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Definitive Guide to #Job hunting 12: The importance of confidence after #redundancy

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un-confidentSome time ago, I had the same feedback from hiring clients regarding interviewees: “He looked good on paper but it seems that he has lost his confidence a bit.”

In both cases, the candidates were male, in their late 40’s, previously in senior positions in automotive manufacturing companies. And both were made redundant during 2009. This is not a discriminatory statement: In my view, this directly aligns these candidates with the majority of job seekers currently in the market.

Also in both cases, I spent a lot of time with the candidates on the phone preparing them for the interviews, ensuring they knew exactly what to expect, what the hirers key desirables were, and how they had to go about the interview to give them the best opportunity to perform. It’s so disappointing, for all parties concerned!

So often, the interviewer comes away feeling disappointed because the expectation raised on the CV is dashed by the reality of a candidate who might have just done one too many interview. Or been treated badly by just one too many recruitment agent. Or possibly finds it hard to understand why he is struggling to find another job in the first place. Its a self-perpetuating cycle.

In truth, every interviewer WANTS the interviewee to do well. It saves them time and money.  And if your CV didn’t impress them, you wouldn’t get the interview in the first place so it’s really a job half done. All you have to do, is put the final stamp on it by performing well and living up to the expectations raised in your CV.

It is so difficult to deal with the fall out of redundancy and sadly, it often shows. If I can give anyone who is lined up for a job interview one shred of advice, it will be to ACT LIKE MAD! If you can feel it, you will believe it, and you will become it.

Overcome your fears, your worries, your despondency just for that one hour during the interview: It might be the most important hour of your future career.

Be the man you used to be, not the one redundancy makes you believe you are. Act the part, and you will get what you want.  Act the way you feel, and people believe what they see. And they make recruitment decisions based on that impression.


Written by Cathy Richardson

August 1, 2014 at 8:30 am

Posted in Recruitment

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  1. Cathy, I found your blog entry through your link in the HireFriday group on LinkedIn.

    It’s so important for candidates to manage their mindsets, I agree. No hiring manager wants to make an offer to someone who isn’t confident. Indeed, it’s so important that I wrote a blog entry addressing the matter. Because while I’m a big fan of “fake it ’til you make it”, for some people, that can take them longer than they have until that interview.

    On the off chance you might be interested, am including a link to that blog entry.


    August 12, 2010 at 9:58 pm

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