Potential employers analyze any information you give them as a job applicant. While it's good to be yourself, also be on the alert about what you say from the interview to the first day on the job. Making an inquiry about job employment takes place in many different settings. Having a game plan on how to present yourself in any situation can help you come off impressively from the start.
You may have an occasion to inquire about a job in person. You may meet someone at a party who works for a company you've been dying to interview for and need to come up with a good sell for yourself on the spot. When you apply for a job directly at a company's reception area, you are also inquiring about a job in person. You can say you are interested in the company's mission or product line. Since the person you're talking to can read your facial expressions, show enthusiasm and have some concrete reasons why you want to work for the company.
One of the most common ways to inquire about employment is through a formal request -- whether by email, phone call or typed letter. When you inquire about a job this way, you have more time to form your thoughts. Research the company where you are applying and justify how you are right for the position. Getting a referral from someone who works for the company is also a powerful way to lead with a formal request.
You may be unsure if the company has any open positions when making an inquiry. In situations like these, you can either stop by the company, if it's appropriate, or send a formal request. However you choose to contact the company, say that you have been keeping up with the company's successes and their products. Ask if they are accepting any applications or about how you could go about applying for a position.
During an Interview
Employers sometimes ask about why you are seeking employment during the interview. The interviewer may ask specifically why you're interested in working for that company. Carefully craft your answer to reflect having researched the organization, along with your personal motivations of seeking employment. If you're broke and you really need the money to survive, the interview is not the best time to reveal that kind of information. Rather, pump up the company and the reasons you want to work there.
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