What Recruiters Look for When Hiring Recent Graduates

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You just finished school, and the next logical thing for you to do is find a job.

You just finished school, and the next logical thing for you to do is find a job. That can be extremely difficult when we live in a world with so many companies retrenching due to various economic reasons and the automation of processes. It is no secret that today’s market has minimum room for job seekers and rather encourages entrepreneurs or corporate entrepreneurs.

This does not mean that as a graduate you will not find a job, it simply poses the question, what exactly do you have to offer? Sounds cliché, right? But there are so many people that can do what you can do, and recruiters want to know how exactly you plan on differentiating yourself.

Here are a few things you need to know that will set you apart from other candidates and convince the recruiter that you are the perfect candidate for the vacant position:

Firstly, your CV is what the recruiter sees before they shortlist you as the potential candidate. It can easily be the gatekeeper. Therefore, you need to have a well-constructed CV that clearly outlines what you can do to add value to the success of the company.

Be as authentic as possible. So, your CV was great, and you have landed yourself that interview. Now it is time to convince the recruiter to hire you over an interview. Remember the person interviewing you has done this so many times and they are not looking for interview answers you find online. They need you to be yourself to be able to tell whether you fit into the culture of the organisation.

Have an opinion, challenge the interviewer’s way of thinking, show that you are present in the interview and you are not just doing it as a formality. Learn a bit more about the company and what it does and if you can, tell the recruiter your honest opinion and what you really think about what the company does and why you want to be a part of it.

We all have goals, tell the interviewer what exactly you want to achieve and how you plan on getting there. This will benefit you more than it benefits the recruiter because if there is room, the company will use its resources to help you get to where you want to be.

Dress professionally, show the recruiter that you took the time to prepare for the interview and you are ready to showcase exactly what you can offer the company.

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