I know what it feels like to be in that interview room, in front of a panel, tongue-tied, blank mind, sweaty palms, wishing – hoping – that the fire alarm would go, and I could just disappear.
But I want the job. I need the job. I want to go back to work and I want to do it with confidence and poise.
Many of the women that I work with haven’t attended a job interview in years. That’s without even taking the career break into account. When you’re well-established in your career, and you get regular promotions, well you just don’t get the practice.
If you haven’t attended a job interview for a long time, preparing for that first interview after a career break, can seem pretty daunting. And although many of us feel we perform better under pressure, it’s sensible and smart to prepare for your job interview so that you make the best of the opportunity available and present yourself in a positive light.
There are four key elements you need to focus on in your preparations:
- Positive mindset
- Before the job interview
- During the job interview
- After the job interview
The one important thing to bear in mind is that if you’ve get a job interview that means that your CV is doing its job and it’s working for you. You might not get this job however even if you don’t, it’s valuable experience and preparation for the next interview that does get you a job.
Interview skills is something we cover in depth in my Career Confidence programmes. And it’s one of the most popular topics when women book a Career Power Hour with me. So I know you’ll love my Job Interview Checklist, your ultimate practical guide to pass your job interview with flying colours.
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p.s. if you have a job interview coming up and you’d like some help in getting ready, let’s talk.