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Three Powerful Interviewing Tips

Written by Melissa D. Cope on Thursday, 20 March 2014. Posted in Main Blogroll Page, How to Make a Career Change

If I had to guess, I would say that after public speaking and death, going on a job interview would come in a close third on the things-people-most-want-to-avoid list. Tip #1 was given to me during my senior year when I attended an alumnae panel on job interviewing and because of it, I have gone into every interview in my life with little or no stress. Tip #2 is well-know and critical, but often neglected. And Tip #3 is the foundation of avoiding job hell and finding career bliss.


Interviewing Can Be Enjoyable!

ONE - Shift Your Mindset! A job interview is always a two way street. The Company is not just interviewing you, you are also interviewing the Company. Prior to the first interview, there is so much unknown information (salary, benefits etc.), how can you possibly know if you even want the job? It may not be the right place for you! Walk in with the intention of getting to know the people and the job requirements and know you have the power to say “no thank you,” to the Company, even if they DO offer you the job. Believe that if they do not offer you the job, that it wasn’t a good fit for either party and that the right position for you is still out there - you just haven’t found it yet.

TWO - Do Your Homework! Know your skills as they relate to what the Company needs. The job description or advertisement may be lengthy and give you a lot to work with. If not, you will need to get information elsewhere about the Company and the open position and be prepared to relate your prior experience and who you are (see below) to what they seek.

THREE - Know Who You Are! People are happiest and most productive when their Values align with their job duties and the Company’s Values. What is truly important to you – personally and in a work environment? Good communication? Time with your family? Learning? Environmentally friendly policies like recycling? Having an office with a door rather than a cubicle? Creativity? Make a list of 30 things that are very important to you – think about life and work. Now pick your Top 5. Each time you go to an interview trumpet your Values that match Company needs, and keep them in mind when you ask questions about job duties, policies and benefits. When you are offered a position, check-in with your Values List. Your list may uncover that you are better suited to working for yourself than for an employer. It may tell you that bringing in a steady paycheck (Value-financial security) is of the utmost importance and therefore any good paying job is the right fit, right now.

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About the Author

Melissa D. Cope

Melissa D. Cope

Melissa holds a B.A. in Psychology from Mt. Holyoke College, graduated from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy, and trained at the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). She currently lives in Asheville, NC.

Business Coaching is an expression of Melissa's passion to share the pitfalls and strategies she learned while starting up two small businesses. Her ultimate goal is to help you conquer fear, worry and overwhelm so that you can have more clarity, flow and income in your business.

As your Business Coach, Melissa puts to work her extensive training with iPEC - one of the premiere coach training institutions in the U.S. Focused on solopreneurs and small business coaching, she teaches you how to tap into your unique strengths and gifts so that at the end of the day you feel more energized and fulfilled!



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