Avoid being generic – don’t throw around the words you’ve always heard people use such as “passionate”, “energetic”, and “motivated”. If you are those things, give them examples to show them you are what you say, instead of telling them.
  •  Don’t lie – very often, it’s the small lies which end up costing you big things. As much as possible, be as open and honest when answering any questions. 
  • Avoid being negative – don’t bad-mouth your previous boss or co-workers, or even your company. This will only make you seem unlikeable in the eyes of a recruiter. 

Also Read: Recruitment Process Optimization: Get The Most Out Of Your Tech Stack

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