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Preparing for any interview can be nerve-wracking, as well as time consuming. Nowadays, there are so many different types of interviews that it’s important to get yourself ready and put your best self forward. Ranging from the traditional in-person one-on-one, to video calls and group interviews, we’ve got you covered with tips to prepare for each one.

In-person one-on-one

Your interviewer is going to get the best sense of your personality and potential when meeting in person, especially when it is just the two of you. Prior to arriving at the interview, be sure to interview the company and have several questions and talking points at the ready. To get a sense of what you should ask and talk about, check out our blog post Questions to Ask During a Job Interview. This will help in building a strong connection and give the employer an idea of how you’d perform should you get hired.

Group interview

While this interview may seem less daunting with other people, you also have to find a way to make yourself stand out and sell what makes you unique from the rest of the group. Indeed recommends socializing beforehand. They say, “Be polite and friendly to the other candidates despite the competitive nature of the situation and listen to their input. Some of it may be useful. For instance, another applicant might mention certifications they’ve earned, which could prompt you to share similar information about yourself. They may also have insights into the company that you could use.”

Virtual interview

Virtual interviews have become increasingly common since the start of the pandemic and the rise of work from home culture. Because you are relying solely on technology, the first step to taking is making sure your tools and internet are working properly. Test your laptop, webcam, and audio beforehand. The last thing you want is to be cutting out halfway through.

Additionally, just because you are taking this interview from home, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t remain professional. Dress the same as you would in person and use an appropriate background with minimal to no noise. For more tips on virtual interviews, read through our blog post 5 Tips to Ace your Virtual Interview.

Panel interview

In a panel interview, you will be facing a team of several interviewers all at once. This can seem overwhelming, as multiple people will be watching and listening to you at the same time. Take note of who is asking you which questions, maintain respective eye contact, and refer to everyone by their name if possible. Building rapport during this type of interview will set the tone of your personality and work ethic moving forward.

Phone screening

A phone screening is generally the first step before a formal interview. It can help hiring managers and recruiters get an idea of you interest in the role before they invite you in. These calls don’t usually last very long, but you should still situate yourself in a quiet area away from any distractions. It is also a good idea to have your resume and notes in front of you.

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Jun 6, 2023

Optimism Growing for an Improving Job Market

Optimism is growing that the worst of the pandemic business retrenchment is over and that job growth may be just around the corner.

The Conference Board last week said its Employment Trends Index increased in January for the ninth consecutive month.

At the same time, Chief Executive released its latest poll of chief executive officers showing their confidence in future business conditions continues to grow. It is now where it was in February last year, just before the global business shutdown. Out of a possible 10 points, the 300+ CEOs scored their optimism about business conditions in the coming months at 7.1, a 2-year high.

In addition, Chief Executive reported that “A growing number of business leaders now forecast growth in revenues and capital expenditures as well. Meanwhile, they rated their confidence in current business conditions ‘good,’ at 6.2 out of 10.”

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The Conference Board’s Employment Index and its Leading Economic Index, released late last month, are both on an upswing, if a slow and uneven one. The LEI increased by 0.3% in December after improving by a more robust 0.9% in October and 0.7% in November.

“The US LEI’s slowing pace of increase in December suggests that US economic growth continues to moderate in the first quarter of 2021,” said Ataman Ozyildirim, senior director of economic research at The Conference Board.”Improvements in the US LEI were very broad-based among the leading indicators, except for rising initial claims for unemployment insurance and a mixed consumer outlook on business and economic conditions.”

The improvement in the Employment Trends Index has been far steadier and quicker. The index came in at 99.27 in January, a small .72 point improvement over December but a significant improvement from last spring when the index was just over 70. Still, the index is 10% lower than it was a year ago.

The Employment Trends Index is a leading composite index for employment, meaning it is an early indicator pointing to future job growth. “Turning points in the index indicate that a turning point in employment is about to occur in the coming months,” says The Conference Board. “The Employment Trends Index aggregates eight leading indicators of employment, each of which has proven accurate in its own area.”

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One of these, the number of workers employed by the staffing industry, has been a primary driver of improvement in the index, says Gad Levanon, head of The Conference Board Labor Markets Institute. “The Employment Trends Index has been increasing in recent months, with the largest contributing component being the number of jobs in the temporary help industry.”

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 2.95 million workers employed by the staffing industry at the beginning of 2020. Following the government ordered COVID shutdown, the number dropped to 1.95 million in April. Now, the latest BLS report says the staffing industry employed 2.7 million in January.

Though Levanon cautions we should expect some uncertainty around job growth due to the risk of the emerging COVID variants, by spring he says, “We expect strong job growth to resume and continue throughout the remainder of the year.”

Photo by Corey Agopian on Unsplash

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