We all know what it feels like immediately after a job interview. The nagging doubts start to creep in even when you think you’ve done well. Why did I say that? I forgot to talk about that! Maybe I misunderstood that question. Faced with the chance to score a goal, sometimes we miskick or shoot wide! What gets in the way of being our best and showing our true value to an employer?
Surveys say consistently that employers feel most young people are not work-ready. Job applicants often struggle to shine at job interviews because their mindset, skills and behaviours are lacking on the day. For example, fear of failure, poor communication, and irrelevant answers to questions. Maybe you are work-ready and the recruitment process doesn’t bring the best out of you. Maybe there is simply a mismatch of expectations – what you expect of yourself and what others expect of you. Or maybe you don’t know how to show your value.
5 value blockers
Here are some common barriers that can prevent you from showing your true worth to an employer at a job interview:
I don’t recognise my value. I’m not clear about my talents, strengths and achievements to date. I don’t know what I am good at that would interest this employer.
I don’t value my experiences and what I’ve achieved to date. Why would an employer want to know about ‘X’? My experiences don’t seem very interesting. I am not worthy, don’t believe in myself, and struggle to talk with pride and confidence. Other people do not value me currently or have not valued me in the past.
Research and preparation
I don’t know what this employer values, what my worth is to the employer, and if I match up. I haven’t done enough research and feel ill-prepared.
I haven’t enhanced my value by developing or improving myself recently. I don’t know what to do more of, less of, continue doing, do differently or better to increase my value.
Communicating and engaging
I’m ready and willing, but I can’t put it across verbally. I don’t know how to translate my capability and experience for the benefit of this employer. It’s hard to communicate the value I’ve created to date and the value I will bring to the employer now and in the future. I am lost in translation and don’t know how to show my relevance in an engaging way.
Do any of these barriers ring true for you? Do you want to overcome them for a better chance of success at the job interview? Here’s how.
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David Shindler is founder of the Employability Hub online learning centre, Director of Learning to Leap and widely respected in the industry as an employability expert. David understands the ‘soft’ skills, attitudes and behaviours needed by employers and can help people improve them to get the job they want.