I’ve started doing live Facebook videos called Career Chat over Coffee and this week the topic was about how to combat nerves when going for interview.
This morning I’m going to chat with you about interviewing and how to:
- Reduce the nerves
- Have a good idea about what to say
- How to answer tricky questions
If you’re walking out of the interview meeting wishing you had said things or done things differently, here’s some ways you can avoid these feelings of regret. Continue reading “Calm your nerves at interview”
It can be tough when you’ve had an interview for your ideal job and it’s offered to someone else. It often leaves you questioning ‘Where did I go wrong?’ or, ‘What could I have done better’ or simply, ‘Why didn’t they pick me?!’ Continue reading “Getting Interviews, But Not Job Offers”
Have you been in a situation where you’ve sent off a couple of applications and the recruiter calls you up just as you’re stepping onto a train? Unexpectedly, you’re about to have a phone interview and probably not in the best setting to concentrate. Continue reading “Phone Interviews – Don’t Get Caught Out”
When someone has done you a favour, helped you out or given their time, I assume it comes naturally to most people to say “thank you”. I was raised to write thank you cards to long distant family members when receiving presents, so for me its second nature.
In our busy lives, sending a note of thanks can often be overlooked and that’s ok. However, if you DO make this gesture it can have a positive impact in a number of ways: Continue reading “An Attitude of Gratitude”
March has been a crazy month for me, juggling a busy workload (which is great), plus volunteering for our local community event, Harcourt Applefest. This means any blogging or social media marketing for my business has fallen by the wayside. So, for my March post I thought I’d share some extra helpful job search tips. Continue reading “Job Search Toolkit”
A Prague job interview for an Irish woman travelling in Rajasthan, by Genevieve Ward
This month I’ve taken some time out from my business to travel through parts of India. My partner and I are two thirds of the way through a tour of Rajasthan, where we’ve visited palaces and forts, walked through small farming villages and market places, interacted with some of the local people and enjoyed their delicious food. It’s been an amazing experience so far. Continue reading “The Wonder of Remote Interviewing”
When employers are assessing job applications, one of the things they look for is how you can add value to their organisation. As they review your application or listen to your interview responses they will want to know what makes you stand out above the others. Similarly, when potential clients want to hear about my career coaching services, I let them know that I not only help with writing their resume, but also give extra job search tips in our discussions and keep an eye out for suitable job opportunities. Continue reading “Going the Extra Mile”
When it comes to final stage of the interview process and it’s between you and one other applicant, you can congratulate yourself for making it here. You’ve put in a great effort with your resume, cover letter, interview(s), and perhaps some psychometric testing or even a role play! You expect the phone to ring at any moment and fingers are crossed for positive news. In preparation for the outcome being against you, remember to thank them for the opportunity, but also ask the recruiter ‘How did I interview?’…or … ‘What could I have improved on?’
Continue reading “Seeking Feedback”
One of my goals this year is to build more local relationships and connections through networking. Networking can come to some people naturally, but for others it can be daunting. I would rate myself in the middle whereby I like to be social, yet it takes some self-talk and planning to get me out to market my business.
I plan my networking activity by listing who I’d like to connect with and how will I go about it. Whether I’m cold calling on recruitment firms, attending a community event, or inviting people on LinkedIn for a coffee meeting, at some point a face to face discussion will need to take place. Here’s where more planning needs to be done – preparing what to say.
Continue reading “Tell Me About Yourself (Developing a Networking Pitch)”
Your hard work in preparing an awesome job application has paid off and you are called up for an interview. You know you can do the job, and are feeling confident about discussing what skills and experience you can bring to the role and the organisation. Now, how do you keep your nerves in check in the lead up, to avoid that feeling of forgetting something?
Take a deep breath and get these details in order, then you’ll be stepping into the interview with an air of confidence:
- Double check the time, date and location
- Try on your interview outfit to make sure it’s clean, pressed and appropriate
- Know who will be interviewing you and their role in the business
- Prepare meaningful questions to ask the interviewer(s)
- Research the company’s website to enable you to understand the business, such as services, locations, who’s who, core values and vision Continue reading “Last Minute Interview Checklist”