When it comes to interviewing for a new job, some things never change. However, in a rapidly evolving society and work environment, it’s essential to be sure that you’re up-to-date on best practices. As the internet becomes more ingrained in daily life, 2020 promises to be an unusual year for the job market.
Here are some helpful tips to help you prepare for job interviews in 2020.
Review Your Resume
Having an updated resume isn’t just for your future employer. Consider this invaluable document your interview cheat sheet. Take some time before your interview to review your resume and make notes about your experience. These notes could include answers to commonly asked questions or examples of how you made a tangible impact at each job.
Freezing up or rambling during an interview isn’t uncommon. Many individuals experience this as a result of stress or nerves. Having your resume in front of you can help you stay centered and on track.
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Work with a Coach
Practicing the answers to common questions is a must before a big interview. While working alone in front of the mirror can help you find the right words and responses, working with a coach can take your interview skills to the next level.
A coach can provide live feedback and make helpful suggestions based on industry norms. They can also help you navigate tricky areas, such as employment gaps and terminations. Consider reaching out to a coach as soon as you apply for a job to give you lots of time to practice.
Tidy Up Your Social Media
Now more than ever, recruiters and hiring managers are using social media to vet applicants. While the social media cleaning process should start well in advance of the interview, you should always take another look before the big day.
Remove any photos that could be deemed as unprofessional. While it’s normal to have a few fun pictures with friends, showing images of non-stop partying could be a red flag for future employers. You should also delete and unfollow politically-charged or controversial posts. Freedom of speech is important, but it’s not without consequences. In this situation, it could be the difference between getting a job and not.
Prepare for a Virtual Setting
When you go for an in-person interview, it’s essential to map out the route and parking and get there early. However, 2020 is a unique year, and more employers are moving toward virtual settings now and in the future.
So how does one prepare for a virtual setting?
First, check and see which platform your interviewer is using for your interview and download the app or check the compatibility with your device. Next, find the right area with a stable internet connection and a tidy background. Be ready to log on five minutes in advance.
Dress the Part
Whether you’re interviewing in person or virtually, you should always dress the part. Wash your face, do your hair, and put on nice clothing. Do some research on the company to see what their overall dress code and level of formality might be. Even if they’re a t-shirt and jeans kind of business, opt for a business casual outfit for the interview.
By keeping these simple tips in mind, you’ll be ready for your job interview in 2020. We’ve also made a list of valuable resources for the best and up-to-date trends in the market:
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