Jo Norfolk of Career Café Coach provides advice on remaining resilient through the job search / interview process and also top tips for being prepared mentally and practically for interviews.
Navigating the emotional rollercoaster of job search
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With all the ups and downs of the recruitment process, from interviews to waiting times and handling rejections or non-responses, there is a need to remain resilient. But what is resilience?
Resilience is not:
Comparing ourselves to others
Needing to be perfect
Being afraid to share experiences good and bad
Numbing and powerlessness
Shutting ourselves off from vulnerability
Reaching out for support
Growing and sharing experiences
Sitting with discomfort
Developing boundaries, integrity, generosity
Letting go of always being in control and the need to look cool, and letting be
Spending time on interview preparation is crucial if you want to present yourself confidently and ensure success. So what can you do?
Know your Audience
Research the company
Research the person interviewing you
Use Google, company websites, social media accounts and LinkedIn to do your research and get excited about the role
Anticipate Interview Questions
Take the job spec into the interview
Have an answer to the question “Tell me about yourself”
Make sure you know why you are interested in the role and company
Take bullet pointed notes to interview-Think about what type of role you are interviewing for and what would be important to the employer. Creativity? Organisation? Project Management?
Don’t be afraid to ask to come back to a question or say that you would like more time to research the point
Find some stats, percentages, quotas, targets that you can jot down and take with you
Prepare your own questions and make them unique and specific to the interviewer or company
Dress and Pack
Think about the type of company or organisation. What do they wear? Are they formal or informal?
Make sure you have additional copies of your CV and a list of references
Do a little pampering - whatever makes you feel confident
Have an interview bag ready to go (one less thing to think about!)
Get your head in the right place
Make sure you have your story straight and you have worked through any uncomfortable experiences
Prepare for a technical interview as soon as you can. Work through sample questions and get into a problem solving mindset
Remember the two-way process
Think of your interview as an opportunity for growth not a win/lose situation
Don’t worry about the other candidates
Stay in your lane
Get plenty of sleep!
Jo Norfolk is the founder of Career Cafe Coach and a former recruiter with over 20 years of experience in the industry. After her maternity leave in 2017, she opted to make a career change and began coaching people wanting to make a positive change to their working lives. In 2018 Jo completed her Diploma in coaching and mentoring and continues to support people to gain the practical and emotional tools to job search effectively in today's working climate and help them see how change can happen - even when feeling pretty lost. She runs a Facebook support group, The Career Change Collective.