Finding the best strategy to get a job can be stressful. To ease your mind and prepare you for job search success, we spoke with two senior recruiters at Capital Group to find out what they are really looking for in potential employees.
A solid candidate did his homework.
Research is a foundation in job search. Before the interview, it is important to learn about the company and know why you are suitable for the position for which you are being interviewed.
Eve Santilan, a senior recruiter at Capital Group, explained that her first two questions for candidates are always, ‘What is it about this opportunity that interested you?’, And ‘What do you know about Capital Group?’ Your answers to these questions can make or break your interview.
“We are in an information age where finding company information and doing research is so easy,” Santilan said. “If someone can not give me two or three things that are specific to Capital Group, it seems he did not do the research.”
Pam Paulson, a senior recruiter at Capital Group, has echoed many of those feelings and encourages students to explore both the company and the industry in which they pursue.
“Do a glassdoor search, review reviews and refer to alumni links on LinkedIn,” Paulson said. She also encourages students to stay up to date on the latest industry news to give them a foothold during the interview.
If you take the time to prepare for your interview, they will pay attention.
Research is not the only preparation you need to do while you are looking for work. It is equally important to practice your interview techniques. Santillan recommends using your university career centers, which typically offer mock interviews to help you find your slot in the interview process.
“There are so many job fairs and places where you can practice your interview techniques,” Santilan said. “I encourage you to use the tools at your disposal, especially at your university.”
Paulson suggests keeping a diary of all the experiences you learned in class and at work. This is an easy way for you to pull relevant experiences over your head during interviews.
Some examples of relevant experiences are navigating group projects using zoom, learning how to overcome obstacles at work, and any school assignments in which you have used the skills relevant to the job you are interviewing for. The more prepared you are before the interview, the more relaxed you will be in answering questions.
Last but certainly not least, check your resume and cover letter again.
When it comes to your resume and cover letter, there is little room for error. Take your time to review them thoroughly or it will hurt your chances of getting an interview.
Santillan recommends being very thorough when applying for any position, especially if you are someone who uses the same cover letter for multiple jobs. One of the biggest mistakes she has seen in cover letters is listing the wrong company in your application materials. It signifies to the recruiting manager that you lack attention to detail. The second most common mistake she has seen is resume spelling errors.
“Recruiters want to make sure you’ve gone over your resume with a gentle comb,” Santilan said. “You read it back and forth, you read it, and you had someone else proofread it to avoid mistakes like that.”
Paulson suggests giving job search time because it is not an easy process and can be a job in itself.
“The interview is very difficult,” she said. “My mom would always say that the hardest job is finding a job, so give yourself space and time. Be reflective, and if you are rejected, think about what is in the job you wanted so much.”
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