You need to get your foot in the door, and preferably, you want to get your entire body in the door…before anyone else. According to research, it’s clear that employers are far more likely to hire one of the first people they’ve interviewed instead of the last person they interview.
Why is this? Hiring managers and interviewers are just like the rest of us – they’d rather get their job done in the least amount of time than to take forever to complete a project. At the end of a long project, they’re tired and they might become pickier than they were at the start. Enthusiasm doesn’t stick around forever, so you need to get yourself in that interview chair as soon as possible.
- Be qualified – If you’re trying to get a job, make sure you meet the basic requirements. This will ensure your resume doesn’t get tossed before you get that call.
- Increase your availability – When someone asks you to come in for an interview, make sure it’s as soon as possible. Even if you need to make your appointment at a time that is less than convenient, you need to get to that interview ASAP.
- Follow up – Make sure to follow up after you send your resume. This will ensure you stay in the minds of the company.
You may also want to be aware of when the hiring process will take place, if listed in the posting, and when the job was posted. The more time between when the job was posted and your application, the lower the chance you may have to get a call.
Of course, there are exceptions. But if human nature is any indication, the faster you are to the interview, the more quickly your next job may arrive.
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