I haven’t interviewed for years, I need some advice

10 months ago by Daniel Stargatt
I haven’t interviewed for years, I need some advice

Do you find yourself in a situation where you are looking for a new role but you are nervous about interviewing because you haven’t interviewed for years? Or are you unsure how to approach an interview? Well look no further, as we have answered some of the key questions in this article.

Below we have put together key steps and things to think about to help you get over your interview fears and concerns. So hopefully after reading this you will feel more prepared and more confident about nailing an interview.

Prove your adaptability

Loyalty and length of service is something that employers look at in a very positive light. However, if you have been in your current role for 10+ years, some employers can have reservations about your ability to adapt and fit into their team and their way of working.

Now we know this sounds like a bit of a catch 22, but it is up to you to prove that you can adapt and have adapted in the past. The best way to do this is to have some examples to talk about that show that you have adapted and it’s something that you are capable and willing to do. This could be in the form of learning new skills or changing the way you worked due to business changes.

Essentially, if you can get across that change is something that doesn't concern you, the interviewer is going to feel more comfortable that you will be able to cope with.

You’re an expert, so prove it

With so much experience in your field of work, the interviewer will expect you to know your stuff. Your wealth of knowledgable and experience is why they are interviewing you, so feed their expectations by sharing what you have done and speak passionately. There is genuinely nothing better than hearing someone who is experienced talk about their role with passion, it really is a winning combination.

Another key thing to discuss is how you have continued to learn, develop and kept up to date with what’s going on in your industry. Be it by additional training or reading industry publications, this will also help with showing your ability to adapt to the environment around you and build upon your already extensive knowledge, skills and experience.

Talk about your achievements

The interviewer will want to know that you have achieved in your current role. Offer some examples of great work you have done or are doing and discuss any promotions or increased responsibility, so you can put any concerns the interviewer may have to bed about your ambition and desire to continue to achieve if they hired you.

Don’t doubt yourself, be confident

Self doubt is normal, we all suffer from it from time to time, but it’s so important to have confidence in your own ability. The best way to help your confidence is to prepare. Write down your achievements, your skills and your strengths and build these into answers to questions you think you may get asked.

We also suggest that you take your notes into the interview, so just incase you feel slightly overwhelmed you will have notes to help you get back on track and cover the points you want to cover. If you struggle to talk about yourself positively then check out our recent article where we discuss how to speak positively about yourself in an interview.

Be positive

Whatever the reason for your job search, the best bit of advice we can offer is to not speak negatively about your current employer. Even if you are looking for a new job because you hate working for your current employer just focus on the positive reasons for change.

For example, you are excited about the opportunity to work for the company you are interviewing for, or you are looking to take the next step as you feel that there is nowhere else for you to progress to in your current job. Be positive and get the interviewer thinking positively about you and the prospect of hiring you.

What next…

We hope this article has helped you get ideas together for your upcoming interview, or helped settled your nerves on the idea of looking for a new job. If you are looking for a change then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us, or alternatively you can check out all of our construction jobs available and if you see something you like the look of then simply apply with your CV.

Good luck and we look forward to hearing from you and helping you take the next step in your career!

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