Try to think about your future self in 5 years
Envision where you would like to be, what you would like to achieve, where you would like to see yourself. Then, think about your future self in 10 years. This will help you create a mind map of the road ahead and the key points needed to get there.
Make a personal SWOT analysis
It will allow you to assess your strengths and weaknesses, define potential opportunities and threats. Although SWOT analysis is mostly used by companies to assess their current business situation, it can be applied to individuals with the same success.
Draw a plan and make research
It is now time to define what you need to do to achieve your goals. Make a detailed list of what skills you need to develop to be qualified enough in the field you would like to grow. Search the companies that offer positions, in which you are interested.
Time for action
All analyses, researches, and assessments have no value if you don’t start working towards achieving your goals. So, don’t wait a minute longer. Prepare and start applying as soon as you figure out what your passion is!
- Keep calm. Nervous twitches and movements make it hard for the person looking at you to concentrate on what you’re trying to say. Keep your head up and your shoulders pulled back. This will help you convince the interviewers of your truthfulness and confidence.
- Body language. Nod your head when you are listening, look into the camera (if it is an online interview), don’t shift too much on your chair, and don’t play with your hair. If you are unsure what type of body language is suited for the interview, just mimic the interviewer’s postures and movements. However, do not make it too noticeable, we don’t want to feel like we are being made fun of.
- Visual representation. No, we are not talking about a full-on suit and tie situation. However, try to wear simple and clean clothes, nothing too distracting.
- Ask questions. This action will show the interviewer that you are truly interested in the position. The questions should be meaningful for you. Asking company-specific questions shows the interviewer you have actually checked the website and are seriously considering their organization as your next employer.
- Avoid one-word sentences. Imagine you are telling a story. In that way, you will provide more information about yourself and present good communication skills. We recommend using the STAR method for telling stories with clear Situation, Task, Action and Result.
- Always tell the truth. No point in lying now, just so the interviewers find out the truth later. The company should suit your views and beliefs and by lying you are preventing both parties from finding out if there is a match.
- Don’t panic in the face of the unknown. In case the interviewer asks a question and you don’t know how to answer – don’t panic. We have all been there. Just try not to answer in a rush. It is okay to take a moment to think of a suitable answer. If you didn’t understand the question, just ask for more clarifications. Better safe than sorry.
- Do not be negative Nancy. Speaking negatively about all of your previous/ current workplaces won’t help you get your dream job. Sometimes emotions take a toll on us, and we end up professing everything that was wrong at our previous jobs. This might be suitable for a conversation with a friend but only shows you are holding a grudge when negative experiences occur in your life.