I’m not going to sugarcoat it – ‘fun’ and ‘resume’ don’t blend as harmoniously as Batman and Robin or the scrumptious combination of peanut butter and jelly. It’s safe to say that some people would rather endure a 2-hour cavity drilling session at the dentist’s office over investing time in perfecting their resume. But the reality is, your resume and cover letter are valuable collateral and can greatly impact the career trajectory you envision for yourself.
“Why were you let go from your previous position?”
The question is cringe-worthy. It feels like the hiring manager is staring into your soul as beads of sweat begin forming in your tightly clasped hands. However, the reality is, if you were terminated from a past position, you will be asked this question in your interview. No matter what euphemism you elect to use – parted ways, terminated, etc. – you will still have to provide an explanation to your prospective employer. Properly preparing to answer this question is the best way to avoid getting tongue-tied or issuing a slew of ‘um’s,’ which can paint your candidacy in a negative light.
With a new job comes a rollercoaster of emotions -– excitement that rivals Will Ferrell’s whenever Santa Claus is around in Elf, uncertainty surrounding whether or not you’ll fit in with your colleagues, an eagerness to succeed, anxiety over how comprehensive your training will be, and the inevitable confusion you’ll face when you accidentally sit at a coworker’s desk or wander into the wrong conference room.
The good news is, the barrage of conflicting emotions is completely normal, albeit a bit uncomfortable. Along with a fresh start comes the opportunity to set yourself up for success by asking questions and gaining important insight into the culture, processes, and overall lay of the land.
Whether you’re a politician in the limelight, a big-wig business professional, or a recent college graduate, experiencing a spike in stress or anxiety before an event is perfectly normal. So, if you’ve been suffering from a case of pre-interview jitters, don’t beat yourself up about it. However, you shouldn’t let your nerves consume you and jeopardize your candidacy. To calm the butterflies in your stomach and make a great first impression, here are 6 tips to get you ready for your next job interview.
Despite your eclectic work experience, impressive collection of internships, and applaudable top-tier schooling, getting noticed amidst a heaping pile of resumes is no easy feat. This is especially true for highly-coveted companies like Facebook or Google, where it would take an archaeological mission just to excavate your resume from the mound of applications. Oh, the throes of living the job seeker life. You need to customize your resume to complement each new position you apply for, perform in-depth research of your potential employer to ace your interview, and more importantly, you need to be memorable if you want to seperate yourself from the swarm of hungry competitors.
Whether you were unsuccessful in executing a corporate project, weren’t awarded a promotion you were gunning for, or lost a major client due to a mistake, the way in which you discuss a professional failure in a job interview is crucial to selling your candidacy. While your pulse may accelerate and your legs plead for you to evacuate, I promise you there’s a way to answer this question truthfully without scaring away your potential employer.
The job market is littered with talented candidates, like yourself, who are all vying for the same position. The glorious chime of your cell phone ringing may be your first indication of interest from a potential employer, but you’ll need to separate yourself from competitors as you trek through the interview process in order to clinch the role.
As our digital ecosystem continues to progress, more and more employers are beginning to integrate new technology into their everyday workflow. Videoconferencing and interviews via channels like Skype or FaceTime are becoming increasingly popular because they can provide more insight for an employer regarding whether or not a candidate is a good fit for the role.
Using Skype for an interview is also a great resource for employers who are looking to hire remote or international workers that would otherwise require costly airline, train, or lodging fees.
Everyone stresses over going on interviews. Whether it’s your first time in the hot seat or you’re an interview pro, it’s okay if the nerves creep up beforehand. After all, interviews are essentially what makes or breaks you. While a resume gets your foot in the door, how you present yourself and whether or not you make an impression on the hiring manager, can ultimately determine if you get hired.
An interview is a very integral part of the hiring process. Perhaps even more important than the resume, a successful interview can almost guarantee you the job. As significant as it is, not everyone is aware of the do’s and don’ts of an interview. There are questions that are acceptable and others that are not.