The Great Resignation is officially upon us. With more American's waving goodbye to their job than ever before, it means that there's never been a better time to search for a new opportunity.
According to LinkedIn Chief Economist Karin Kimbrough, one person is hired every 15 seconds via their platform.
But with the excitement of landing your dream role, the anxiety of tackling the all-dreaded interview can also creep up.
It may seem scary, and perhaps you haven't gone through the interview process in a while, but we're here to make sure you walk into that room feeling as cool as a cucumber.
So what's the best way to nail an interview and make the hiring manager believe you're the ideal candidate?
With well-prepared answers and a confidence-boosting outfit!
Your outfit and the way you present yourself will be the first impression someone will have of you. Arriving at an interview dressed in a way that reflects your personal and professional style is a great way to start your meeting. And it also puts you into a headspace where you feel confident and ready to show off your interview skills.
What are some typical interview questions?
Tell us about yourself
We know it's tempting, but this is not an opportunity to go on a ten-minute rant about your whole life story. The interviewer wants to know what you're about, how that ties in with your resume, and why this job is perfect for you. Find a balance between discussing your professional and personal background, and always tie your answer to the role you're interviewing for.
What do you know about us?
Yes, this is a test, and it shows the interviewer that you've read the job description and done your research. The hiring manager wants to know that you have a genuine interest in the company and that you've prepared for your job interview. Take time before your interview to research the company values, mission, goals and learn about the products and/or services they offer.
Why do you want to work here?
No one wants to hire a person who's there purely because they 'need a job.' An interviewer is looking for someone driven and passionate who can't wait to jump into their new role. This is your opportunity to shine and speak about what you love about the company, why you applied, why it's the perfect opportunity for you, how you would contribute to the team, and your future goals.
What is your biggest strength?
Don't be shy! This is your opportunity to convince the hiring manager why you are the perfect candidate. It's always a good idea to link your strengths to the role you are applying for and explain how it will help you to do a great job in the position. If you struggle with this, read our blog post on Imposter Syndrome to boost your confidence.
What's your biggest weakness?
This question is more about self-awareness, your ability to recognize mistakes, and your willingness to improve. The key here is to respond with a weakness (we all have one, don't worry) that can turn into a strength with extra effort and support. Share an example of when this weakness played out in your current company and how you overcame the challenge. Demonstrating that you can own your faults and are open to feedback on how to improve.
Always ask questions at the end
Being attentive and showing interest is super important. It shows that you also want to know more about the workplace and what a typical day might look like in the role, so make sure you have a few questions you want to ask at the end.
Now that you're feeling confident about the most commonly asked questions, is your outfit sorted?
Dressing up and feeling confident is a great way to get you into the interview headspace.
And remember dress for the job you want, not the job you have.
As always - love Easy Clothes xx