One of the most commonly asked questions by job seekers is, “How can I get hired?” Of course, that makes sense. If you’re a job seeker, it means that you’re seeking a job.
Landing a job is about more than just what you do during the job search process. It’s about your mindset as a job seeker. With the correct approach, you can increase your chances that you will be hired. With the incorrect approach, you will continue to “bang your head against the wall” in employment frustration.
The mindset that can help you to achieve success is best summed up by this one directive: forget about what you want.
That might seem counter-intuitive. After all, you want a job. That’s why you’re embarking upon a job search in the first place. What good does it do to forget about the fact that you want a job?
Well, you’re not forgetting about the fact you want a job, per se. You’re not even forgetting about what you want in a new job. You’re just not focusing on or emphasizing what you want in a new job, at least when it comes to your interaction with company officials.
To understand this better, let’s take a look at things from the employer’s perspective. It’s often helpful to see the situation from another point of view in order to gain a greater appreciation and understanding of it.
You care very much about finding a job. When the employer posts a job because they want to fill it, that employer does not care if you personally find a job. What that organization wants to do is fill the position with the most qualified person possible. They want somebody who is going to provide valueas an employee.
Bottom line: they want somebody who is going to help solve their problems. That is the top priority of the hiring manager. That’s what they care about the most.
So it only makes sense that you should care about that, as well.
As with most things in life, finding a job and getting hired is a matter of motivation. As a job seeker, you must find out what motivates the organization that wants to hire. Then you must make it clear that your interests align with theirs.
If the hiring manager’s #1 priority is to find a qualified and experienced candidate who is going to provide value and help solve the organization’s problems, then you must address that priority.
In other words, you must produce evidence of two things:
That you are a qualified and experienced candidate
That you are going to provide value and help solve the organization’s problems
These are the things that you must emphasize during the hiring process and especially during the face-to-face interview. Forget about how much vacation time you’re going to get. Forget about whatever perks you might be interested in. Forget about what you want—at least for now. Instead, focus on what the organization wants and needs.
Asking how the position impacts the organization in terms of importance and production
Asking what you can do immediately to help the company once you’re hired
Asking what the top needs of the company are and how the company is planning to meet those needs
Unfortunately, some job seekers are self-centered and self-serving during their job search. The end result is often a failed process and protracted disappointment. Change your mindset, switch gears, and set yourself up for success.
Time Staffing Inc.