Interviews can be daunting, especially when you’re returning to work after a few years of being a full-time mom. Your confidence may be low, and you may not even remember what it was you did at work.
Here are 10 ways to prepare for a job interview as a returning to work mom.
You may not have even looked at it in years, but you’re going to need to remember what it is you did at your previous roles and what you have to offer an employer. Go over your last job spec to refresh your memory.
Watch YouTube videos for some ideas on how to handle yourself in an interview, how to answer situational based questions etc and have some mock interviews with your partner or a friend.
Keep your practise notes and CV away from little hands. Or you’ll end up with a scribbled drawing of Pokémon over the most important parts.
You may have been out of the game for a while, but women you’ve got skill! In all the time, you’ve been managing your household no one has gone hungry or unclothed – and you’ve never run out of toilet roll either. You’ve been handling the budgets, purchasing, creditors and even managing difficult little people, and you’ve handled it all very well. You’ve got skill mummy!
Make sure you’ve tried them on before the interview as your pre-pregnancy clothes may not fit the same way, and you really don’t want to be holding your breath in so as not to burst a seam or pop a button. (The popping button has happened to me – quite embarrassing.) Also make sure your clothing is appropriate – you may have paid £100 for that bridesmaid’s dress and want to get maximum use from it, but it just isn’t appropriate. If you have nothing appropriate that fits you, get something from a ‘worky’ clothes shop like Next. If you’re really broke after a few months of SMP (Statutory Maternity Pay), keep the tags in and take it back after the interview. (Make sure the tags are tucked in!) I’m not saying that this is good practise – but sometimes you’ve just got to do what you’ve got to do.
Put it out of reach of the kids and make sure it doesn’t end up with kiddie stains of food or snot.
If you’re breastfeeding, make sure you express before going to the interview if need be. You don’t want your breasts ballooning in the interview room and spraying breastmilk everywhere (happened to me once but thankfully not in an interview). Wear some breast pads in case of a leak.
Make sure this is arranged in advance and not last minute in a panic. Consider that the interview may run over. You don’t want to be in there thinking, I really need to run!
Know who will be interviewing you and know the dates and time of the interview. It’s easy enough to turn up for an interview a week early (I’ve done it), so make sure you’ve got all your facts straight!
Know where the interview is and even do a practise run just to make sure you know where you’re going. (Sometimes Satnav takes you to the back where there isn’t any entry.) So, know where you’re going and make sure you’ll be there on time and not arrive in a fluster! I once turned up for an interview in very good time, but I was in the wrong town. I was in Kingston-upon-Thames instead of Guildford. I got the job miraculously, but I never lived this down!
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