Every day we have plenty of opportunities

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“Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you’re doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you.”
― Joel Osteen


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There’s this kind of sleazy show that draws a huge crowd of viewers called “The Bachelor” that is currently running on TV.

This show is the “ultimate” interview process when it comes to getting the job. (Being chosen as the potential wife of “the bachelor.”

There are twenty-five candidates at the start of the show – contenders for the job. We are not sure how the twenty-five are chosen – but they are the “candidate pool.”

Week-by-week, one-by-one, they are eliminated – many in the beginning and then it narrows down to the final few.

When all is said and done, one “special person” is chosen.

What happens to all the other candidates? Even those who are “crushed.”

They move on and find other people to date – “life goes on.”

What happens when you do not get your “dream job?”

You move on. You gave it your best shot – hopefully. That’s all you can do.

“Life goes on.”


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By Carole Martin

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Making a List and Checking it Twice

By Carole Martin

Some people are more organized than others, but it never hurts to have a checklist to make sure you’re prepared for your upcoming interview.

Preparation for the interview

• Read the job posting over several times – read between the lines – what will it take to do this job? Personality traits, skills, knowledge and experience?
• Take a piece of paper and write,“What they are looking for.” Compare that against your qualifications – “What you have to offer.”
• Research the company, and the industry, and the competition.
• Prepare a “personal statement” summarizing what you have to offer. This information can be used to answer open-ended questions like “Tell me about yourself”
• Write at least five success stories to answer behavioral interview questions.
(“Tell me about a time when…,” or “Can you give me an example of a time….”)
• Answers to the 10 most common interview questions

Tell me about yourself.

Why did you leave/are you leaving your last position?
What do you know about this company?
What are your goals?
What are your strengths/weaknesses?
Why do you want to work for this company?
What has been your most significant achievement?
How would your last boss/colleagues describe you?
Why should we hire you?
What is your salary expectation?

• Make a list of 5-10 questions to ask the interviewer about the job; the company; the industry.
• Research salary data – know your worth and the “going” rate for your position.
• Know your salary needs, based on your living expenses – your bottom line.
• Get permission from your references to use their names.

Before you leave for the interview

• Appearance – check yourself in the mirror – if you feel good about yourself and how you look, others will return that feeling.

Items to carry to the interview

Several copies of your resume
Copy of your references Pad of paper to take notes (notes are optional) Directions/map to the interview site

Upon Arrival

• Arrive early so that you are on time. Don’t enter the building until 10-15 minutes before your appointment. (Don’t appear overly anxious.)
• Review your preparation stories and answers.
• Go to the restroom and check your appearance one last time.
• Cool your hands down – run cold water on the insides of your wrists
• Greet the receptionist in a professional manner – don’t underestimate the importance of anyone you come in contact with – always be courteous
• Stand and greet your interviewer with a confident handshake.
• Smile and look into the interviewer’s eyes – note the color of his or her eyes.

During the Interview

• Try to focus on the points you have prepared without being rehearsed or stiff.
• Relax and enjoy the conversation. Learn what you can about the company.
• Ask questions and listen – read between the lines.
• Ask if there is any additional information needed to prove that you are the right person for the job.
• Thank the interviewer and find out what the next step in the process will be.
• Ask for the interviewer’s card (to send the follow up letter).

After the Interview

• As soon as possible, write down what you are thinking and feeling.
• Later in the day, look at what you wrote and assess how you did.
• Write a follow up/thank you letter. Remind the interviewer of your qualities.

This checklist will aid you in feeling prepared and ready. This feeling will boost your confidence and you will be able to be more relaxed and make a positive impression.

If you need more expert advice, practice and help with your answers, be sure to check out our coaches who are standing by to help. www.interviewcoach.com

Your Resume vs Your Answer

By Carole Martin

Client comments:

By Carole Martin

“I just wanted to let you know that your advice was brilliant and I was able to obtain a very good job offer last week, which I accepted.

I saw on LinkedIn about 27 people applied for the job, and I’m not sure how many they interviewed.

I had an interview which turned out to be with the entire team (I wasn’t informed of that ahead of time). So, it was me and 12 people in a conference room.

But I did those exercises you sent me and read your book and everything you said and sent helped prepare me really well for the interviews.

It was one of the best interviews I ever had, and even though I was in a room with all of those people I felt so prepared and was able to answer all of the questions with confidence.

All of your advice paid off and certainly helped. I’m not sure I would have gotten the job without your help.

Thank you so much.”