"So, what do you do for work?"

Written by Doreen Banaszak, www.getunslumped.com

I remember being asked this question a lot when I was dissatisfied with my career. My usual strategy would be to give a pat answer and immediately turnrepparttar question back onrepparttar 135639 person who asked it.

My avoidance ofrepparttar 135640 question wasn't so much that I was considered unsuccessful or that my work was embarrassing, it was more aboutrepparttar 135641 fact that I didn't feel personally successful doing what I was doing.

I longed to be excited not evasive when asked this question. I wanted to be able to speak for more than 2 seconds before I turnedrepparttar 135642 question back on my inquisitor.

What do you do when asked this question and how do you feel? If you find yourself avoiding and not feeling all that great about your answer, it's time to change your answer and here's a simple way to get started...

Ask yourself this: "What do I REALLY want to say when someone says, "So what do you do for work?""

Competency Based Interviews - 6 Steps to Success!

Written by Martin Haworth

More and more organisations are using a competency based framework for interviewing. Here are 6 steps to help you makerepparttar best impression - and getrepparttar 135529 job!

Competency based interviews are intended to getrepparttar 135530 best from you,repparttar 135531 candidate, whilst also fulfillingrepparttar 135532 needs ofrepparttar 135533 organisation to getrepparttar 135534 very best person forrepparttar 135535 job. There are some easy steps to makerepparttar 135536 most of yourself and have a much better chance of success.

  1. Prepare well, but keep it sensible As long as you knowrepparttar 135537 job you are going for, ask for details of what you will be measured against. Ask for a set of competencies. Ask for a job description. This sets you up to succeed, not just because you are better informed, but also because you have asked - which will impressrepparttar 135538 decision-makers, before you even get there!
  2. Get Creative Here isrepparttar 135539 time to use your own experiences to create 'stories' which you can use inrepparttar 135540 actual interview. These 'stories' are real scenarios that you have been a part of, which over a period of days and weeks beforehand, you write up. Maybe you will have 20+ initial ideas.
  3. Leverage! Takerepparttar 135541 very best scenarios and write them out, bullet points first. Then flesh them out, whilst referring carefully torepparttar 135542 competencies you've been given. It is amazing how you can 'tune-in' your scenario to include many, if not all ofrepparttar 135543 competencies. And if you can't fit them all in, there will be a use for them - later!
  4. Practice By reading through your scenarios (and by now you should not have more than six or seven) you will familiarise yourself withrepparttar 135544 contents, so well, that they will become second nature - even inrepparttar 135545 scary experience of an interview.
  5. Inrepparttar 135546 Interview There are some tactics in here too!

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