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5 tips to get happily hired

5 tips to get happily hired

Getting hired is not the same than getting happily hired. That is because being hired is not an ending of something but also the starting point of a new relationship with a company, a project and its team. Being happily hired is slightly more complicated than getting hired. You'll want to gather information to make an informed decision and you'll want to start building a relationship from the interview. Let's see five tips to address these two points and getting happily hired.

First, ask questions during the interview

You really want to know where you are going to work before start working. Ask questions of your interest like “Which is the most innovative project you are planning?”, “Tell me about the background and culture of the team I’ll work with” or “How do you manage to solve that problem that looks that hard from the outside?”. Also, these questions show interest in the company, project or team, and managers love it. Clearly when hiring someone if she or he asks important questions about the business that adds-up. The message that is behind asking an important question for you is: “That is important for me, I want that information and I want you to notice that importance”. Asking is a clear win-win.

Second, be positive about your past experiences

You know, we all had bad experiences, that just happens. Bosses that we didn’t like, projects that failed or people that we disappointed. But you can turn that bad experiences into positive ones by showing what have you learned and being respectful. For example, if you got fired because you didn’t meet the goals maybe that was because the company was too strict about the goals, or because you tried a position too complicated for your commitment or because there were external factors that made you fail. Whatever the reason, you can learn that you want a more flexible company, or a simpler job, among other learnings. Explain that, explain that something bad happened, that you were implied and that you have learned something.

Third, take notes during the interview

Everything related to job research and getting hired is complicated. There is a lot of information about the company, the projects, the people that you simply can not remember. A simple and effective solution is taking notes. You can use these notes later during the interview to remember something important you wanted to know. Furthermore, taking notes during the interview is a strong demonstration that you care about what is happening.

Fourth, don’t borrow freely the expected soft skills

Most job offers today include the soft skills or culture that they expect the applicant has. If the company expects you to be curious and during the interview, you are asked about your soft skills don’t say curious if you are not. Otherwise, that will lead to disappointments. On the other hand, if you are indeed curious then explain an experience from the past that demonstrates that soft skill in action and the value delivered by using it correctly. Going back to the first tip, you can ask about the soft skills requested. For example, if the company requests initiative, then you may ask which initiatives were committed by the employees and how they drove that initiatives.

Fifth, ask for feedback

Feedback is free, sometimes is useful and sometimes not. But whether is useful or not it shows interest in progress, learning and humility. Asking for feedback is like saying “Hey, I do not know you, but I recognize that maybe you can help me, in case you can do it”. Asking for feedback just to make that impression is not a good idea, because once asked the other party expects a result. The result may be a change in the way you act or an acknowledgement that the feedback didn’t apply for some reason. For example, if you don’t like suits and the feedback is “Wearing a suit would be better”, you should answer that you don’t like suits but maybe there is another clothing that you like and also that is better. And also you have the chance to get useful feedback, if you don’t ask for feedback you’ll never get it.

There are many other tips that may help you getting happily hired. Tell us in the comments below the tips you know :D

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