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So, you are about to return to work after giving birth. You are ready to find a new job, but you have no idea where to start. Luckily, there are a few lesser-known tips and tricks to acing job interviews one after the other. Here is everything you need to know.

A Mommy’s Guide to Acing Job Interviews in 2022

Luckily, there are a few lesser-known tips and tricks to acing job interviews one after the other. Here is everything you need to know.

Source the industry

If you want to do something you are experienced with, you already know what is new in the industry. But if you are about to join a new industry, you may want to source it first. Networking is essential at this point. You can even use online platforms that specialize in the industry you like. For example, you can access websites like the Personal Support Worker HQ to get more info on jobs in the nursing industry.

Get in touch with some of your friends and ask what is new. Contact some former colleagues. Tell everyone you are looking for a new job and ask for their suggestions about what you should know. Join a few industry forums and discussion boards to identify new trends.

It is just as important to learn about the company you apply for. You will be more knowledgeable in the interview, but you will also be able to ask the right questions.

Anticipate, ask and answer questions

Talking about questions, you will have to anticipate some questions. For example, potential employers will want to know more about your past. If you have worked in the industry before, you might be asked how you have managed to keep your skills up to date.

Maybe you worked as a volunteer, or you took some online classes.

Keep in mind that most employers will not ask about childcare arrangements. While important, it is not legal in many countries. But assuming you are ready to go back to work, you should already have a childcare plan.

As for asking questions, you do have to ask questions – find intelligent and appropriate questions about the job, not something you can find in the job description. Coming with the best interview preparation will make you stand out as a candidate.

Luckily, there are a few lesser-known tips and tricks to acing job interviews one after the other. Here is everything you need to know.

Dress up for the interview

Dress accordingly for each interview. Find out what type of clothes people wear in the industry and the organization. If you apply to be a clerk in a bank, you will need to be more conservatory. If you go for advertising, you can be a bit casual.

No matter what you go for – even a job in construction, you need to opt for professional attire. Just because the job implies going into muddy places, it does not mean you should wear heavy-duty pants and rubber boots.

Body language is critical.

If you look too shy and nervous, you will miss this opportunity. Too daring? Just as bad. Here are a few general ideas to make a good impression.

Your handshake must be confident and firm but not very aggressive. Ensure the interviewer sits down first unless you are asked to take a seat, and the interviewer wants to stand.

Avoid slouching in your chair – instead, keep your back straight and try to look professional. On the same note, avoid folding arms on your chest or keeping them in your pockets.

Your phone should be silent, and you should avoid checking your phone, watch, or clock. Lean a bit forward, too – it is a way to show interest in the respective conversation.

Finally, it would help if you had a confident tone and exact words.

Be positive

You are being positive means being open-minded and relaxed throughout the interview. If you are too nervous, the interviewer will see it. Your voice and gestures will show it. Being positive will allow you to keep it cool, look more natural and relax.

It will help you make a good impression rather than get lost in your thoughts.

The bottom line is anyone can ace an interview, and it does take preparation. As a new mother returning to work after a long time, you may need to take a few extra steps, but it is doable. Take your time to prepare accordingly and picture the whole interview before actually getting there.

Alicia Trautwein is an Autism advocate, writer, motivational speaker, and dedicated mom of four. Alicia’s desire to advocate for Autism comes from her own autism diagnosis and that of her three children, niece, and brother. Her life’s mission is to educate on autism acceptance and change the world for future generations of autistic individuals.

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