Interviews can be nerve racking, plain and simple. It can feel awkward to talk about yourself for 3 hours with complete strangers, and it can be extra stressful if you really need the job. I've pulled together a short list of "Definitely Do's" that are sure to get your interview off on the right foot. It doesn't matter if you're going for a CEO or a line cook position, these tactics work across the board!
Be early...don't be on time, be early. This will give you time to center yourself before the interview and also will protect you from any unforeseen issues like bad traffic or getting lost in a large building.
Bring a few questions about the company ready to go. This will show the interviewers that you've given serious thought to working at the company and will allow you to get to know them better; every interviewer is looking for at least 1-2 follow up questions. If you don't know what to ask, something as simple as, "what do you really like about working here?" will be a great jumping off point.
Everyone gets nervous, some of us more than others. Deep breathing exercises while you are sitting in the waiting room before your name is called will help lower your heart rate and center your mind. 5 count in through your nose, 5 count out through your mouth and repeat. You will be amazed at what 2 minutes of this will do before you walk into your next interview!
Eye contact is key when you are in an interview, try to avoid letting your eyes wander...sometimes it's hard to stay focused but in an interview you should always give the person you are speaking with your full attention. One trick is instead of looking directly at their eyes focus on their nose instead, it's less awkward than locking eyes and from the interviewer's perspective it will look the same!
Similar to #2 but a bit different, Ask ask ASK your recruiter or point of contact for the job any and all questions you have BEFORE you go onsite to interview. It's their job to prep you and get you set up for success, some recruiters are more thorough than others, but all should be willing to hop on a 5-10 minute call to walk you through what to expect and answer any questions you have. It not only will get you more prepared but it will show the recruiter/HR Manager that you have seriously thought about this position and want to be as prepared as possible.
What are some other Interview 101 tips that have worked for you in the past?
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I've found myself pausing a bit when starting conversations with friends or candidates...most of us will begin any sort of discussion with a nearly automatic, "how are you" or "How's it going?" or "How's your day going today?" and it's really more of a habit than anything else.
However, lately given the current state of the Covid-19 pandemic I find myself being more mindful when asking this previously automatic question. I have no idea how another person is handling this situation...whether they've lost loved ones already or have relatives working in a healthcare system quickly running short on supplies...we are all in this together but our experience with this virus is not one-size-fits-all.
We need to keep checking in with each other and I hope everyone in this group is doing well! We are #strongertogether!
I enjoyed this quick read and agree with a lot of the advice listed in how to explain a gap in your work experience. One thing to remember, it's quite common to have a gap in your resume...life happens to everyone...but it's how you frame it to a recruiter or hiring manager that determines how quickly you can get back to work.
I am in dire need of help, I'm going on my third month of unemployment had 4 interviews, which is better than a lot of people, but have been turned down for all of them. I am at a point of giving up . I just wanted to see if a recruiter could let me know what i am doing wrong
I'm at the point of no return for myself. I've been unemployed for three months and have no income at all. My bills are just piling up. I'm going to loose my home. The MVA has even suspended my driver's license because I'm a diabetic. I haven't even had any insulin reactions in the last eight months. I've even tried to find work on-line, but still haven't been able to find anything.
I’m a graphic artist/cad artist in apparel. Back in the job market after being laid off 2 months ago. I had an interview with a company and they saw my portfolio, we talked my career experience. Didn’t hear from them for a week. The owner contacted me and said he wants to give me a test project to do at home to see if I can do their projects. I said ok. Thinking it would be one assignment. Guy didn’t send the work to me until the evening and said let’s see how fast you can do the work and have it by morning. It was 9 separate art projects which I pulled an all nighter. I sent him the digital cads early the next day ...I still have copies.. and I have not heard one word back. Not a yay or zany. It’s been a full business day. How would a graphic artist know if a company is legit when they say they want to test your ability and speed? Because this is dishonest way to get free work using unsuspecting artists eager to get work.
New member Debbie Cruz raises some pretty serious concerns in her recent post Seeking advice on resume and frank discussion on age !.
Extended lapse in employment to care for ailing parents and/or Loved ones, re-entering the workforce in a new profession at an advanced age, finding work life or manageable work/life balance are a series of concerns affecting job seekers of all ages today.
How do qualified candidates like Debbie attract employer attention and remain competitive in todays impersonal and highly automated employment community?
Your suggestions, comments, and tips are greatly appreciated! Thanks in Advance!
A prominent community and career-minded member Charlotte Freeman recently shared her experience around an unfortunately common and frustrating concern.
How can I better position myself for new job/career opportunities?
The lack of related lifelong career opportunities in my area, fierce competition, biased employment community hiring practices (Ageism), and an impersonal online hiring process are some of the major factors that continue to keep senior (not in age but specific work knowledge and skills) out of employment.
How do job seekers affected by this crisis effectively re-invent themselves in order to become more marketable to employers?