Applying for multiple jobs at the same time can be time-consuming, especially if you also have a day job to hold down. Check out our top five tips for juggling multiple job applications and how to optimise your chances of getting offered the job you want.
Keep your options open
If you’re definitely sure you want to find a new job, it’s important to keep your options open. Even if you think you’re applying for your dream job, you should carry on with the job search because you may find that the job isn’t that great after all or you might not get offered it. This will leave you back at square one without any other opportunities on the horizon.
Pinning all your hopes on a single job can also be psychologically not work in your favour. It’s likely to make you nervous during the interview stages, so you perform worse than normal. You’re also more likely to accept a job that isn’t right for you if you only have one to choose from. Keeping your options open gives you access to a variety of companies and opportunities.
Know what job belongs to which company
Making multiple job applications in a short space of time can be confusing – the companies can all blur together, especially if the jobs are very similar! The last thing you want is to accidentally call the company the wrong name in the job interview, blowing your chances. Luckily, there are several ways you can keep your job search organised:
- Keep a folder for each job saved on your computer, containing information on the company and job description.
- Give yourself time to refresh your memory on each job and company before the interview, so you can show you’ve done adequate research.
- Try not to book multiple job interviews in the same day, if you can avoid it. This might tire you out and can be confusing. However, this is sometimes unavoidable and you can negate the worry of mixing up roles by properly separating your research on them and resting well beforehand.
Understand the process deadlines
It’s key that you fully understand every deadline in the hiring process for each job. You don’t want to set an interview date far in advance, only to find out it’s been cancelled because they’ve offered somebody else the role. Even worse, you don’t want to miss the application deadline because you forgot they needed your CV by the day before.
But this isn’t just so you don’t miss a deadline. It’s important for you to know which stage you’re at in the process and how many other stages there are, enabling you to make well-informed decisions about other potential job offers. Say you get offered a job and are in the interview process for another role you prefer. You don’t want to turn down the first job just in case you get the second. If you’re aware of how long the interview process for the second job will take and it’s not too long, you can ask the hiring manager at the first job to wait while you consider the offer. Just remember that companies don’t like to wait too long and can retract their offer if they think you’re aren’t serious. We’d suggest leaving it no longer than five days as a maximum.
Be clear about your timescales
There’s no point keeping your other cards a secret to your potential employers. They know you’re interested in a new role (after all, you’re interviewing with them), so they understand that you’re interviewing with other companies as well. Informing the company you’re most interested in working for them, but that you have other interviews lined up can move the process along quicker. Make sure you also tell them that they’re your preferred role, otherwise they may feel like you’re wasting their time.
Be warned that this strategy may not be as effective when it comes to our current employer. Telling them that you’re looking elsewhere could cause them to overlook you if a promotion is coming up. It could even cause them to question your commitment if you don’t end up leaving the company.
Try to be flexible
Your new company will want to see that you can be flexible and adapt to their needs – they may be put off if you can’t compromise with them. Instead of telling them, you can only interview Wednesday morning, try saying: “I have a strict schedule in my current job and Wednesday morning is best for me, but if you can’t make that I’ll try and move some stuff around.” This way you’ll get your Wednesday morning slot if the interviewer can also make it, but you don’t hurt your chances of being seen as inflexible.
Flexibility is a great way to make the hiring process move quicker. If the hiring manager has to travel a lot or is struggling to make time for interviews, you can suggest another video interview or phone call instead of a face to face interview. Try answering emails at least once a day.
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