Women re-entering the workforce: – “The Interview”
Re-entering the workforce can be a very daunting experience. Depending on how long it’s been since you were employed outside the home, you may have to deal not only with your emotional barriers (Am I too old? Will anyone want to hire me?) but also with logistical concerns such as updating your skills, presenting your time off in a positive light, and jump-starting your network of fellow professionals.
Despite these internal and external barriers, with effort and determination, you can position yourself to pick up where you left off or even better!
The interview is often the most dreaded part of the overall process. As with all fears, preparation, know how and practice can minimize that fear. Did you know that most interviewers are just as nervous as you? You can actually play an important role in relaxing the interviewer and therefore yourself. Remember you have been invited for an interview because the company REALLY WANT TO HEAR WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY, they hope as much as you do that you are the right person for the job, they are on your side, as you could solve their vacancy problem.
Attached is an expansive list of an expansive list of interview tips and suggestions, here are a few key pointers:-
Before the interview remember the “6 P’s” – Proper planning and preparation prevents poor performance. Preparation will make or break the interview. The ‘web’ will become your best friend- use it and your networks.
First impressions are vital, so:
- ‘dress for success’ – ALWAYS dress professionally NEVER wear short skirts, see through blouses or low cut neck lines
- Avoid all stimulants before an interview including cigarettes and coffee
- Make sure your perfume is not too strong or over whelming
- A firm handshake is very important, women often find this difficult- so do practice this, and look the interviewer in the eye
- And remember to SMILE, SMILE, SMILE
Once in the interview your posture is vital and it is important not to invade the personal space of the interviewer and RELAX – develop a relaxing technique that works for you and practice it. Think about the questions and DON’T panic if there’s a silence. Take a few seconds to think about your answers. Keep calm, smile, and wait.
Also remember to ask good questions, you should be doing most of the talking (but don’t over answer questions either). The generally accepted rule is 30/70 i.e. :- the interviewer should be speaking for 30% of the time and you 70% so don’t answer questions with a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’; explain with examples where possible.
And NEVER, NEVER lie!
Most importantly enjoy, be yourself, and remember there is the right opportunity waiting for you, but it does require effort and persistence on your behalf.
Good luck I hope you find the detailed Interview Tip List helpful.