Tips for new job seekers: Understanding the hiring process

for new job seekers: Understanding the hiring process

To say people get disoriented and lost in the hiring process would be a serious understatement. Most people are familiar with the hiring process, as the theory is pretty simple. The practice, however, is both competitive and demanding, and many people have trouble understanding it fully.

The basic hiring process is a recommendation procedure. Interviewees give their responses, and the interview panel makes a recommendation for the best person. This means, obviously, a comparison between candidates. That's entirely competitive, and it's performance based to a large degree. You can do an interview, get everything right, and not get the job.

It's also a matter of pushing the right buttons. The interviewers are required, both by employers and by law, to meet job criteria. There's little margin for error. Employers aren't usually too thrilled by bad results from interviews, and many interviewees will dispute a decision, if they can.

For interviewees, this means understanding job criteria, and giving a clear indication of meeting them to the interviewers. Job criteria are basically a checklist. Interviewees either meet them or they don't. If you don't meet them, you don't get the job. Or, if you meet them but don't convey that you do, you also don't get the job.

The interview process isn't an exact science, and it's come under a lot of scrutiny in the employment market for inefficiencies and mistakes. That doesn't help job seekers much, because you have to deal with what you've got, and your interview performance is the main issue. All interviews are different, and if there are common elements, the interviewers are all different, too.

This is really a communications exercise, as much as a performance issue. To be successful at an interview, you have to engage interviewers, interest them, and show some positive values; reasons why you're the guy for the job. That's not easy when you're talking to people conducting their twentieth interview for the same job.

It's doable, though, and you'll find with the jobs you get that's exactly what you did. You communicated, you said the right things, and you got through to the interviewers on a meaningful level.

This level of engagement is absolutely critical in the hiring process.

The entire job market is based on finding suitable people. The only methods available to job seekers are all based on communication and good levels of information, whether it in your CV, your cover letter, or your interview. To get a job, you have to meet their standards throughout the process. Most of the hiring procedure is dedicated to excluding unsuitable applicants. Phone interviews, for example, are interviews serving as filters. It's all information quality and performance. Many employers also use basic skills tests, to eliminate lower grade applicants.

You usually only get one shot at a job. Stay alert, and think about what information you provide.