From the Employer's Perspective


The employer's perspective is the only one that matters
if you really think about it.
Hopefully, you will be able to identify what makes one candidate better than another one. Use this as a guide to make any necessary improvements BEFORE you meet with a hiring manager.

Think about it... It is not easy trying to find qualified people to fill vacant positions. Put yourself in the employer's shoes (or chair, if you prefer). Would you want someone sending in a resume with coffee stains on it? Ask any HR rep and you will hear stories of people who apparently did not know the first thing about making a good impression - on paper or in person. Think about how everything looks from the employer's perspective.

You, however, are going to be armed with the information human resources people want you to know. Look at their world - from their perspective - and you will be much better prepared to provide exactly what they are looking for - a great candidate.

What is the employer's perspective?

1. Resumes are used to screen people out – not screen them IN.

2. The main force behind hiring isn't to bring out the best in people. Instead, what really is most important to the interviewer is the fear of making a hiring mistake.

3. Employees tend to look at what they can get rather than show what they can offer.

4. If you don't put forth the effort to make your resume look as good as possible, why would an employer expect you to put for the effort to do your best on the job?

5. Candidates who have a positive attitude will be more successful than those who do not. Don't carry a rotten attitude around – and especially not in an interview.

6. Interviewees who are not on time will probably not get to work on time.

7. Leave your cell phone in your car. It does not belong at work and it certainly does not belong in the interview.
8. During an interview, don't just wait for your turn to talk. Listen. Listen closely. There are clues that will assist every job applicant in answering questions more effectively if he/she only listen well.

9. Your attitude and behavior are as important, if not more so, than the experience you bring to any job. From the employer's perspective, you can be trained to do just about anything, but no one can train you to have a good attitude.

10. Experience is not the same as skill. Talk about your skills, especially the ones you have mastered which FIT the needs of the company. Better yet, describe those skills in terms of what they did FOR the company you last worked for. Qualify and quantify your accomplishment statements whenever possible.

11. Job candidates who can contribute to the bottom line right away are more likely to get hired than candidates who require a lot of training. (All other things being equal)

12. If you don't dress appropriately for the interview, you have already singled yourself out as someone who doesn't take the process seriously enough. Wear suitable attire.

13. How well do you know the company you are interviewing with? You see, it is not just about the job, it's about everything related to the job, too.

14. When your mother dropped you off to visit a friend or relative, she always said, "Mind your manners", right? The same rules apply to meeting with prospective employers. Be polite, courteous and friendly. Professional Conduct Rules.

15. Being yourself is important. Making a Great Impression is important. The result if you add both of those together? Be your BEST.


If you look at things from the employer's perspective, you see the process in a completely different way. Change your own point of view and you have a great opportunity to rise above the crowd.

If you want the "same old - same old" you can do things the same way again and again. If you want things to be BETTER, then you have to DO things BETTER.

Putting yourself in the employer's chair makes a big difference in how you approach your own activities (preparing your resume, cover letter and in an interview).

How Does This Help You?

Being able to reflect on what the employer is thinking is extremely helpful in the job-search process. Now that you know the Employer's perspective, you can better prepare yourself and your materials to match their needs.

Good Luck!

If you've read enough about the Employer's Perspective, try this article about Personal and Professional Traits

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