Interview Coaching

Conan O'Brien Gives Dang Good Career Advice

Conan O’Brien is well suited to offer career advice. Although lauded, he has borne his share of travails. This reminds me of a quote by Hubstaff leader, Jared Brown, “A former manager of mine noticed that I was doing good work but that I wasn’t being public about my own success. He said that I had to self-promote in order to get credit—and once it sunk in, I realized it was excellent advice. I have to make my own case as an awesome team member and show the milestones I’ve achieved.

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A career also begins with improving yourself. Deep diving and asking hard questions. To start being honest with yourself, ask yourself these questions:

  • How many times did I hit snooze on my alarm clock today?

  • How many cups of coffee did it take me to get going?

  • During my day, how often did I think about doing something else?

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People often assume work should be a slog. Everyone has trouble waking up. Everyone needs coffee to get going. Everyone imagines being on vacation while they work.

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People who are living the life they want wake up pumped and excited to dive into their day. They don’t need a liter of coffee to get going in the morning and don’t spend their days fantasizing about being somewhere else. 

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14 Motivating Success Quotes

Many of our problems whether in business, relationships or daily life spring from clinging to the past. By enjoying the discomfort of change, we open ourselves up to see things from a new perspective, and to be happier while doing it. Remember the subtle advice of George Santayana who said, “To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.” 

10 Job Interview Best Practices to Land Your Dream Job

You can do anything if you put your mind to it. Jim Woods

You can do anything if you put your mind to it. Jim Woods

Interviewing can have a significant affect on people. Some excel while others disintegrate under the pressure. The interview is such a key component to you and the prospective employer. Despite the fact that each interview and interviewer are quite distinct, there are interview techniques you can employ to help make the most of the meeting. This is the time to accentuate your job interview strengths.

When the interviewer say, “Tell me something about yourself that would be a surprise to others,” maintain a professional posture through the questioning. 

Put together three examples that relate to your key competencies and the way you want to present yourself. Rehearse those answers and be armed to address the questions naturally in interviews, reviews or additional business occasions.

Use the superstar technique to get your point across.

Provide an explanation of how you successfully completed a task. Describe the undertaking. What were the steps you took?  How this can help the prospective employer. Speak to the solution. Keep on in this format and your solutions will be unblemished and concise in your reply to the questions.

Don’t be afraid to admit you don’t know something.

Transition to a high-quality response with a very positive spin. The situation may have been simply you not knowing the system well enough. Don’t mention office politics. All companies have them. However, despite this you quickly learned to achieve the expected results. Then explain positively, without strain, how you asked the appropriate questions to your supervisor. You applied the suggestions and worked hard leading to a new development or perhaps team success. In any case use this as an opportunity to explain the way you learn. The complexity of the task changed, however you picked it up quickly.

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Prepare thoughts on your weaknesses. Be comfortable speaking of how they make you an exemplary employee

Avoid sharing a personal trait as a weakness as these are tough to un-learn. Keep the conversation professional by mentioning a skill that was not in the job description that in retrospect you earnestly wish you had spent more time on. Suitable examples of weaknesses might be:

  1. Loss of foreign language skills
  2. Software
  3. Certifications
  4. Speak on how you are addressing these deficiencies now and in the future.  

Dual Interview process

It is imperative to remember you are not the only one being interviewed. Listen for cues from the interviewer on how they deal with employee challenges. Make an effort to see if this prospective organization is the correct fit for you by you adding to the two-way engagement process by asking the right questions and searching for red flags.

Don’t be afraid to ask the company representative questions that delve in to their behavior with employees and customers. This shows interest and sets you apart from other prospects. It also signals you want a career more than job and you are supremely confident in your marketability. Sit up straight. Think before you speak.

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Be nice, no matter what the issue

The interview isn't the arena to criticize your boss, current or former employers. You take responsibility. Succinctly say what you have learned from your previous positions that can make you a top performing contributor day one. 

Be confident regardless of the outcome. You are in control. Job interview skills is a modern day modicum for the successful and those still climbing the success tree. 

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About Jim Woods

Jim Woods is President and Co-founder of Woods Kovalova Group located in Denver CO and Kiev, Ukraine. A world leader in consulting and training, enabling individuals and organizations to achieve results that require lasting changes in human behavior. Jim has served on numerous boards and is the author of two leadership books. He is a former fifth grade teacher and university professor with an impressive resume. Mr. Woods is beloved by audiences. Connect with him on TwitterFacebook, and Linkedin. Hire Jim to improve your performance. Click here.