The job search process can be nerve-wracking for job seekers. Many times, the nervous feelings lead to mistakes and mishaps. What part of the application process proves to be the hardest for job candidates?
If you guessed the interview, you are correct. At least that is the result from a survey by Accountemps, a staffing service that questioned 1,400 managers. Thirty-two percent of respondents feel the most mistakes occur in the interview phase of the application process. The resume comes in second place with 28 percent, followed by reference checks, the interview follow-up, the cover letter and the screening call.
Mistakes happen when a job candidate is nervous, but Accountemps offers tips to turn the interview into a positive reflection of your skills:
n Let it go: If you make an error, try to compose yourself and move to the next question.
n Recover: Pause and give yourself encouragement to keep going.
n Pay attention to the questions: Listen to the employer’s questions. They will likely provide clues to what type of answers he or she hopes to receive. You want to show that you are the person needed at the company.
n Avoid jumping to conclusions: You probably did better than you think. We tend to be our biggest critics.
n Send a thank-you note: After the interview, remember to send a thank-you note to the hiring manager. It is a favorable gesture and gives you another chance to explain your qualifications.
Above all, don’t give up even when you are nervous. Keep your eyes on the prize — a new job!