Don't put all your eggs in one basket
CHICAGO, IL -- An employer contacts you for an interview for a position that you applied for on-line. You get excited and your hopes for securing the position are high. Unfortunately, many job hunters stop looking at this point and put all their eggs in one basket assuming that the interview means that they have the job. Many are disappointed and end having a longer job search than necessary. Here are tips to help you crack the code:
Develop a job search strategy. Focus on who will hire you based on your experience and job skills. Target jobs in same or similar industries to your current or last job. Weed out the rotten eggs. You might be excited about securing an interview with a firm but the firm may not be the best fit for you. Research the firm and prepare a list of questions to ask during the interview. Remember an interview is a two way assessment not one way.
Don't stop the hunt. When you're contacted by a firm or a recruiter for an interview don't stop your job search. It's most likely to be the first interview of many more to come and perhaps just a screening call. Many job seekers unfortunately stop their job search only to learn that there were other candidates who were also interviewed and they too were not selected. Continue your job search during this period until you accept an offer.