Job Interview

Adaptation and flexibility are two of the keywords of the moment.  And it must manifest itself in three directions :

  1. In the interview itself. We have to show flexibility to adapt the interview format to the circumstances. It may be necessary to complement the face-to-face part of the interview with other modalities such as telephone conversations, video calls, chats, email, etc. It is even possible that the meeting has to be replaced by these or other alternatives.

  1. Adaptation to the company. Most companies have been undergoing a large number of transformations brought about by sociodemographic, financial and technological changes for some time. The circumstances of recent months have highlighted even more, if possible, the need for your employees to show flexibility in the face of changes.
  1. Self as an adaptation factor. We must be able to convey that our incorporation to the workforce provides an added flexibility. It’s not just about being positive about change prompts, it’s about being proactive. In these times, employees who know how to move with agility in complex and changing contexts are highly valuable.

In a complex and changing context, being flexible is a must

Hygiene as a sign

Companies don’t know everything about us when we go for an interview.  However, they must look for a sufficient set of information to allow them to get an idea about our qualities. In short, there are signs that guide us on how we are.

The current hygiene measures for COVID-19 are a sign that we understand the rules and that we pay attention to detail. They show information about our degree of attention and concentration.

Compliance with hygiene standards signals our ability to assimilate business protocols.

Someone who is able to internalize a hygienic protocol and make it part of his habits is likely to be a conscientious worker. Most compliant people may also better follow internal company protocols.

Furthermore, neglect of hygiene in a face-to-face phase can be perceived as a risk for the interviewer himself. Minimizing the probability of contagion is a courteous gesture that encourages empathy.

Smart working as a topic in the interview

In the current environment of COVID-19, the need to outline forms of smart working becomes more evident.  The vicissitudes of what happens between the cohabitants of the same household have an impact on the company.  The reconciliation between what happens inside and outside of work is a way to improve both the lives of workers and their performance.

The job interview can be an opportunity to get closer to smart working but today we know that smart working has many options and that it is the result of successive approaches. Company and worker look for alternatives that optimize the fit. The interview can be a good occasion to exchange first impressions on the subject.

The mask : another part of the wardrobe 

Depending on the job we aspire to, there are different customs and trends.  When putting on a mask, similar observations must be taken into account.

  1. In a very formal job it is preferable to choose a surgical mask or a reusable one in neutral tones and sober shapes. Clothing in general is a risk and the way to minimize it is to choose items of general use.
  1. If we aspire to a creative position and in which originality is highly valued, it may be appropriate to make a personal bet for a mask that may surprise. In this case, we must assess the alignment with the values ​​of the company. It is not only about contributing something different, but also having a positive impact on our interlocutor.
  1. In certain positions related, for example, to the social and environmental commitments of companies, masks with motives related to the specific cause can be interesting. In any case, they must not carry logos, slogans or other signs related to competitors. In addition, a credible commitment must be conveyed throughout the interview.

Non-verbal communication

The mask is an element that limits the vision that others can have of our facial expressions. This can have an impact on verbal communication, to the extent that the way we move our mouths helps us understand the words we are saying. In fact, it complicates understanding for many people with hearing difficulties.

The gaze has a redoubled importance in non-verbal communication during job interviews in times of coronavirus. However, the greatest impact occurs in something very important in a job interview: non-verbal communication. Much of the face is not seen, which deprives us of the information conveyed by the type of smile (or lack thereof). Furthermore, the gesturing of the whole body is limited in a context of social distancing.

In such circumstances, it must be clear that the gaze doubles its importance.  It is the one that can help us to empathize and transfer our communicative style.  We must find a balance between naturalness and the need to contribute with the eyes what the rest of the face cannot transmit.

Verbal communication

Since we lose a relevant part of non-verbal communication, words take on special importance.  We must try to speak clearly and slowly enough. Nor should we lose sight of the rhythm and emphasis on the most prominent parts of our answers or questions.

Speaking clearly and audibly is more necessary than ever !

Another aspect to take into account is conciseness. Surely, we will have many things to convey, but the situation calls for brevity in physical contacts.  Respecting the times is now more necessary than ever. Therefore, it can be useful to make a small mental script of the essential points that we want to project.

Job interviews are gradually evolving. They are dependent on the moment and the candidates have to know how to adapt to different types of circumstances.


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