How to get the interview

Careers with Hart
with Jay Hart

How will employers choose who to interview when they're considering somewhere between forty and hundreds of applicants for one job?

The person whose cv matches the exact specifications of the job will always get interviewed. However, employers will still interview at least another three people. How can you make sure you’re one of them?

Your covering letter will make the difference by offering employers insight into who you are, which of your skills meet their criteria and how well you communicate.

Your choice of language reflects your personality and helps employers determine whether you might be a good fit for the role and the work-environment.

For example, a passionate person will inevitably use words like "love", when a more tempered individual will say "like" or "enjoy" to describe the same occurrence.

When drafting your covering letter, make sure you re-read the job advertisement. Try to match their energy and even some of their own word choice. But make sure you’re being true to who you are. Misrepresenting yourself can lead to a very awkward interview.

Your covering letter should also concisely highlight which of your skills most closely match what the employer is looking for. For example, a Barista applying for a Receptionist position would emphasize the customer service award she received, how many words per minute she can type and the course she completed helping her become proficient in using Word, Excel and Outlook. Add this to her use of language that is compatible to what the employer is looking for and she becomes a very strong candidate for an interview slot.

The deciding factor can often be how well you communicate. Grammar counts! Get someone to look over your covering letter before you send it out.

And if you’re stuck? It’s time to reach out for help.

Contact Jay at Careers With Hart


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