Want to Win at Interviewing? Make Sure You Have the Right Recipe!
Getting a job today is the result of serious, skillful planning and investigation, top-notch preparation, and bucket loads of confidence. If this overwhelms you, it should. Quite simply, your future is not something to take for granted. As an Interview Coach, I’ve dealt with professionals and students at every point in their career paths, and I understand that it’s never stress free when you’re looking for your next best opportunity.
At its core, there are simple pieces to this complicated puzzle of building a career. They are the ingredients you will need to be ready for any job interview, at any point in your professional development. Helping you to have those ingredients ready and at your fingertips is why I wrote my book, Job Interview Skills 101.
What do you need to have ready before you pick out your clothing or shine your shoes? Here’s a brief checklist to consider before you walk out the door. For most of these you will want to refer to my book, Job Interview Skills 101. *And remember, a few sessions with an Interview Coach can make a lifetime of difference! Here’s your checklist:
A Well-prepared resume
Your “30-second commercial”
Complete and thorough knowledge of your experiences
Seven stories / experiences that you know thoroughly
Solid knowledge of your strengths and weaknesses
The job description
A portfolio or examples of work you have done
A writing sample
A word of caution: Remember to keep confidentiality at the forefront of anything you consider providing. If your work samples contain financial information or competitive information, or even the name of a company, these should be removed from all of your examples. If necessary, you can explain that you removed them because you wanted to honor the confidentiality of that company.
Ellyn Small Enisman, LCSW, Certified Coach
Author of the highly acclaimed book, “Job Interview Skills 101”
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