5 Simple Tips to Attract Recruiters at Job Portals

5 tips to attract recruitersAlmost every professional person has a job profile uploaded to the internet because, accept it or not, online world is the most effective way to reach out to millions of recruiters. These recruiters are on the lookout for the best talents and you might be the one they’re looking for. But wait, did they notice you? Or did they just passed by that dull-looking profile which co-incidentally belonged to you?

There are hundreds of jobs that might be of your kind but failing to be noticed might let that lucky opportunity slip from your hands. Here are some simple ways to make you be seen among recruiters at online job portals.

Fill out maximum details
Job portals have a fixed format of CV in their website apart from giving you the option of uploading your CV in word format. It is suggested that you fill out the details and leave no section blank. The more the details you share, the more confidence recruiters develop on you. (More information means higher transparency of the candidate).

Link your profile
It is not always work that companies look at; social interactions also matter a lot for some jobs such as those related to HR and marketing to name a few. This has become possible to verify your social prevalence and behaviour by various social sites. So if you have a Facebook page or a Twitter handle, it is a better idea to link them to your job profile.

Always keep it updated
Job portals have a lot of new CVs coming up on their sites ad all these CVs stack over your CV that has not been updated since quite a long time. Updating your profile not only helps you showcase transparency but also makes your profile jump over these new profiles to make it visible.

That’s right, keywords matter a lot. Many job seekers don’t pay attention when filling out the ‘keywords’ section and this is the biggest blunder they make. Keywords are the words that recruiters enter when looking for a specific skill or job profile and when you don’t put the right keywords, you are far from getting seen.

Recommendations always help, offline or online. Portals such as LinkedIN have recommendation option that allows your colleagues and recruiters to recommend you. Use this tool to make recruiters develop trust on you.

Competency Based Interview Tips

Competency-Based-Interview-TipsInterviews can be daunting, especially if you’re unprepared, and many companies will often use some form of competency-based interview during the process in order find out a little bit more about you as a person and the work you have done in the past.

Traditional interviews will usually focus on your previous job experience and whether you have done a similar role before, competency-based interviews are used to try and measure you as a person and to find out if you have the necessary skills required for the position.

An [highlight]online recruitment agency[/highlight] will advise that you prepare for role-specific questions, but it is also important to ensure you have prepared answers to some more general questions should they come up in an interview.

Competency based interviews usually center on yourself as a person and your ability to do the job they have described in their brief. Companies tend to use these in order to find out how you would handle certain situations, and can be common in customer-facing roles and those positions where prior experience may not matter so much, including entry-level positions and graduate schemes.

By placing the emphasis on scenarios rather than working history, these interviews can help companies to determine whether you are right for the job. To do this you will be asked questions relating to certain parts of the job, such as dealing with difficult customers, and what you would do in said scenario.

Some common questions which may be asked include:

  • [highlight]“Can you tell me a time when you did…”[/highlight]
  • [highlight]“How would you react to…”[/highlight]
  • [highlight]“Can you think of an example when you did…”[/highlight]

Whilst it can be a bit daunting to be asked such questions off the bat, take your time and have a think about which situations best fit what they’ve asked. Be honest with your answers and try and vary them across a couple of scenarios, including examples from not just your school career but also in your daily life.

Companies will often list the core skills involved with the role, so reading through the job description before you attend the interview can help to give a strong indication of what they are looking for. Print a copy of the job description and highlight any skills which you feel may be paramount to the role and try and think of examples of how you may have applied these skills during employment or life in general.

Try and think of examples from your working life, but when it comes to everyday life try and include some examples of teamwork from when you were in a sports club or other group activity. When it comes to examples from school try and use examples of presentations you may have done in front of class, or any group projects you were part of.

By having a rough idea of what is required for the role and some strong examples of how you may have applied these, or dealt with a certain scenario; you can help to bolster your chances of securing the position and getting your working career off to the best possible start.

Making The Most of a Job Interview (Even if You Don’t Land a Job)

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I guess you people are wondering “What to make out of an interview which doesn’t land you a job?”

