Nailing Your Interview Post COVID-19

3 Easy Steps:

You got the call and they want to talk to you!  You know you are perfect for the position.  But, you’ve never done a virtual Interview.  If they want to meet “in person”, what do you do?  Rest easy friend.  While there are some differences, in many ways, interviewing is all the same!

    1. Prepare, prepare, prepare! Do your research.  Check out the company’s website and identify a few things you are curious about.  Look at the business’s social media.  What can you learn?  The Recruiter will be impressed you took the time to do your research about their company. In the event the Recruiter requests a virtual interview, prepare your technology.  Make sure your microphone and camera are working properly.  Where do you have your computer set up?  What’s the light like?  Never used Zoom, Skype or Go-To-Meeting?  Take a minute, log on.  Have a conversation with a friend and practice using it. This is a great way to increase your comfort level with the technology (and catch up with those people you have been missing).  In some cases, it might be hard to locate a computer to use.  Workforce Connections is always a good resource for recruitment tools. If the recruiter requests an in-person interview, this is the time to ask a couple of questions.  Does the company require masks?  Does the company have protocols you are required to adhere to?  Some businesses may require you to take your temperature when entering or require social distancing. Finding this information out in advance can make your life a lot easier. 
    2. So, you’ve done your preparation and it’s the day of the event. Now what?  While you may have been living in your “active wear” for the past few months, this is the time to step up your game!  Dress for the position you want.  If the job you’re applying for requires a suit, wear one.  If the job is working in a less structured environment, pick something that looks professional.  (For tips on professional clothing, click here.) If you’re going virtual, where you conduct your interview is important.  Recruiters will judge your ability to manage your environment.  Choose a quiet, well-lit space where you won’t be interrupted.  As a mom and a pet-owner, I know that can be a challenge.  Treats and bribes work in my house!
    3. Follow up. Show your appreciation for the time and effort your recruiter put into the interview.  Recruiter’s jobs have changed too and they are also navigating new challenges.  Send a thank you note.  Reference something interesting you learned in the interview.  It doesn’t have to be long.  A simple thank you goes a long way.

Would love to hear your tips. Good luck out there!

Be well, 

Lori

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Lori Morton-Lockley

Lori is a Brand Strategy Manager working at Mid-West Family La Crosse and contributor to CouleeRegionJobs.com. As a former Human Resource Professional, Lori knows the challenges businesses face finding and securing good talent. Lori will work with you, using her almost thirty years in Human Resources, to determine your goals and help you find the right tactics to achieve them. Additionally, Lori works with clients in all categories to grow their business. If you have questions about recruiting employees or want to grow your business, give Lori a call.

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