Job interviews - is there anything worse? Planning the perfect outfit, brainstorming your strengths and weaknesses, putting on a professional front.
Traditionally, job interviews meant days or weeks of anxiety just to project an image that probably didn't reflect the real you. These days, things are a little different - authenticity is king as an increasing number of companies focus on values and culture. That's not to say you won't be hit with some nerves though.
"Things have changed considerably over the years, especially thanks to COVID," says career coach, Christina Foxwell.
"But job interviews are always stressful - people attending often think they need to prove their worth or are trying to be overly formal," she says.
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“In today's working world, an interview needs to be an opportunity for both the candidate and the client to connect. The myth about being perfect is one that needs to be overcome.
“Employers are actually looking to meet with the human that will be in their workplace. There is now a more relaxed interview process where people are being asked to show their character and personality.”
What’s changed (and why)?
Foxwell says employers’ needs have changed, thanks to the existence of virtual workspaces and an increasingly dynamic and fast-paced work environment across a range of industries.