For the majority of job seekers, job interviews can be nerve-wracking experiences, especially if it’s their first time or it has been a long time since they have gone through the interview process for their next dream job. However, it’s important to remember that by treating the experience like an exam and preparing well, you can turn an unhealthy fear of the job interviewing process into healthy anticipation and success!
The way we look at you landing your next dream job is as though you are walking through a garden towards the even greener pastures that can be seen behind 10 locked garden gates. The pertinent thing is that you have all the keys to open them; you just need to know which key to use for which gate, where to file the edges and where to push a little harder. This is where this blog series comes in to guide you on this walk to the ‘other side’.
This blog series will guide you through the preparation of your job search, applying for the role and company, as well as the do’s and don’ts during this process which will allow you to open all of the garden gates you will come across.
The locked gates to your next dream job are:
- Gate 1: Having a stand-out application that enables you to be selected/shortlisted for an initial phone screen interview from all the other resumes who have applied for your dream role.
- Gate 2: How to stand out from your peers during the initial quick phone screen interview, by giving the hiring manager enough interesting information about you and your experience to want to know more and invite you in for the interview face-to-face, but not enough, so that there is nothing left to discuss during the face-to-face interview.
- Gate 3: Acing the 1st face-to-face / Virtual face-to-face interview so that you go onto the 2nd face-to-face interview.
- Gate 4: Being just as impressive, if not more, the second time round, during the 2nd face-to-face / Virtual face-to-face interview to be given a verbal offer subject to:
- Gate 5: If applicable, ensure you are medically fit/suitable to pass the increasingly often required mandatory medical test.
- Gate 6: Doing well in a possible Psychometric test that looks at whether your innate way of thinking suits the role and culture of the business you have applied for.
- Gate 7: How not to be swayed by the inevitable ‘counteroffer’ when you resign from your current position.
- Gate 8: Questions to ask and particulars to look at when you are presented with your written offer.
- Gate 9: The do’s and don’ts of your first day in your new work home.
- Gate 10: How to get through your probation period.
In the next blog post I’ll share the steps in more detail that will guide you in successfully opening Gate 1.