Frequently Asked Questions
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Where do I start when setting my career goals?
Assess your interests, skills, talents and passions. An honest, in-depth look at what makes you (or would make you) jump out of bed each and every workday, including Monday mornings!
How do I do this?
There are many career assessments available. Check out my “Resources” page. I have suggested some of the best links for you to explore. I will work with you to review the results of the assessment you chose and will guide you as you move your results into a plan of action.
How do I find out if what I think I may want to do, is really going to be for me?
Start now. Ask people who are doing what you want to do, how they got started? What did they do when they entered the specific field? Industry? Company? Agency? Business? Job? What do they suggest to help you find out more about the specific work you think you may love to do? Can you get real world exposure to what you think you may want to do? Who can they refer you to contact personally?
Any special advice for me, once I have set me goals and know it is really what I want to do?
There is a very famous expression, I will simplify it even more: Do it! Do not quit your day job right away. Ease into your new found work of passion and talent. Do some part –time, contract, consulting, research or volunteer work to get exposure in your new work life.
How will this provide me with a new full time work opportunity?
This will serve a two –fold purpose. You will really see what the work is like and you are setting yourself up to move into it full time, when the timing is right for you. You will be amazed at how talent, passion, strong interpersonal skills and relationship management skills are recognized. Eventually, your hard work and the proper timing will result in an opportunity for you to consider. The most important step is for you to commit to yourself that you do want to do what you love instead of not being satisfied with your current work life.
What can you do for interview anxiety?
Prepare, prepare and prepare more. Familiarize yourself with the job posting/description of the job you have applied for. Ask everyone that has ever done the job, interviewed for the job, managed the job or knows of anyone in the job, what it takes to get the job done.
What else can I do to prepare myself for the interview?
Become thoroughly familiar with the detailed requirements of the job. Structured behavioral questions are the most common mode of interview. Be ready to cite tangible examples from your past work experience to illustrate your ability to perform the job.
Questions like this are the reason I wrote Tap Your Interview Talent. It offers specific guidance on how to answer interview questions, as well as insights about why the interviewer is asking the question. Just click on the Products tab to learn more.
What should I know about the organization that is interviewing me?
Everything you can possibly learn about the organization before you go in for your interview. Research the financials, the company/business/ agency history. Read the press releases on their website and in relevant periodicals and publications. Find out about the vision, mission and management philosophy. Know what is going on in the industry in general. You cannot be “over informed”.
What questions do I ask when the interviewer says: ”What questions do you have for me?”
Arrive at the interview with a prepared list of questions. If they are addressed during the interview then you won’t need to ask them, but if they are not, you will have them ready to ask them at the end.
A few examples:
Describe a typical workday for this position.
What do you consider the biggest challenge in this position right now?
Why is this position currently available?
What are some of the special initiatives that are currently being worked on in this department?
What would you consider to be your management style?
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