March 20, 2020

While we're not sure what the next thirty to sixty days are going to bring, one thing is certain- how we work just went virtual. Most of us are working remotely and not going into the office to work for at least the next 2 weeks. Job interviews can and will still occur.

If you want to stand out from the crowd now, here are some ideas to help you nail your interview(s) and get hired:

First, assume interviews will take place over the phone or online. Get comfortable (this means you need to practice) with video conferencing services like Zoom or Go to Meeting and Skype, Google Hangouts, Facebook Messenger. If you're not familiar with this kind of technology, ask your kids!

Second, this is not business as usual. If you're interviewing for either a Leadership, Sales, or Marketing role, giving examples about how you can increase sales revenue may not be realistic. What you can do now though is to provide a basic plan (that you've created) to increase goodwill now that will lead to increased sales in the near future.

Third, don't let the interviewer see (or hear) you sweat. Or panic. The most valued employees for any organization in the near future will be those with confidence, clear heads,and new ideas. Take a breath. Speak normally but definitively about what you can do now to help the company over a rough patch.

Fourth, we're all going to get through this. Take a deep breath. And repeat. Things may not ever be exactly the same in the workplace so being adaptable and flexible are key attributes needed for future growth and most certainly in times of stress.

Fifth, just in case, update your resume. It needs to be polished and stand out from everyone else with your same job title. If you need help, message me through LinkedIn or [email protected].

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Melanie Stern - Headhunting, Personal Branding/Resumes, Career Clarity, & D&I Consulting



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