Forget your troubles, come on get happy,
You better chase all your cares away.
Shout hallelujah, come on get happy…
Get ready for the judgement day!
– Judy Garland – “Get Happy”
What if that “judgement day” that you’re facing is a series of interviews, one on the phone, one face-to-face, one with a panel and one with a group of other hopefuls? Keeping your energy and enthusiasm up when you’re applying for jobs can be tough. Just getting to the interview stage is a fantastic achievement in itself, and you can give yourself a big pat on the back for that, but it’s not over just yet!
How can I keep focused?
You might be juggling 4 or 5 assessment centres or interviews, alongside applying for other jobs, your university coursework and perhaps a part-time job. How can you keep your mind sharp and not confuse applications or companies? Take a look at our tips…
1. Keep a job log.
This could be in the form of a spreadsheet or list, which is a quick reminder of which companies you have applied to, whether you are successful and which stage you are at. It could look a bit like this:
|Company||Date applied||Job title||Closing date||Follow up||Status|
|Barclays||15/11/12||Graduate scheme||15/12/12||15/01/13||Phone interview. Panel interview. Rejected.|
|Reeves & Co||12/01/13||Grad internship||21/01/13||21/02/13||Rejected.|
|Fosters Law||21/02/13||2 week placement||N/A||21/03/13||121 interview. Accepted.|
|Network Rail||15/07/13||Internship||31/08/13||15/09/13|| Awaiting reply
2. Take a break!
If your job hunt is taking up all your time, you are putting too much pressure on yourself and your tiredness will show at interview. You might also make mistakes in applications or emails to companies, so make sure you take time out, see your friends and relax.
3. Ask for feedback and learn from it.
You will get a rejection or two along the way, it’s inevitable. Thank the company for taking the time to view your application/interview you/meet with you, and ask them for some feedback. What did the person that got the job do differently? How could you improve? Listen, and use this advice in your following applications and interviews.
If you’d like to talk about applying for jobs, dealing with rejection, interview techniques or anything to do with your job hunting journey, just get in touch with us at the Careers and Employability Service.