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Recapture Your Interviewing Mojo with Vicky Oliver

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Streamed live on Jan 7, 2016

Did your career just take an unexpected turn -- as in over a cliff?  Are you suddenly back in job search mode after thinking your former position was sewn up and secure? You may have more company than you think. Although many industries are reporting rosy employment figures, a recent report shows a 36 percent increase in layoffs from the same period last year. Layoffs are not a thing of the past.
 
Getting laid off is a devastating experience even when you see it coming. You may be reeling from the blow, and worried that you've lost some of your job-snagging mojo. Try to think of this as a minor blip on your career trajectory. After all, being able to embrace change in the working world is considered a mark of success, so think of your change in circumstance as a stepping stone toward greater resiliency and achievement. 
 
If it's been awhile since you've interviewed for a job, take note of these five tips to get you back in the game.
 
1. Do your due diligence. You probably thought that, after college, your days of studying were behind you. But think of a job interview as a final exam and study for it! Don't think you can ace the interview without plenty of prep work beforehand. Do as much research on the company as possible and make a list of questions you expect your interviewer to ask. Play "20 Questions" with yourself, practicing the answers to every question you anticipate. In this way, you'll charm your interviewer with your preparation and your poise.
2. Never play the blame game. Even if you're feeling some residual anger at having been let go from that previous job, never badmouth a former employer. Try to couch the incident in neutral language: Saying the company was having a "mid-life crisis" is less caustic than saying the managers "didn't know what they were doing." Focus on the experience you gained, the goals you accomplished, and the projects you spearheaded instead. If you engage in a smear campaign of your former boss, your prospective employer may worry that you'll do the same thing to him down the road. 
3. Show the silver lining to previous adversity. If you made a mistake in your last job and are asked about it, own up to it. But strive to show how you corrected the problem and what you learned from the experience. Everyone can relate to messing up from time to time. The important message to share is that you admit to your mistake, you took responsibility for making things right, and you can guarantee it won't happen again.
4. Fill the hole in your resume. If you've been out of work for a stretch of time, find ways to plug any career gaps with a volunteer job or relevant coursework so you won't appear idle. It also helps to organize your resume by skills rather than chronologically.
5. Getting past a potential bias. Age and gender are two of the invisible barriers that prevent qualified people from getting the jobs they deserve. While it's illegal to discriminate against job applicants for traits such as these, you can sometimes detect when an interviewer is skeptical about your "fit" with the office culture. It may be best to address the proverbial elephant in the room: Point out what you bring in experience and enthusiasm, and even how your particular background can offer a fresh perspective.
 
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Vicky Oliver is a leading career development expert and the multi-best-selling author of five books, including 301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions (http://goo.gl/d9ulPN) and her new book, Live Like a Millionaire (Without Having to Be One) (http://goo.gl/SQV1Nz). She For more information, visit vickyoliver.com.

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