An interview is much more than just an offer of employment. There are a lot of things to learn from an interview besides just the job. Learning from the last interview is the best way to prepare for the upcoming job interview. Below are the few ways to make the most of a job interview.



Play the interview over in your mind. Try to figure out what went wrong. Review your presentation to the interviewer, your conversation and interaction with the interviewer, the answers you gave to the questions asked to you. Try to figure out what went wrong and the problem arose. Think out more on how you could have answered or presented yourself differently in your next upcoming interview. For example, If you gave one word answers, try to figure out ways to answer in a detailed manner. If you were too casual presenting yourself, try practicing presenting yourself in a more serious professional manner.

An interviewer is the only person who can pin point your mistakes in the interview. This is the best way to prepare yourself for the next upcoming job interview. If it is possible, ask the interviewer on a later date for his advice and comments on how you could have performed well on the interview and his tips for your next interview. His comments will definitely help you identify small things you were unaware of during the interview. Also ask him for specific examples and techniques do deal with some out of the box questions.

Your interview didn’t go that well may be because of your inability to answer the questions efficiently and accurately about the company, its current position in the market and its future plans. It may have been because of the reason that you didn’t do a proper research on the company. One needs to do a proper research of the company for which they are applying the job. Look out on the internet about the company’s past, its future plans. Prepare yourself according to the facts about the company. Ask the current employees about the company’s current position.

Well the past interview is your but now I guess you learned enough from it to prepare for the next. As it is said “Make the Most of Your Mistakes

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Interview Preparation: Tips and Techniques

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Going for an interview first time is quite nervous. Below we will discuss about preparing about an interview but before that you need to know some facts. An interview invitation shows that you are definitely a candidate the interviewers are looking for, for the vacant position. It is an estimated fact that more than 75% candidates are rejected at the application stage only.

Let’s talk about interviews now. Talking about bigger organizations, they will definitely have interviewers who are already personal professionals which are highly trained, skilled and experienced interviewers. You should expect the interviews to be step by step and well structured interviews to obtain maximum out of you. While at smaller organizations and firms you will be most likely interviewed by a partner or the owner himself who may not be a skilled and experienced interviewer. Against such interviewers you can work out their questions as a means of conveying your points to clear out with the firm. It can be good tactic to change the direction of the conversations to the topics you are more strength and highlighting your strong points. But again, for this you need to be a decent at talking out.

Interviewing techniques:

  1. The straight forward step by step interview where one is asked questions about and around his CV/application form.
  2. Criteria based interview. These are such interviews where one will be asked to explain his way of working with different situations with a team where you should at least reach the expectation levels of the interviewers.
  3. The off the point questions type interviews where you are probably asked hypothetical questions or give out your views on something which are challenged and you are dragged into an argument. These types of questions help them know your reactions and how cool can you keep yourself under crucial circumstances and situations.

Step-1: Things to check before attending an interview:

  • Go through your resume/cv again
  • Prepare for expected questions
  • Check clothes
  • Read vacancy details
  • Find out interviewer’s thinking – what they want and expect from the candidates

Step-2: Make a good first impression:

  • Arrive in time
  • Make a confident entrance
  • Keep good posture, look self-confident, handshake, and maintain eye contact

Step-3: Interview:

  • Be prepared to talk, but not over talk. Use your hands while you talk
  • Be honest
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for clarifications
  • If you feel like asking something, go ahead and do it but it should be relevant to the post you are applying for
  • Illustrate your answers with proper and suitable examples
  • Keep your calm and hold your nerves. Don’t show desperateness!
  • Show yourself interested for the job

Step-4: Ending Part:

  • Read out the interviewer’s body language, know when the interview is over
  • Thank them for their time!
  • Smile and leave.

The above illustrated points will help you out to deal with an interview. Being judgmental for any interview can really become a reason for turning down of you as perception makes a lot change to the attitude of a person who is appearing for the interview. Being over-attentive can also affect to your gestures and leads to nervousness, the best advice is to be calm and positive for your interview irrespective of the outcome and play natural in all circumstances.