You submitted your resume for the job your friend told you about, thinking you’ll probably have a week or two before you get a call for an interview. If you even get a call.
And if you do, you’re thinking they’ll probably schedule you for your interview the following week, giving you plenty of time to prepare.
While that’s often the typical timeline of a hiring and interview process, hiring processes these days are anything but predictable.
Sometimes you apply for a job and don’t hear anything back for weeks or even months. Other times, you may get the following call:
“Hi. We just received your resume for the director’s position and we want to know if you can come in tomorrow for an interview.”
Would you be ready for a last minute job interview?
If you got this call, would you be ready?
How would you react? Excited?
Probably, since it’s always nice when someone shows interest in your skills and abilities.
But then what happens? It’s likely your feelings of excitement will turn into panic.
You start thinking:
- What am I going to wear?
- Do I have time to research the company?
- What questions should I prepare for?!
- What questions should I have ready to ask them?!
Help is on the way!
While you probably can’t get an appointment on such short notice with a career coach to help you prepare for the big day, there is help.
paNASH has several last minute tips for you when situations like this arise (and believe me, they do, more often than you think). These tips are provided through a few different resources.
Free advice is always good, and this blog provides a lot of that.
Just click on “Interview Prep” under the Categories section on the right hand side of your screen. Here you’ll find all my previous posts about interviewing containing free advice and tips.
Another item available to help you in a pinch is the on-demand video series Steps to Acing the Interview and Reducing Your Interview Anxiety. In less than 55 minutes you’ll receive a crash course on interview prep. And since it’s available on-demand, you can access it at anytime, day or night.
It’s only $87 which includes 3 videos and a downloadable handout covering the following topics:
- Strategies to give you the confidence to overcome the fear and stress of interviewing.
- What you’ve been doing wrong and how to correct it.
- The best and most productive way to prepare for your next interview.
- How to answer “Tell me about a time when…” questions and other commonly asked questions.
- Questions YOU should ask in the interview.
- And more!
As a result, you’ll have:
- Improved interview performance.
- Less stress and anxiety.
- Better and more job offers to choose from.
- More confidence to negotiate a higher salary and better benefits.
Here’s what others have said about the program on Steps to Acing the Interview and Reducing Your Interview Anxiety:
- “One of the job interview tactics Lori recommended really improved both my confidence and the company’s interest in me. It was such a great suggestion that came with great results!” Alphonso W.
- “My confidence level in my interview skills jumped from a 4 to an 8!” Jamie H.
- “I now have the tools to spot the red flags so as not get into the same work situation I was in previously. It’s so empowering to be able to recognize a job that’s not right for me and to have the confidence to say ‘no’ to it and say ‘yes’ to something better.” J.S.
- “I got the job! Thanks to Lori’s interview tips I’m now doing social media (my passion) for a toy company!” Robin G.
Of course, the best option is to plan ahead and start preparing or even working one-on-one with a career coach such as myself on a regular basis so you’ll be ready no matter what comes your way in the unpredictable world of a job search. It is also important to do some research in your own time for your interview. If it is easier for you, compile a list of your skills, achievements and experiences in relation to the job description. These will help you answer the basic questions about how you think your skills make you the right candidate for the job and what experience you may have that suit this role. These sorts of questions are part of a pre-employment testing process that employers use to find the right candidate for their business. Check out a site like https://www.berkeassessment.com/solutions to find out more. Any form of preparation is good preparation if it helps calm your nerves before your interview.
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