In any job search strategy, once the hurdles of finding a job, structuring a CV and covering letter are achieved, everyone hopes that an interview with the prospective employer can be secured.
However, this is no time to sit on your laurels and wing it, this is the moment to consolidate all your hard work by paying attention to detail and give yourself the best opportunity to shine.
Of course, due to the restrictions of National Covid-19 protocols, you may find yourself being interviewed on Zoom at home, rather than in person, but this is no excuse to lower your guard regarding your professionalism.
Preparation is everything when hoping to impress at an interview. Take the time not only to reacquaint yourself with your statements on your written application but with the company’s ethos and policy, to enable the conversation to flow.
It is also wise to attend to your mental health and gather some stress-busting tools so that you are not overwhelmed by anxiety on the day, and of course, dress smartly and appropriately. First impressions can make a huge difference to your success.
Interviews act as your personal shop window, therefore it is important to shine in the short time you may have with your potential employer. Focus on answering the questions you are posed and not drifting into other subjects, ensuring that you answer succinctly, illustrating consistently why you are such a perfect fit for the job and the company.
It could even be well worth practising your interview technique with a trusted friend or colleague, using some typical interview questions that you can research on the internet so that you can iron out any pitfalls you may have in your answers or technique.
It would also not go amiss to check out your networking candidates who might have some useful tips and hints about the company or even the interviewer.
This is your time in the spotlight, so try to enjoy showing off and selling yourself, but temper any hint of arrogance with charm and good grace.
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Lynn Tulip is a Registered Career Development Professional with over 20 years of experience working with individuals, helping them prepare for their career transition and supporting them back into work. Her expertise includes 2021 job search strategies.
Copy by a consummate communications professional, Suzanne J. Cairns