After 12 months of instability in the job market, we are now seeing companies increase their recruitment efforts. While it can be exciting to find the job of your dreams posted online, I know many job seekers dread the interview process itself. Especially when they have attended multiple interviews and not been offered a job off the back of them.
As a career coach, one of the biggest concerns job seekers share with me is their lack of confidence in their interview technique. Many have not attended an interview in a while, and are therefore not sure how to pitch themselves effectively.
If you feel the same way, then check out my top tips to help you prepare effectively.
Top Interview tips:
- Create a powerful pitch: The secret to winning at an interview is in your PITCH; how you tell your career story; how you highlight your strengths; and how you show the interviewer that you have what it takes to solve their problems. Your pitch should be about 20-30 seconds long and weaved into your discussion at the start and the end of the interview.
- Set the right mindset: Try and see each interview as an opportunity for you to share your expertise, and your own learnings, with another person. After all, they invited you to an interview because they have a problem they want to fix.
- Do your research properly: Learn all that you can about the company; not only about its products and place in the market, but also about its mission, its purpose and its values. This will help you demonstrate how your own purpose and values align. Additionally, learn as much as you can about the people you’re going to interview with. Understand priorities and find ways to tailor your stories appropriately.
- Create a warm virtual connection: Video interviews require just as much preparation as the face-to-face version. In the absence of body language and a handshake, the screen is your only window to create a personal connection. Try looking at the camera while speaking with people rather than at your notes. Ask questions that show you are interested in both the job, and the person interviewing you. Make sure you and your background look professional and reflect a bit of your personality.
- Request feedback: I advise you to do this during and after the interview. During the interview, ask the interviewer if your skills and experiences meet their needs. Sense check if you can offer more information to strengthen your case. After the interview, ask for feedback about your performance and if you could do anything better next time.
Get support with Interview Coaching
If you are currently preparing for interviews then investing in Interview Coaching is well worth the money. With the right coach you will get objective and constructive feedback to help you enhance your interview techniques. You will also build a strong elevator pitch, craft your answers and increase your confidence.
Having spent 15 years of my own career as a corporate executive and culture change consultant, I know how difficult it can be to build credibility in an interview with clients and potential employers. I now share my experience as a career development expert to help professionals overcome their limiting beliefs, free up their untapped potential, and design a career they love.
If you would like to know more about how interview coaching can help you, then book a free consultation today.