After being a housewife for so long, you may feel like going back to work. This is of course normal, considering that you have reliable skills and experience.
Working again after being a housewife is not easy. There are many things that need to be prepared, one of which is preparation for the interview.
A job interview is an opportunity to show a potential employer that you are the right candidate for the job. Apart from having to prepare yourself professionally, you also have to prepare yourself mentally to face the interview.
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With the right mindset, a housewife can ace a good interview. You need to anticipate and prepare for the questions that will inevitably be asked about job gaps, an important concern for hiring managers.
“In a job interview, it’s a good idea to address those gaps head-on,” writes Rachelle Lappinen, a lecturer and career advisor for MassEdCo, citing Live Career.
For this reason, it is important to prepare yourself well when facing a job interview after being a housewife for many years. These are job interview tips for housewives who want to work again.
Job interview tips for housewives
1. Do research about the company and the position you are applying for
Before the job interview, make sure you have done research about the company and the position you are applying for. This will help you answer the interviewer’s questions better.
You can look for information about the company on the website, social media, or ask people who know the company. For the position you are applying for, you can learn about the duties and responsibilities, as well as the qualifications required.
2. Prepare answers to common questions
Common questions that are often asked in interviews are about work experience, reasons for leaving a previous job, and reasons for wanting to work again. To answer these questions, you can practice in front of a mirror or with a friend.
Lappinen said that interview questions for stay-at-home moms also tend to focus on reasons for not working for so long, how to spend time at home, your skills, and how you can adapt to the position.
Make sure your answers are short, concise and clear. You can also add relevant stories or experiences to strengthen your answer.
3. Dress neatly and politely
The first time you meet an interviewer, your appearance will be the first impression they get. Therefore, make sure you dress neatly and politely.
Wear clothing that suits the position you are applying for. Avoid wearing clothes that are too revealing, tight, or casual.
4. Arrive on time
Arriving on time for a job interview is important. This shows that you respect the interviewer’s time and are serious about taking part in the interview. If you are late, immediately contact the interviewer to tell them the reason for your lateness.
5. Be confident
Confidence is the key to success in a job interview. Make sure you stand straight, look the interviewer in the eye, and speak clearly and firmly.
Mothers can also do some breathing exercises to help them feel more relaxed and confident, especially because they haven’t met other people formally for a long time because they are busy taking care of their children at home.
6. Ask questions
After the interview, you will be given the opportunity to ask questions. Use this opportunity to show that you are interested in the company and position you are applying for.
You can ask about company culture, job responsibilities, or anything you can do to help the company.
7. Follow up
After the job interview, immediately send an e-mail to the interviewer to thank them for the time and opportunity given. You can also add additional information that you may have missed in the interview.
Follow up also shows that you are still interested in the position and want to get more information.
Those are job interview tips for housewives. When you prepare yourself well, you will be better prepared to face interviews and increase your chances of getting the job you want.
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