X. In many positions, it is important to ask for the job – because you will not land the position until you do. Hiring authorities tell me that it is refreshing when a candidate say, “I would like to work for your company.” If you can honestly make this comment and you are not desperate for just any job, make sure you communicate your interest to the interviewer. Should you feel the position is a good match for your skills, tell them so.
IX. By following up promptly you will show the company that you have a sense of urgency. First you should send an email thanking them for their consideration – remembering this may be deleted. But don’t stop there - send correspondence by snail mail – thanking them for their time and consideration
VIII. The interview is not over until you have a few minutes to ask the interviewer a question or two. Experts agree that you SHOULD NOT ask about money, hours, benefits or those matters that interest you. Instead you should probe to see how you will fit into the corporate culture, contribute to their goals and set the pace for performance. By asking good questions, you will distinguish yourself as a candidate worthy of consideration.
VII. Prepare for the interview. Most interviews begin with the telephone screening process. You need to take the telephone screening process seriously. When looking for a job, keep your résumé at hand. Remember your number one goal is to schedule a more in-depth interview with key team members. A good interviewer will have three to five qualifying questions. These questions may be framed in any number of ways to see if you are a good fit for the company.
VI. Follow directions clearly through the on-line application process. On-line applications can be tricky. You must complete them fully. One corporate recruiter said, “Our on-line application process is critical if a candidate wants to work for us. We see too many incomplete applications where candidates just attach their resume.” She went on to say, “We have opt out questions that will disqualify candidates.” Perhaps you should spend a few minutes reviewing the application to see what those questions might be.?