By Jack Kelly
Here’s a humble suggestion: how about we stop caring about Kanye West’s antics, the latest snarky political snipings and who’s doing what to whom on Twitter and Instagram? Instead, use all of the free time you have to focus on yourself and your career. We’ll do our part to help. Here’s some actionable advice, which will make you smarter and more successful.
Are you dissatisfied, discouraged, frustrated or feeling unfulfilled in your career and considering looking for a new job? Before you write the résumé and refresh your LinkedIn profile, you must first work on getting in the right mindset to succeed.
It is easy to complain about your boss and co-workers and tell everyone around you that you are going to get out of your work-jail and look for a new job. It’s much harder to put the dream into action. Here are eight ways to develop the right mindset to initiate the interview process with confidence and enthusiasm.
Be prepared, searching for a new job is almost always challenging. You take on an added level of stress and anxiety when the economy is weak and the overall mood is not so pleasant.
If you’re starting a search for a new job, you must treat this time differently than all of your other searches in the past. We are in a totally new and different Covid-19 era. The old rules of interviewing are changing and you’ll need to quickly adapt. There are a number of things you need to do to keep motivated, mentally strong, confident and stay the course. If you want a new job, here is what you’ll need to do now .
It’s not easy for an interviewer to interview candidates. They are forced to sit across the table from a total stranger and ask incredibly personal questions. The hiring manager then has to dig deep into the applicant’s knowledge—or lack thereof—of the job they are interviewing for. The interviewer—out of complacency—relies upon age-old cliché questions, such as:
- -Tell me about yourself.
- -What are your strengths?
- -What are your weaknesses?
- -Who was your favorite manager and why?
- -What kind of personality do you work best with and why?
- -Why do you want this job?
- -Where would you like to be in your career five years from now?
- -Tell me about your proudest achievement.
These—and dozens of other similar, banal questions—are safe and easy for the interviewer to ask. It’s similar to someone saying, “How are you today? How’s the family? What do you think of this weather? Crazy, right?” Nobody can really blame them for asking these boring—yet socially acceptable—questions. Here is the key to answering almost all of the cliché interview questions.
Do you wonder what an interviewer or hiring manager really wants to hear from you? After coaching and placing thousands of job seekers, we have some answers for you. For example, an interviewer would love for you to say something like “I am highly interested in the role.” Yup, sometimes it’s that simple.
When you let a hiring manager know that you are interested, it makes the process much easier. The manager breathes a sigh of relief and recognizes that the candidate is onboard and sold on the opportunity. It is like middle school all over again; if you know that the cute girl/boy in class likes you, you will be more apt to ask her/him out on a date to see a movie. We have eight more gems of wisdom like this for you!
Dealing with annoying interview questions can be a hassle, but don’t worry! We’ve got you covered! A quintessential go-to question that interviewees are asked is, “Could you please tell me about yourself?” It sounds fairly innocuous at face value, but is a challenge for most people to answer. This open-ended question, which can’t be answered with a simple “yes” or “no” response suggests that there are a number of various ways you could tackle it. Without proper preparation, it is easy to go off on tangents and talk yourself out of a job.
It’s an icebreaker question designed to gain insight into you as a person. However, this seemingly innocent question could easily blow in your face. A natural and rational response would be to share details of your life and start rambling, trying to gauge your interviewer’s reactions to see if you are heading in the right direction. Before you realize it, you’re going back to your childhood, then talking about college experiences and shifting to hobbies—hoping you’ll hit on something that resonates with the manager.
There are a few important things to keep in mind when asked this question. Frame this question as, “Tell me about what you do at your job and why your background is right for this role?” In this context, the question becomes a big fat softball to hit out of the ballpark. You should respond by telling her about yourself from a…click here, please.
You’ve probably always wondered why you’re not given feedback after an interview. Well, we have the answers. Click here to read why companies don’t get back to you. You’ll be surprised and shocked at the reasons why.
Good luck with job search and improving your career!