Job Interviews | Candidates – This one is for you

Job interviews consume both parties’ time and monetary funds. It is an emotionally draining and overwhelming process leaving people discouraged and anxious, especially when enduring financial hardships due to unexpected changes. There are unrealistic expectations placed on people seeking jobs. For example, their appearance and which inquiries are deemed acceptable by the interviewer.

Let me say this – a resume is used to land an interview. It is not the story, definition, or the person you are interviewing. It is just a summary of their academic and job experience, and the resume does not define who they are. With that said, interviewers need to understand that asking questions already answered within the resume is a waste of time for both parties. If you want to know if your candidate is qualified for the position, ask questions outside the norm – questions that convey you genuinely care who they are and why they would be a good fit for the company. Rethink the questions you are asking applicants.

Candidates are already under pressure and nervous when they interview for job positions. Especially when their dream job becomes available or a position within a great organization is open to new applicants. Interviewers, please understand that adding additional pressure during the interview will come to no one’s benefit. Another post will be for interviewers, but for now, candidates this is one is for you:

  • Please understand and become aware that your employer might think they are interviewing you – but the truth is, you are interviewing your future employer. You have every right and should inquire as many questions as you see fit – even if questions are outside the norm. You are the one putting your time and effort into your new position. Therefore, you need to determine if the transition is the right one for you.

  • Understand the work culture of your potential employer and take time to speak with other employees when going in for a face-to-face interview. Other employees will shed light on the reality of working in the organization. Ask people from different departments as well.

  • No one is perfect, especially not your employer or future employer. You decide what you are willing to live with and deal with daily. Define what is worth it for you, and what makes you happy. Seek job positions and employers that you will be comfortable with working for long-term.

  • Understand that you decide how an interviewer makes you feel. Do not let the rudeness or lack of patience conveyed by interviewers influence your demeanor and responses. We are all human. They might be going through our things, which is hindering their ability to conduct the interview fairly. Handle the situation with professionalism and show them that you are willing to reschedule the meeting at a another time.

Lastly, to all candidates that are qualified for the position, went through the interview process, and still received the news that they were not selected for the position – one door closes, but another door will open. Just because you did not receive the job you wanted; it does not mean that something better will not come along. Ruth Bader Ginsburg once said, “So often in life, things that you regard as an impediment turn out to be great good fortune.” Don’t stop pursuing your dreams and career goals. This too, shall pass. The sun never stopped shining above the clouds. Stay encouraged, continue applying, and do not give up.

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