"So, what do you do for work?"Written by Doreen Banaszak, www.getunslumped.com
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What's first thing that comes to mind? What about it is appealing to you? What other things come to mind? How do feel thinking about it?
If you feel good, then you are on right track!
Now if you are like most, you'll immediately start thinking of all reasons why this will never happen. What if you put all those reasons aside and just thought more about it? Try it...
What would be one thing you could do to explore how this idea might work? I bet you do a lot of projects at your current job, what would be your next steps if you were to make turning this idea into reality a project?
This may seem simple, but it is first step to shift your attention from discomfort to possibility.
Give it a try, you really have nothing to lose and could possibly get on your way to happily answering, "So, what do you do for work?"
Doreen Banaszak is a career coach, teacher & founder of the "90-Day Get Your Career UnSlumped Challenge". Where do you want to be in 90 days? Register today to receive your free "GetUnSlumped Welcome Package" including an e-workbook, free tele-workshop and complementary coaching consultation. Register at www.getunslumped.com!
Competency Based Interviews - 6 Steps to Success!Written by Martin Haworth
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Strong Ending! Keep whole thing light, even as you leave at end. Have a conversation in general terms - about anything! Do make sure that you ask them some things that are about them - they will love it if you ask them some open (what, how, when, where, who) general questions about your new job! About something nice in building or their clothes - take as it comes and do what feels comfortable! Remember that competencies are there to help you and they provide a guide-map for your competency based interview success!
- Using your scenarios make just three key points about what you've been asked. Make them relevant and right 'weight'. Not too long or too short.
- After that, leave space for them to ask more - that's what they are listening for.
- Say 'I' a lot - they want to know what your personal involvement and experience was, not 'the team' or 'they'.
- Have fun - whilst not contrived, smile and make some simple jokes, if you feel comfortable with that - they want to employ happy as well as capable people.
- Can't answer? That's fine. Make sure that you reflect on your shortcomings by saying things like, 'It's one of first things I want to develop in my next job - if you did your stuff on your scenarios and your competencies well enough, you will have covered 90% of bases well and you'll be forgiven for not being 'perfect'. If you are really stumped - say so!
- Ask questions - relevant, about their culture, focus on developing you, opportunities - positive 'peopley' things (remember it's your chance to see if you want to work with them!).
- Also ask about current issues they may be facing - you did do your homework on them, didn't you?
© 2005 Martin Haworth is a Business and Management Coach. He works worldwide, mainly by phone, with small business owners, managers and corporate leaders. He has hundreds of hints, tips and ideas at his website, www.coaching-businesses-to-success.com. (Note to editors. Feel free to use this article, wherever you think it might be of value - with a live link if you can).