On the hunt for a new job? You are far from alone. The Covid-19 crisis has led to record-high unemployment rates, and countless people are left feeling uncertain about job security. Whether you’re a professional who has been forced to pivot during these unpredictable times of layoffs and furloughs, or just curious about how to approach the job-search journey in general, these interview tips will help empower you to put your best-self forward and land the job.
1. Prioritize prep work
You got the interview! Yay! Let yourself celebrate, but don’t forget to do your homework. Take advantage of the world of knowledge at your fingertips by learning all you can about the company you’re hoping to work for, as well as the specific role they’re looking to fill. Committing to this pre-interview prep will leave you better-prepared for any questions they might ask about your professional experience and qualifications. It’s also a great opportunity for you to develop relevant questions to ask during the interview!
2. Confidence is key
The more confident you feel about what you’re communicating, the less likely you are to feel frazzled. Still, pre-interview jitters are perfectly natural, and may still arise in even the most well-prepared candidate. One simple way to keep self-doubt at bay? Leading up to (and during!) the interview, make it a point to breathe. Whether it’s a full meditation session or just a few seconds, focusing on your breath is an easy way to nudge yourself back into the moment when nervousness creeps in. Another quick confidence fix? Check your posture! Sitting up straight is a science-backed way to feel and operate at your best.
3. Dress the part
How you present yourself during an interview is an important part of the process, especially in today’s job market. Our philanthropy partner, Bottomless Closet, knows the power of a first impression - finding the perfect interview outfit is part of how they help empower disadvantaged women looking to enter the workforce. Of course, what you wear will vary a bit depending on industry and company culture, but in general you want to aim for a professional and polished look. No loud, distracting patterns. No ripped jeans, flip-flops, or graphic t-shirts. When in doubt, keep your interview style simple (think: solid colors and classic silhouettes that you feel comfortable in).
4. Mind your manners
In addition to a gracious goodbye at the end of the interview itself, be sure to follow up with a thank you note as soon as possible. Depending on the hiring process timeline, you may want to opt for a quick, super-prompt email thanking the interviewer for their time and reiterating your interest in the position. However, whenever possible, a handwritten note is usually preferred (and it’s a gesture that will probably set you apart from other candidates!).
Being selected for a job interview is an exciting step in the right direction, and one you should let yourself feel proud of. Go confidently toward your professional goals…we’re rooting for you!