I like to think of coaching as an investment in yourself. It’s an investment that pays dividends even after the coaching ends. Whether you’re looking to make improvements, build confidence or simply take control, working with a coach can provide the motivation you need.
As a mom, I like to seek out the advice of others when it comes to my kids. The reason why I do this is so I can make informed decisions. Working with a coach can offer you the exact same benefit, but for yourself. You’re provided access to the expertise and knowledge of someone who really knows and understands your objectives. A coach doesn’t have all the answers, instead they have the right questions that will help guide you.
Having a balanced perspective is another benefit of coaching. When you have an outside point of view (from someone other than a friend or family member) it can help you recognize your true value. A coach uses a variety of tactics that will help provide insights into your skills and abilities and give you constructive feedback along the way.
Another benefit of coaching is that it helps to address the feelings of being stuck or confused. In most cases you know “what” you want to do – you want to find a job that meets your expectations. The hard part is “how” you do that. A coach will help bring clarity and direction to your actions, offering you a personalized plan so that you can see results faster.
If you’re ready to make an investment in yourself, I’m ready help you achieve your goals.
My expertise. Your success.
Traditional interviews are still the go-to process as a way of evaluating candidates. HR and/or a hiring manager still ask candidates to talk about their skills and experiences as a way to determine if they are a fit for the job. This has been the industry standard for years! And because of this, it’s also a great source of stress! But the stress can be minimized by following some simple tips.
Depending on the company, your first interaction may be a telephone interview. These are usually quick, to the point and their purpose is to confirm that you meet specific requirements of the role. Make sure you are prepared. Don’t be surprised if the person calling starts in with their questions immediately after confirming they have the right person. When you are in job search mode, carry information with you at all times on the roles and companies you’ve applied to so you can access them quickly.
A phone interview may then be followed by an in-person interview or a panel interview. During an in-person interview questions may range from traditional to behavioural. Take your time to really listen to the question being asked and give yourself time to process. Don’t be worried about the silence. It’s not necessary to fill every moment. I’ve seen candidates come to an interview with a note pad to write down the key parts of my question. What a smart idea. By doing that you create a visual cue and it helps keep you focused when answering. Stress makes your brain do things it wouldn’t do under different circumstances. So the less you can leave to chance the better.
Behavioural questions work on the premise that past behaviour is a predictor of future behaviour. These questions usual start with “tell me about a time when…” I highly recommend that you have a copy of your resume in front of you as a way to easily recall past experiences. When answering behavioural questions make sure your answer has the following three sections:
This system will ensure that you provide a complete answer and keep you from getting off track – another symptom of stress!
Lastly, don’t forget about non-verbal cues, they can give away more than you know. Distracting hand gestures or lack of eye contact can affect your success. Specific body language like crossing your arms, your posture or fidgeting will factor into the decision making process. Take the time to do mock interviews with a friend of family member and have someone video tape it. It’s a great way to find out if you have any unconscious gestures or movements.
The interview process can be nerve racking or you can take control and do something about it.