After 18 years I shall be saying goodbye to my current company. It’s time.

I have mixed feelings about it to be honest. A few weeks ago I was devastated. I under estimated the impact of friends and colleagues leaving both the office and the country. I also under estimated how time flies! My apartment lease is up in six weeks time so that also requires a move in some way shape or form. The realization that things were changing in a big way and that I was being released into the wild after 18 years from the only company I had worked for since university, made me wide eyed. Rabbit in headlights time!

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Photo Cred: Benjamin Child

Now I have, in corporate speak, gone through the change curve and have moved from devastation to nervousness to ok I got this!

It has taken time, I won’t lie. If I don’t have stability in my life somehow, it really doesn’t sit well with me and I struggle. I retreat and shut down. Usually I chat through things with friends but when I am in this space, I find it difficult. I get annoyed with myself for not being Miss Positivity. But that’s ok. My positive pants are back on! I am aware that I give myself a hard time, a lot of the time. I shouldn’t and I am working on that. I think it’s good to know yourself, acknowledge when you feel this way and how you act so you can go a bit easy on yourself and think on how to pick yourself up.

Change brings about decision-making. Questions need to be answered, ‘What do I want?’ and ‘What do I need to do to get there?’

It also means interviews, many of them! I have spent the last eight weeks speaking with headhunters, having interviews, highlighting my achievements and ensuring I present myself in a way which is attractive to a potential employer. It has to be done but it can be tiring, always making sure you have a clear head and being able to use your elevator pitch at a moments notice, always selling the best version of you that you can.

I have been surprised with the interview process, it takes such a long time now. Either I am uber old or times have just changed. Gone are the days when for one job, you had one maybe two interviews. Now the process involves three to four and one of my colleagues is even at his 12th interview! That is a bit hardcore and I may have had a mini meltdown by now!

My Interview Tips:

PREPARATION

  • Make sure your CV and LinkedIn are bang up to date (many companies check out your LinkedIn profile ahead of the interview).
  • Research the company and understand how the job description fits in.
  • Know your CV and be prepared to talk about your achievements.
  • Be on time for the interview!
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Photo Cred: Luis Llerena

BE YOURSELF

  • Wear something appropriate and which boosts your confidence.
  • Be aware of your body language (don’t fidget), and maintain eye contact but not too much that you look scary!
  • Remember that the interview is a two-way street, you are also deciding whether you want to work for the employer.
  • Take your time answering questions, take a breath and pause if you need to in order to collect your thoughts. Once panic sets in it can be difficult to refocus.
  • Let your personality shine!

CONGRATULATE YOURSELF

  • After the interview, don’t replay it in your head ruminating about how it went and whether you should have said something else. You can’t change it.
  • Treat yourself to a nice dinner afterwards and relax!

For those of you who are already interviewing or who are preparing for an interview, remember to be the best version of you…and smile!

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LinkedIn Profile: Nicci McShane

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11 Comments on “How To Cope In Interviews

  1. Go girl!

    To know you is to love and admire you!!

    Some lucky employer is going to land you.

    Good luck x

  2. Potential employers stalk you on all social media too so make sure there is nothing lurking that you wouldn’t want a new boss to see!

  3. Keep those positive pants close to hand! (I suspect they are designer, anyway 😉)

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