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Ten tips to combat interview fatigue

By on 04.01.13 in Your Job Search

Finding a new job can be such hard work can't it?  Not only do you have to construct a winning CV and then wade through the plethora of vacancies online, fine tuning your search criteria along the way to seek out those roles that meet these plus are the most appealing to you, but you also have to actually apply and then invent a million excuses to get away from work for interview. Success at first round means that it's highly likely that you'll be invited back for a second interview, including a presentation, and possibly a third. More excuses - it's exhausting!

This said, if you're truly committed to making that important next move then you do have to have a plan and put in the hard graft I'm afraid. Not only that, you do also have to make every effort to remain up beat and enthusiastic and not to let your fatigue show.   If I could give any pointers that might help anyone job hunting right now in this tough, often very prescriptive market they would be:

  • Be committed to your job search.
  • Make time to review your career and put together a winning CV - check out our website for tips.
  • Be considered in your choices and don't apply for anything and everything just because the salary offered looks good.
  • Plan ahead, make time for interviews and do your research - I know that this is not always easy when you're currently in a busy job but I would recommend that you cancel and rearrange an interview rather than turn up late, rushed, stressed and under prepared. The interviewer can always tell.
  • Give due consideration to your suitability for the roles and agencies or companies for which you're being interviewed so that when you're asked, "so why do you want to work for us?" you have a well constructed and credible response.
  • Stay calm and focus!  All too often we hear from clients that interviewees appeared to be distracted and that answers to questions asked were rambling and "off piste". 
  • Make it clear to the interviewer just how interested you are in the job and their agency or company by asking pertinent questions in the right places. In fact, why not rehearse by articulating your responses to potential questions in your head before you get there.
  • Be positive and confident and think about your unique skills and what it is about you that might make any agency or company want you on board - remember it's a two way street, the company or agency wants to hire as much as you want to be hired.
  • Don't be shy about asking for feedback at the end of the interview.
  • Let your natural passion, enthusiasm and personality shine through.

As a job seeker or hiring manager if you have anything to add to this based on your experience please do share your comments with us. In the meantime, good luck to all you job hunters out there.