Job applications should consider texts, full-lengths musicals and personal questions.
Tyra Wu ’19
1. Employers love persistence: Once you’ve sent your resumé to a potential employer, make sure to follow up with them to ensure they have received your resumé. But why stop at one phone call? Send them a text, email and handwritten card. Leave a lasting impression and show them just how much you want the job.
2. Work on your handshake: Everyone knows that a firm handshake is key to making a good first impression. When you first meet a potential employer, make sure to grip their hand extra firmly, the longer the better! Bonus points if you make unwavering eye contact the whole time.
3. Be memorable: Most often you will be competing with people with similar qualifications. In order to make yourself stand out, highlight your unique talents. You did musical theater in high school? Perfect. Write and perform a full-length musical detailing your qualifications and passion for this position.
4. Ask questions: Make sure to ask plenty of questions, not just about the position and the company their free time? Where do they see themselves in five years? What did they think of the “House of Cards” finale? Asking personal questions about the interviewer shows your curiosity. Furthermore, getting to know your interview will allow you to cater your interactions to their preference.
5. Include anecdotes: Interviewers want to get to know you outside of your resumé, so make sure to include personal anecdotes. Have a great story about Thanksgiving dinner? What about that hilarious story about a police officer chasing you from a party? Share it. The more your potential employer knows about you, the better.
6. Be confident: Employers want employees to be confident in themselves. You are the best, so why not act like it?
7. Do your homework: Employers want to know that their employees understand the company’s brand. Make sure to research the company. Read the company website. Talk to past employees. You should be able to recite the company’s “About Us” page word-for-word. After all, what other employee can do that?
8. Be on time: Oftentimes people are told that the best employees are the ones who arrive the earliest and leave the latest. Why stop there? Take commitment to the next level and live in your office.
9. Honesty is the best policy: Employers want trustworthy employees. What better way to build trust is there than to spill your deepest, darkest secrets?
10. Remember everyone’s name: Remembering names shows that you’re observant and a quick learner. Make sure to learn everyone’s name, not just your immediate boss and co-workers. But why stop there? What college did they go to? What’s their favorite sport? Favorite food? Learning this information isn’t intrusive – it shows that you care!