Are you among the individuals aiming for their dream jobs despite the crisis we’re in? If yes, we salute and respect your dedication. Looking for a job is even more difficult these days, and you have to allot a considerable amount of time and effort just to get somewhere. For people with more than two (2) years of experience working, this situation can be really frustrating. So, we’ve written a guide on how to score that dream interview during COVID-19.
Walk yourself through the company’s website.
Before you put yourself out for an interview, research about your prospective employers first. Note down everything, from the industry to the company’s strengths and weaknesses. This will help you navigate your way easily in the interview. Can’t find their website? Resort to their social media. The way they brand themselves on social sites says a lot about the company.
Research your possible interviewers.
If you’ve been contacted by the company for an interview, it’s not enough to know only about the company. Expand your research further and ask the recruiter their name, position, and contact details. Knowing basic information like these can help you address the interviewer properly once the date has been set.
Tailor your resume.
Yes, this saying is not dead. Since these days most interviews are done online, do your best in preparing for it. Your resume is your introduction. First impressions are crucial in job applications, and to get your dream interview, you don’t want to miss the chance of standing out. Write all the information needed in the best way possible and highlight your strengths. Omit irrelevant details, and use keywords targeted to your prospective job.
Prepare and construct your responses.
One of the biggest mistakes in job applications is that candidates overlook planning and opt for impromptu speech instead. If you want to leave a positive, long-lasting impression, and get the interview, avoid impromptu speeches. Create a structured plan on how you will respond to possible questions and follow-ups. Don’t forget to include the keywords your interviewer might bring up, for this can be your very chance of landing the job.
Limit yourself from bringing up the past.
Sure, you can bring up what you have done for your former company in the past, but limit it to a certain extent. Your resume is responsible for entailing what you did for the past years; thus, repeating it verbally when applying will be deemed redundant.
Answer the questions clearly.
Whether it’s an email or a walk-in application, you may encounter recruiters with questions. It’s highly ideal to answer them with precision, avoiding irrelevant topics that don’t concern the job.
Don’t wait for your go signal to ask questions.
Before your conversation with the recruiter ends, don’t forget to ask them if they have further questions or requirements. Chances are, they’re waiting for you to initiate or engage in the conversation.
If your goal is important, every step you will take to achieve it is crucial, too. Therefore, while you’re still preparing yourself and waiting for your dream interview, try to learn new skills that will help you stay employable. Remember: your efforts will not be wasted if you know how to navigate the process. Keep moving!