If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know how to get there? Understanding what you want in a career before applying for a job is the first rule of thumb for interview success. Read this blog to find out why.

Job hunting isn’t the easiest task in the world. Why do you think it’s called the job “hunt”? It can be really challenging when you’re just starting out, and even more so when you don’t even know what you’re looking for!

We find that candidates often lose their way and start to apply for any old role. Whether its desperation or confusion that’s making you apply for everything under the sun, we would really advise against it.

When candidates apply for a wide range of roles it becomes confusing for us as much as themselves. As recruiters, we struggle to see exactly what path the candidate wants to take, which can ultimately result in a poor match.

Overall, this wastes our time, the employer’s time and the candidate’s time.

Our top tip to avoid this from happening in the first place is to understand what you are looking for in a career before applying.

  1. Ensures your job hunt is specific

Narrowing down your job search will make it much more efficient and effective. Rather than casting your net far and wide, spending more time on fewer, more suitable applications will heighten your chances of success.

  1. Will look better to employers in interview

Employers in interviews love to ask, “What are you looking for in your next position” and will disguise the question in a number of ways. What they really want to find out is if you have motivation and goals in your career – because you’re more likely to grow there and stay for a long time! If you’re confident about your career path, you’ll appear even more impressive in interview!

  1. Will help you to stay motivated

If you have some uncertainty about what you want to do, your motivation might begin to dwindle. If you’re not sure about whether a career path is a good fit for you, you’re going to find out sooner or later! We recommend the former.

  1. Get on the right track to your long-term goals

How can you get somewhere if you don’t know where you’re going? Establishing an “destination” will help you to think about how to get there and apply for roles accordingly. Think about where you are now and where you would like to be in 5 years. Does the role correspond with your own personal aims?

  1. Everyone is on the same page!

Having clarity about your career path keeps everyone on the same page. We can ensure we do the best job by you, as we understand exactly what it is you are looking for and can tailor our guidance accordingly!

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