Everything you need to know for your first job change interview

Switching jobs is part of every professional’s life. About 91 per cent of Millennial claim that they will stay in a job for less than two years, according to a recent survey. So, with this thing catching on, how do you know when to pull the axe and how to go about the job change? If you are a professional making your first job change, here are some key points that will help sail through your job change voyage:

Analyse reason for change: Ask yourself why you decided to move on and analyse the reasons that are causing this switch and what you are looking out for in your new employment. Knowing and recognizing all the reasons that are not working for you in your current job will help you find the suited job. This will also help you answer the interviewer when he or she poses this question to you. A well planned out job switch can be the biggest launch pad for one’s career.

Identify an ideal role: Find out what you like, appreciate and are good at in your current role. Try to match that with the new role. Understand your strengths and weaknesses and consider this while searching for the perfect fit. Also keep in mind all the advice you have received over the last few years. Your next job should also align with your vision of growth and provide you enough prospects to learn and develop as a professional.

Perfect cover letter: A cover letter is an important aspect of a job search. Most people underestimate the importance of a cover letter. Remember that you are telling your story in the cover letter and it must make an impact and stand out from thousands of others applying for the same role as you. The cover letter is your first chance to impress the employer.

Informative and precise CV: Your CV conveys your professional and personal details in the way that presents you in the best possible light. A CV is a marketing document and you need to sell your skills, experience, abilities, and qualifications to potential employers in the best possible manner. Include everything that you think adds value to your profile and highlight all key areas. Be honest in your CV and keep the content precise.

Impact statement: Impact statements are the best way to highlight work performance and your personal impact on the organization. Effective statements are a way for you to demonstrate your key skills, talents and capabilities with measurable, concrete examples.

Find out industry standards for hikes: Understand industry hikes to avoid underselling yourself. Speak to your peers and get an idea about the hikes in different companies. Read about the latest trends in increments and hikes on various job portals and related websites. Use this information to mentally prepare yourself for the hike percentage you can expect in a new job.

Preparation: Prepare well for the interview. Refresh on all the projects you worked on, key skills gained and also read up on all the basic concepts. Read all the “Frequently Asked Interview Questions” available on the Internet in your area of expertise or in the domain you are interviewing for.

Research about the company: Be extremely thorough in your research. Analyse the compensation structure, the various benefits and the culture of the company. Significant knowledge about the company enables you to create a good impression on your potential employer. Talk to common connections on LinkedIn who work in the company and ask them all the relevant questions. Read reviews on different websites and social media platforms to see what employees of the company have to say. This will help you understand your new domain, company, and role better, and clarify any doubts you may have.

Negotiate on salary: Salary negotiations are very critical. Negotiate well and have a list of points ready. Be ready to justify why you deserve the salary you seek. Speak about what you bring to the role and the impact you can make. Discuss the fixed pay, the variable pay components and all the other financial benefits such as travel allowance or reimbursements.

Make a lasting impression: Be calm and confident during the interview. Dress well, reach the venue on time and answer all the questions clearly and honestly. Do not be nervous. Ask the interviewer all the relevant questions based on your research. Appear enthusiastic throughout the interview and stay positive.

These points will help make your job switch smooth. Try to get as much help as you can from friends, family, and seniors in the industry. Make the most of all the help and information available to you. All the best!

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