23 Job Interview Tips During COVID-19 - Find My Rizq

Without a shadow of a doubt, every corner of the world has been affected by Covid-19 in some capacity, with a pandemic that has tragically contributed to the loss of many lives all around the globe; some of whom were bread-winners, and dependent upon to put food on the table, clothe their children and pay the bills.
It doesn’t just stop there, as many people would also have lost their livelihoods and as a result, this would have affected others simply as a chain reaction.

Abu Umamah reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said,

Verily, the Holy Spirit (Angel Gabriel) inspired in my mind that a soul will never die until it finishes its term and consumes its provision. Thus, be graceful in seeking provision and let not one of you allow the delay provision compel him to seek it by disobedience. Verily, Allah does not grant what is with him but by obedience.

– Ḥilyat al-Awliyā’ 14924

We have compiled 23 tips that may benefit individuals applying and preparing for job interviews:

  1. Be sure to tailor your CV to each job you apply for
  2. Think about any new skills you’re developing
  3. Be flexible
  4. Be honest
  5. Build a network with people
  6. Be responsive
  7. Be a great second choice
  8. Be ready to adapt 
  9. Be willing to apply for other roles within your sector
  10. Be ready to step out of your comfort zone
  11. Update your CV fairly regularly
  12. Anticipate delays and keep searching
  13. Update your LinkedIn profile
  14. Practice your phone and video etiquette
  15. Research employers and industries in active-hiring mode
  16. Ramp up your informational interviews
  17. Add remote-friendly keywords to your cv, cover letter and LinkedIn profile
  18. Keep your eyes open for prospective job opportunities on social media 
  19. Create job-hunting systems for success
  20. Research who you are meeting
  21. Practise plenty of Competency-based questions
  22. Ensure your technical knowledge is up-to-date
  23. Practise mock interviews

References & Further reading:

  1. https://www.rutgers.edu/news/four-tips-interviewing-landing-new-job-during-covid-19
  2. https://asc-connections.com/blog/6-tips-for-job-hunting-during-the-covid-19-outbreak/
  3. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/economy/5-tips-for-finding-work-during-the-covid-19-pandemic
  4. https://www.pro-recruitment.co.uk/blog/2020/03/5-top-tips-for-interview-preparation-while-working-from-home
  5. https://www.forbes.com/sites/rogerma/2020/04/23/7-tips-for-how-to-job-search-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/#379023896f82
  6. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/prepare-pandemic-job-interview-questions-andrew-seaman/

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