COVID-19 has had a profound impact not only on the job market, but also on traditional job interviews. For the first time in decades, applicants for a position have suddenly reaped benefits amid low unemployment and labor shortages. The pandemic also changed both job seekers, such as the opportunity to work from home, and the kind of skills employers value most, including the ability to roll with the punches when a crisis strikes.
According to career experts, a successful job interview today will feel more like a stimulating dialogue than a one-sided inquiry. It also means avoiding some of the most common pitfalls. Here are some tips to avoid making some mistakes in your next interview, which can help you stand out from the crowd.
don’t trash your old boss
First, don’t brag about your previous employer when asked why you quit or are looking for a new job elsewhere, this is a question that will likely come up.
“You shouldn’t throw your past leader or company under the bus,” said career coach Ken Coleman. “Even if it’s true that you’re leaving a toxic environment or a terrible boss, an insecure leader might say, ‘Are you going to say that to me? Or are you the problem? ‘”
Instead, focus on why you’re excited to be part of a new team.
“Well leave, take the high road and focus on the positive about why you want to join them,” Coleman said.
discard WFH costume
Don’t make the mistake of dressing too casually, which can come across as unprofessional, even if the work environment is relaxed or you’re interviewing from home.
“The Top Red Flag Employers Report seeks to meet candidates with a non-professional appearance,” said Vicki Salemi, career expert at global employment website Monster. “Make sure your hair is brushed, don’t wear a baseball cap, don’t sweat. Look polished, even if it’s a casual environment or you’re interviewing from afar.”
Bob Slater, a real estate executive and career expert who runs a coaching business with his son, Nick Slater, also urged job seekers to “keep the rabbit slippers away and dress better than you think.”
don’t read your resume
Another mistake many job seekers make when answering a common “tell me about yourself” interview is to list accolades or degrees they hold without context.
Writer and communications coach Carmine Gallo said, “The first question is almost always, ‘Tell me about yourself,’ and they’re not looking for you to go through your work history, college degrees, certificates, and titles. “
Instead, it is an invitation to tell a story about yourself.
“They may not use the word ‘story’, but they are asking you to tell the story, not the facts,” he said.
know your strength
A standard, but potentially difficult, question that is easy to handle incorrectly in a job interview is, “What are your biggest weaknesses?”
Hopefully, the role you’re interviewing for is one of your strengths, and your weaknesses won’t interfere with your ability to do well on the job. So the best way to solve this question might be to highlight a weakness that you have worked hard to improve or eliminate, for example, by taking online classes in a particular subject.
Rule of thumb: “Don’t say, ‘I have a drinking problem,'” Slater quipped. “Start by finding out your strengths and telling you what they are.”
Nick Slater agreed that an activist who knows they are the best — and where they can improve — will be different from other candidates.
,Everyone has weaknesses, and part of being a good, productive worker is finding out what they are and working on them. I’ve been able to point out one weakness of mine — say legal writing — then demonstrate improvement on that,” he said. “You’re honest about a weakness, but at least it’s one that you recognized and took steps.” . To improve.”
Show that you are deeply interested in the job by asking probing questions about the role, such as “How will success be measured?” and “What is the development path of this role?”
It can also be helpful to send prepared questions to the interviewer before the meeting, according to Joe Mullings, CEO of The Mullings Group, a search firm. This shows initiative, while also ensuring a genuine conversation – one that you’ve had a chance to prepare for in advance.
“It takes a little bold to send those questions to a hiring manager, but if they think you’re high-maintenance or dismissive, imagine how the rest of your conversation will be.”
It’s also OK – and even recommended – that candidatesin the recruitment process.
“Your offer has several components, including basic pay, a bonus, the ability to work remotely, a transfer fee and additional investments, in so far as it is subsidized by the client,” Mullings said.
One of the most important traits a candidate can display in today’s job market is flexibility, career expert Amanda Livinggood of job search site Glassdoor told CBS MoneyWatch.
“In this new environment, lean into showing how resilient and resilient you are to change. Share examples of adaptability, demonstrate enthusiasm,” she said. “There have been very few constants in business over the years. Show your resilience.”
Relatedly, you may be asked whether you prefer to work remotely or from an office, and it’s important to be aware of the company’s policy on remote work prior to the interview.
“The new working world will raise questions around it, like ‘What’s your favorite working environment?’ We recommend that you be truthful and authentic about how you are going to do your best work,” Livinggood said.