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IN THIS MONTH’S NEWSLETTER
The Top 5: Next Steps After a Bad Interview
News from Toshiba
Sound Off: How Do You Prep For Your Next Workday?
Monthly Poll: How did your last interview go?
The Top 5: Next Steps After a Bad Interview
Everyone bombs an interview eventually – some more spectacularly than others. How you respond to a bad interview can set you up for future success or lead you to continue making the same mistakes. So take a breath, dust yourself off and take these next steps:
- Ask yourself what happened. Lay it all out. Consider whether this experience was a just a fluke or a pattern you keep repeating. You need to be honest here – if you lie to protect your ego now, you will never let yourself see the problems you need to address.
- Compare what worked and what didn’t. Take what happened in your interview and break it into two lists: What Went Right and What Went Wrong. Star the items that you think were most significant in both lists. For those starred items, write down what factors contributed to each success or failure. For example, if you couldn’t answer a simple interview question; were you very nervous, were you tired, were you hungry, were you flustered by something that happened earlier?
- Strategize. Now that you’ve identified the factors that helped and hurt you, it’s time to prepare accordingly. If you were 15 minutes late to your interview and everything went downhill from there, take steps so you will get to your next interview 15 minutes early. If you really impressed them with your accomplishments, find ways to highlight those strengths next time.
- Research. Don’t rely on introspection alone – there could be all kinds of strategies you’ve never considered. We have a ton of resources that walk you through the whole interview process from updating your resume to preparation tips to spotting signs an interview is going well to picking the best job offer. Not to mention how to spot good and bad bosses or what to do when your employer makes a counteroffer. You will never regret taking some time to up your game.
- Get back out there. A bad interview can be demoralizing but if you’ve done the work to improve, you will do better next time. Check out our job board for hundreds of opportunities with top industry employers. Don’t let that next big opportunity pass you by!
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Toshiba in Turmoil
Toshiba has had a month. As we discussed previously; CVC Capital, a British private equity fund, tendered a nearly $20 billion buyout offer to the Japanese company in early April.
Toshiba’s board was seemingly surprised by the unsolicited offer and even more astounded that the press caught wind of the deal almost immediately. Speculation abounded as Toshiba’s CEO and president, Nobuaki Kuramatani, was formerly employed by CVC in 2017. Now Kuramatani is also formerly employed by Toshiba as he resigned mid-April citing personal reasons.
In the wake of this leadership shakeup, CVC then announced it was suspending its buyout offer. Other private equity firms indicated interest in tendering deals of their own but the Toshiba board does not appear interested.
Several large Toshiba shareholders have voiced their support for a private equity bidding war but it is unclear if they can exert enough pressure to move things forward. An anonymous Toshiba investor speaking to Reuters indicated the board was in for a fight: “Shareholders will hold management accountable if they try to block these interests to buy the company.”
Last month we discussed how to prepare for your next workday so we were curious to hear about your preferred preparation routine. We had a solid turnout of 12,165 votes this month!
Most folks (44%) identified with, “Workdays end?? I’m never unplugged.” While the phrasing of that answer was intended to be funny, the answer is no joking matter. Workdays do need to end so you can relax, recharge and have a life. If you (or your manager) are worried that not working all the time will make you “lazy,” keep in mind that quality breaks actually help increase productivity overall. Developing an end-of-day routine that includes planning for the next day can help you maintain your work-life balance.
About a third (33%) said you preferred to review your calendars before ending their day. Another 13% liked to discuss priorities with their colleagues while another 10% rely on to-do lists. Fewer than 1% have the time to watch the clock before leaving.
How do you prep for your next workday?
- Workdays end?? I’m never unplugged (44%, 5,331 Votes)
- I review my calendar (33%, 3,954 Votes)
- I discuss priorities with my colleagues (13%, 1,543 Votes)
- I make a to-do list (10%, 1,246 Votes)
- I watch the clock (1%, 91 Votes)
Some comments from y’all:
- “Reviewing the calendar certainly factors in, but the most important is discussing tomorrow’s priorities with the team; so that work hopefully has a smooth startup the next day (even if I’m somehow lucky enough to get run over by a bus). A to-do list should be an ever evolving list, not something that is remade every day. I do watch the clock, but only in regards to meeting appointments and making sure my team is back in the office at end of business to avoid costly overtime. For sanity’s sake, and any meaningful personal life, you’ve got to detach – at least to some level – every day at the end of the work day.”
- “None of the above. As a tech, my day semi plans itself. I take one call at a time, I do everything I can to ensure it is fixed and replace any parts that are overdue. It’s not that hard: get call, go to client, resolve issue, take care of maintenance, check in with client, move on to next call. Giving each call my undivided attention will result in an easy day.”
- “I make lists and discuss priorities/challenges in the organization and in the customer base to address the following business day.”
- “I build a to-do list on lease expirations, customer service items and who I need to contact.”
Newsletter May 2021 Poll
How did your last interview go?
- Nailed it! (37%, 4,153 Votes)
- On paper I can do the job but I don’t think the interviewer liked me (18%, 1,944 Votes)
- I did great but I guess they didn’t get it? (11%, 1,191 Votes)
- Good even though I don’t perfectly meet their requirements (11%, 1,191 Votes)
- Fine but there were a lot of other candidates (9%, 989 Votes)
- I… don’t want to talk about it (8%, 855 Votes)
- I knew immediately I didn’t want to work there (7%, 773 Votes)