From Resume to Training: Understanding the Hiring Process
Hiring a new employee is an involved and difficult
process. From start to finish it costs a company a lot of
time, effort and resources.
That is why companies are often intensely interested
in who they hire. They want to know if they will work,
and how they will fit in with the larger structure.
They view this time and money as well spent. They
know that a good new employee will improve the structure and productivity of the business.
Improving your chances
What can you do to improve your chances and what can you expect from the hiring process? Hiring
begins from the very first impression. Just like any good relationship, the first impression has to be good
in order to have a fighting chance.
Whether you are able to meet with the person hiring or simply submitting a cover letter and resume,
you should always put your best foot forward. Dress nice when you walk into the office.
Say please and thank them for their time and consideration. Stand up straight and be presentable.
This strong impression will tell the employer that you are confident, able, and work well with others.
You should keep this demeanor whenever you enter the office.
During the interview, sit well. Sitting well is sitting up straight and at the edge of your seat.
Don’t slouch into the back of the seat as it conveys unconscious messages that you are lazy or
disrespectful. Although some might say it doesn’t bother them that you lounge around a bit, you will
always make a better impression by sitting with good posture.
Answer questions firmly and be able to account for everything on your resume. As soon as the
interview is done, go out and buy a thank you card to say thank you to your interviewer.
Send it in the regular mail and make sure it gets to their secretary. They will proudly display it on the
boss’s desk for them.
The whole purpose of these ideas is to make an impression. They see a couple dozen people applying
for one position.
You want them to remember you, to make them like you for your respect and confidence. All of these
things show both.
Do them and you will put your best foot forward. Once your interviews and thank you notes land you
the job, here’s what you can expect from your new employer.
First, she will give you a tour
around the office to get you
better acquainted with the
people, processes and
departments found there.
You will be introduced to key
people in the organization
and introduced in return.
You will then have to fill out
the paperwork of a new
employee. You’ve never
seen so many policies and legal documents before in your life.
On these forms you will have to decide how much in taxes should be taken out of your account and fill
out a W-2 form. You will be asked to read through company policies.
Those policies will include company rules, lawful practices and sexual harassment training. Once all the
paperwork is done, then comes the actual training.
Many long hours can be spent with a trainer who will reteach you the rules, laws and sexual harassment
training before moving on to what you will be doing for the company. The process is long, and
complicated, and yet exciting, and worth it.
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