This is how to beat the competition and get hired

If you’re eager to learn and you’re able to learn fast, companies will appreciate it (

If you're serious about getting a job, you need to ensure you've covered the following bases...

The job seekers' market, is still pretty much a buyer's market. If you as a jobseeker are serious about beating the competition, you're going to have focus more on finding ways to be more appealing than the candidates you're up against. 

That does not mean you should spend countless hours thinking about the other people who are vying for the same job. No! that's not going to work. Rather solidify your position as the best choice by familiarising yourself with these traits that hiring managers are looking for in potential employees.

You're qualified

Although this may seem like a no-brainer to you, you recruiters still come across candidates who apply for jobs they are not suitable for. If you're a junior in your industry, don't make the mistake of applying to a senior position. Only apply to jobs that are relevant to your qualifications; if you don’t have the necessary experience do not lie about it.

You’re a fast learner

If you’re eager to learn and you’re able to learn fast, companies will appreciate it. Try to show the interviewer that you can easily adapt into their company by sharing previous examples of how you had to learn new systems or processes quickly.

You show leadership

Having a managerial job title doesn’t mean you have leadership skills. You have to demonstrate to the interviewer that when needed, you can make a valuable contribution to the company by taking initiative and inspiring your colleagues. The interviewer needs to know that you’re more valuable than other candidates – that you’ll have a positive influence on your new team.

Read: Employee to manager: How to step up the corporate ladder

You’re open to new ideas and methods

Although you have experience and knowledge on the subject, you have to be able to show the interviewer that you’re open to new ideas. Show that you’re always willing to learn more and that you aren’t stubborn.

It’s okay to believe that your way is the best way, but it’s even better to allow others to express their ideas and for you to be open to them.

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You have a passion for the position

If you’re passionate about what you do and you really want to be part of the company, you need to show the interviewer that you care about your work and want it to make a positive impact on the company. If you show your interest in growing with the company and adding to its success, it’s a good indication that you’re in it for the long run and not just for the salary.

Before going to any interview, make sure you read and understand the job specs. Then relate your skill set and experience to what is asked for and needed. If the interviewer can see that you can meet all the job requirements and will make their life easier, you have a greater chance of getting hired.

But don't sweat it if they don't. You can always find a new job on Careers24.

Good luck!