Sure, you’re a hard worker. And you’re good at what you do. But in today’s job market, unfortunately, that’s not enough to stand out. When recruiters (or worse, computers) have to sift through slush-piles of resumes for every position, they’re going to need something beyond the same-old “same-old” that everyone else is saying.
Being hirable is about more than just doing your job. That’s not to say that skill, experience, a good work ethic aren’t important: those are all essential parts of DOING your job. Actually GETTING the job, however, requires that you demonstrate to people that you are a leader—someone who regularly goes above and beyond, the glue that holds a team together and the oil that makes it run smoothly.
Today’s job-seeker must rely on an entire arsenal of skills and talents, but perhaps the most important of these is organization. From the ability to set and meet deadlines all the way to keeping your work space decluttered to reduce stress, every aspect of your job is affected by your organizational skill.
But how do you go about making sure the person on the other side of the interview desk knows this about you? We have some suggestions that may help.
Be professional, not formal.
Of course you’ll be expected to behave in a professional manner, which includes dress, arrival time, and approach. When it comes to the actual interview, however, taking a less-formal approach allows for a more natural, free-flowing conversation—which is the best way to give an interviewer a sense of who you are on a real-life basis. Going beyond the resume, as it were, provides a greater opportunity to show (not tell) the other person you’ll be a strong match with the company’s needs and culture.
Don’t wing it, though. You’ll want to think about examples you can use long before you actually get to the interview. Consider instances that illustrate your “can-do” attitude, as well as the ability to balance your work and personal lives. While it might seem like companies would prefer to hire workaholics, more and more are realizing that employees who can strike a balance are less likely to burn out, increasing the odds of them staying with the company for the long-haul—and that’s something hiring managers love.
Know what you’re getting into.
If it all possible, find out what you can about the person who held the job before you. Why? Well, when searching for a replacement for a successful employee, there’s a tendency to seek out candidates that will serve as their predecessor’s replica. Knowing how that person operated can give you a leg up on the competition.
Selective hiring, particularly in periods of growth, is essential for stability and sustainability. Based on that, hiring decisions are often influenced by what has worked in the past. At the same time, make sure you’re keeping the future needs of the business in mind: while management might be searching for a familiar candidate, new ideas are often highly valued as well.
We can’t really stress this enough: Organizational skills can make or break your candidacy.
- Time-Management. Knowing how to manage time is critical when it comes to keeping on task. Show that you can be aware of approaching deadlines and know how to allocate resources to meet them—this helps everyone do their jobs better.
- Physical Presence. As we mentioned earlier, a cluttered workspace causes stress. Show you know how to present yourself professionally and neatly.
- Resource Handling. Can you demonstrate a history of knowing how to delegate tasks to others, rather than trying to handle everything solo? The best candidates will be able to.
As a candidate, you should constantly present yourself as flexible, adaptable, and organized. Such abilities are vital to an efficient and productive workforce, and are therefore highly sought after by recruiters and hiring managers.