Today’s guest post is from Alison Green, aka Ask A Manager.
Huge thanks to Laurie for letting me hijack her blog to rant about job searching! My cats are also very excited, as they have a troubling admiration for litter box outlaw Mr. Scrubby.
So if you’ve looked for a job lately, you know that job searching really sucks right now. You’ve got companies that act as if they’re doing you a favor by talking to you, interviewers asking irrelevant questions simply because they can, and companies that make you invest hours in their hiring process and then never even bother to get back to you.
I can’t make employers behave better — although I will happily rant about their silly and often outright rude practices with you. But I can give you some advice on doing better in interviews so that you increase your chances of getting not just a job offer but the right job offer — and much of that centers around how you prepare.
I’m so convinced that how you prepare is crucial to your job-search success that I’ve put all my thoughts on it into a free guide that I’m here to offer you. If you’d like a copy, you can sign up here, and I’ll email it directly to you for free:
Here are a few examples of the type of preparation that can really change your interviews:
- Change the power dynamics. Approach the interview as if you were a consultant going into a business meeting: Think of the employer as a potential business partner and try to find out as much information as you can about the organization, the work, and how you might be able to fill their needs. Think of the interview as a collaboration where you’re trying to figure out if working together makes sense — not a one-way interrogation by someone who holds all the cards,
- Figure out what the thing is that you dread the most and rehearse how you’d handle it if it happened. Whether it’s having to answer a silly question about what kind of tree you’d be if you were a tree or getting asked about the job you got fired from, whatever it is, figure out how you’ll handle it and start rehearsing the hell out of your response. Practicing your answer out loud over and over will take a lot of the anxiety out of it, and you’ll be less likely to stumble if the question comes up in the interview.
- If you get nervous and worry that you’re not going to come across completely perfectly, think about all the weird or awkward people you’ve ever worked with. They somehow got hired – and they were probably at least a little weird or awkward in their interviews. When you start panicking that won’t come across as a super-polished all-star, remember these people. They’re living, breathing proof that you can be weird or awkward and still get hired.
If this kind of thing is at all helpful to you, I hope you’ll take advantage of my free guide. It even comes with a video version in case you don’t feel like reading, so go download it!
(Full disclosure: In exchange for giving you the whole guide for free, I’ll put you on my email list so that you’re occasionally notified about other resources I create in the future. But you can unsubscribe at any time, including immediately.)
Many thanks to Laurie for letting me offer this to you — in her limited time left, no less — and good luck to anyone out there who’s dealing with this very difficult job market!