April 27, 2009

Scared? Nervous? All interviewees are!

Posted in Interview Tips tagged , , , , , at 9:58 am by jannyf

Everyone has been in the ‘hot seat’ – from entry level to executives – we’ve all had to interview, and we are all nervous and/or scared.  It’s a natural reaction, so you need to recognize that fact.  So, what can you do about your nerves?  Try some of these tips:

  • Recognize that it’s OK to be nervous.  As an interviewer, I expect candidates to be nervous, and part of my job is to put the interviewee at ease.  However, if you recognize and accept that fact that you are nervous, you become more in control of your feelings, and you will feel more confident.
  • What’s the worst thing that can happen?   The worst thing that can happen is you don’t get the job.  It can be devastating – if you let it be.  No one wants to be rejected – it can hurt.  It’s a natural human instinct to want acceptance from others.  From my perspective as an interviewer, I absolutely did not like calling applicants to tell them they did not receive the job.  It’s a hard thing to say to someone.  BUT – what can you do about it?  Look at it as a learning opportunity.  It’s OK to ask the interviewer for feedback.  Take this feedback and apply it to your next interview.
  • Face the fear.  Take a little time to figure out what it is that is making you scared or nervous.   Write it out and then find a solution to the fear.  Remember, an interview is about you.  Interviewers want to hear about your skills, abilities and knowledge. 

I hope some of these tips will make you start to feel more in control of your emotions and help you move toward confidence in the job interview!

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April 22, 2009

Community Update

Posted in Community Outreach tagged , , , , at 11:23 am by jannyf

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of accompanying Jamie Chapogas to the Teen Center in Indiantown, FL.  Jamie and I spoke on the job search process with 13 teenage young ladies.

Jamie touched on her career background and the choices she made, dressing for success, keeping a job and the importance of an education – whether college or vocational school.

Jan discussed the interview process – from what to do before applying to after the interview and follow-up.  The session was interactive and the girls had great questions.

Thanks for Susan Cornett for inviting us out to the center and to the young ladies who made us feel welcome and participated in the event.

April 13, 2009

What does an interview coach do?

Posted in coaching tagged , , , , at 10:52 am by jannyf

Don't lie on your resume!

Don't lie on your resume!

You are probably wondering what I do as an interview coach.  I’ll try to give you the reader’s digest version here, and you can always contact me for additional information.

Let’s face it – interviewing isn’t something learned in high school or college.  Sure, there may be a seminar or a guest speaker that will give you pointers or a teacher may attempt to relay some skills that they think you may find helpful.  But it truly takes practice and feedback.   What I do is different.  The coaching is geared towards you and for you.

In a one hour session, I will interview you for the type of position you are looking for.  I ask hard questions – questions that make you think about your skills and how they relate to the job you are interviewing for.  We will spend about 30 minutes on questions.  We then spend the remainder of the time evaluating your answers.  Where are you strong, where are you weak, your communication style, how you portray yourself.  I want you to get the job you are applying for!  I am here for you – to encourage you and to help you.

Contact me at urinterviewcoach@yahoo.com for more information!  I look forward to working with you in the near future.

April 9, 2009

What will you find on the blog?

Posted in About Your Interview Coach tagged , at 6:03 am by jannyf

My intention for this blog is to help you with your career search.  As mentioned in the About Me page (see sidebar), my passion is recruitment and selection.  I will post articles about interviewing, sharing best and worst stories with readers, techniques to try, what NOT to do, etc.

Very soon you will find a ‘Tip’ page on the sidebar, which will continually evolve as both you and I share tips with each other.

I want this to become a very interactive blog.  I believe we can all learn from each other, and in this job market, we need to support and help each other.  I encourage comments and dialogue – let’s get started!

April 2, 2009

Welcome!

Posted in About Your Interview Coach tagged at 5:56 am by jannyf

Hi and welcome to Your Interview Coach – a new business that is set to launch across the Treasure Coast in Florida.  I am happy you found the blog, and I hope you will bookmark this site to stay in tune.  Your Interview Coach is run by me, Jan Foselli,and I am a 15 year veteran in Human Resources.  Please read a little bit more about me in the ‘About Me’ sidebar.

My hope is to provide you with some tools to ‘give you a leg up’ on the competition in the job market.  While I conduct one-on-one interview coaching for a small fee, the purpose of the blog is to provide you with some hints and techniques on a weekly basis. I will also share other information pertaining to preparation of the interview, questions to ask the employer and other employment tips.

I like interaction, so please feel free to leave comments and questions that I can respond to on this blog.  As my business moves forward, Iwill share information on how to contact me for an appointment.  By the way, I love referrals and I will share my referral program with you in upcoming posts.

Thank you for reading this blog, bookmarking me, and letting me assist you in landing the job!

– Jan

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