Post-COVID interview tips. If you’re applying for a job online, the first rule to note is that the rules have changed.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, there are more people looking for new jobs, more flexible options within the job market, and new ways of knocking potential employers off their virtual feet…
Here are five simple but very effective ways to ensure you make a good first impression…
1. Keep it short. If you’re asked to submit a CV, keep it to one page (2 pages max).
2. Get personal. No, not about your own life, but make sure to personalize your application by sending it with an introductory paragraph or cover letter that details why you would like to work at this particular company and why you think you would be a good fit.
Again – keep this short, but it will show that you’ve done your research on the company in question.
3. Be professional. Don’t use any slang words or be over-familiar in your communication. And with this point in mind, make sure you have an email address that isn’t something like ‘dancingqueen654’ (unless of course, you’re applying to be the dancing queen).
4. Make it happen. While you don’t have work, see you your job as finding a job. Don’t give up, work at it just as hard as you would a normal job. The more ‘doors’ you knock on, the more chances there are that the right one will open.
If you haven’t found work for a while and can, perhaps offer to intern or volunteer at the place you’d most like to work at. Most employers would welcome help and admire your initiative.
5. Remember basic interview etiquette. If you’re invited to an online interview, remember that all the normal interview rules apply. Be on time (even a little early), be prepared (do your research on the company and what they’re looking for, reflect beforehand on how you could really add value to the company) and lastly, look the part (dress like you’ve got the job already).
6. Choose your words wisely. In an interview, specialist recruiters advise that you don’t start sentences with the word ‘Obviously’ – this assumes that the interviewer knows more about you than they probably do.
When you’re talking about any past jobs or experience don’t be afraid to say ‘I’ instead of ‘we’ – they’re looking to hire you, not a team. Speaking of choosing words wisely, make sure you’ve got the right keywords listed in your LinkedIn profile (if you have one) this will help recruiters to find you.
7. Strike a balance. Your tone and attitude play a huge role in the overall impression you will make to potential employers. There’s a fine line between entitled arrogance and confident humility.
Embody the latter… be sure to thank the interviewer for their time and this opportunity, even consider encouraging them by highlighting some of the company’s strong points you admire the most.
At the same time, be confident about what you have to offer and what you can contribute to the future of the company too.
You’ve got this!
Let us know in the comments below how your job hunting is going. And let’s all cheer each other on…
Chat soon MUMS x