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Getting Employment-ready

Employees

Preparing for The Interview

Introduction

As a mature job seeker, the interview process can be intimidating, especially if it has been some time since your last. However, it plays a key role in providing you the opportunity to market your capabilities.

Before the Interview

Here are some tips to consider to increase your chances of getting the job:

Broaden your horizons
Broaden your horizons

Rethink any restrictions and filters that you may have when applying for a job. This might entail venturing into different jobs or even industries. It might be daunting at first to take on an unfamiliar path, but the most important thing you need to focus on are your transferable skills. Pick out your skills that can match up with the job you are applying for.

Reframe your perspective
Reframe your perspective

While you are likely to have amassed many years of experience, not all of it might be relevant to the job you are applying for. Over the years, it is likely that part of your acquired experience will not be applicable. For example, you might have a ten-year expertise involving an obsolete programming language, and it will not be fair to expect employers to recognise it, no matter how proficient that skill might be.

Instead, consider shifting the attention to key skills and traits that qualify for the job you are applying for, and include specific incidences that showcase such skills. Perhaps during that ten years of dealing with the programme, you successfully handled challenges associated with it. At the same time, you had the opportunity to share your expertise in handling this programme with your fellow employees. Such problem-solving, leadership and communication skills developed over the years are greatly valued in many workplace settings.

Highlighting these aspects can go a long way, as it will always remain relevant.

Stay current and relevant
Stay current and relevant

Having an up-to-date resume is essential to landing an interview for the job. On your resume, emphasise your experience with current trends in the industry to show relevancy of your skills and knowledge. The more current your skills, the better your prospects for finding employment.

Achieve this by participating in training and skills upgrading courses relevant to your industry of choice. You will stand out from other candidates when you demonstrate your willingness to learn.

Manage your expectations
Manage your expectations

Be flexible and open towards some compromise, such as accepting some modifications to the work scope, position and pay, especially if you are transitioning to a new career or industry, and make known this flexibility to potential employers. Remember that not all your skills and experience may be relevant to the position, and some adjustments may be necessary.

Be prepared
Be prepared

It is important that you walk into any interview well-prepared, as this helps to build confidence and indicates commitment and initiative. Once you receive an interview request, take the time to research on the company, and have a well-formed understanding on what they do. Such information can be found readily on their company website, or social channels such as LinkedIn.

Get help
Get help

The preparation process might seem overwhelming to some. Fortunately, there are resources out there such as e2i’s Employability Coach, which provide guidance on how to craft a good resume and ways to conduct yourself in an interview. You can also find online tutorials and reading materials online or at the library regarding resumes and interviews.

Leaving the Right Impression

Here are some tips to consider to increase your chances of getting the job:

Having a thirst for knowledge
Having a thirst for knowledge

Showing an interest in learning and being forward-looking about your professional life will give you an advantage over those who appear to have already achieved their goals. Employers often fear that older workers are bidding their time until retirement and will be less aggressive about learning what they need to know to excel on the job. Speak enthusiastically about what you hope to accomplish in the next phase of your career within the context of your target job and employer.

Keep a positive attitude
Keep a positive attitude

It can be discouraging when it appears like the efforts you have put in are not seeing results. Consider each interview as another chance to get hired and try as best to remain upbeat and maintain a positive outlook. Each time you step into the interview room, exude confidence and leave a positive impression.