Contacts and colleagues often enquire of me “Well what exactly is it that Brosna does?”
Well, simply put, we predominantly specialise in helping talented individuals to prepare themselves for career changing job interviews. We intensively coach individuals to make sure that they come across as competent, confident, personable and self-assured under the challenging pressures of interview.
It all starts and continues with defining a series of very well-formed outcomes. What are well-formed outcomes and how do they differ from more broadly based aspirations, wishes and positive intents? Here are some straightforward and important distinctions. to help you plan your next career move.
We are often asked “how do I know that the time is right for me to move on from my current job and/or organisation?”
Well of course we are all different and we all have our own unique and varied circumstances and preferences that will determine when we feel it is right to make a change.
However what we do observe is that there are often, only relatively, a few important questions to ask yourself that if answered honestly, will indicate strongly or not if it is time for you to Stay or Go
Being honest with yourself about past performance at interviews, so that you are best placed to really make a big difference at the next opportunity, can greatly increase the degree to which you are relaxed and self-assured when the moment of truth arrives.
Holding job candidates up to the “mirror” of the video camera and playback always increases the degree of honesty and self-awareness about how individuals see themselves anew at interview.
Paying conscious attention to, and being in control of all your behaviours during an interview process, might be the aspect that makes all the difference in you securing the targeted role ahead of other candidates.
So what do we mean by behaviours and how do you ensure that you take control of your behaviours so that you create the most positive impact on the interviewer?
Most people who are pursuing a new role normally have a strong professional competency - this is rarely in doubt. Most individuals don’t normally apply for jobs that are outside their range of professional capabilities.
However in many cases, they do find it difficult to express accurately just how their capabilities might match the job in front of them. Distilling what you are very good at and focusing it down on a number of highly relevant examples and powerful stories is often the toughest challenge for anyone at interview. So in coaching preparation sessions this is one of the elements that we work on most, i.e. how succinctly to get across what you are really good at and (most importantly) show how relevant this competency is to the advertised role.
Skillful interviewers who are very well prepared, will come to a job or promotion interview armed with a range of tough questions designed to get as much information as possible about you, your capabilities and behaviours.
Here is a small sample of the types of questions you might expect (and can therefore prepare for), with some suggested ways that you can turn these to your positive advantage in the interview.
How do you come across at interview? Do you ever get any feedback?
If you weren’t successful at your last job interview, how can you be sure that you will be better next time?
Job interviews can be some of the most critical moments of our working lives and it is the hardest thing to get feedback on the specifics of how you have done. Sure if you are successful at securing the role, then you can reasonably assume that you did most things right. But if you are unsuccessful you are often left speculating at why you didn’t get the job. Any feedback you might get may be generalised and unspecific.
Job interviewers come in many different shapes and sizes – and until you walk into the interview room you probably won’t know what style or approach is likely to confront you. We summarise some of the predominant interview styles you might face together with some suggested tips on how you might choose to respond.
If this summer you have been reflecting hard on your current career state and have concluded that you are really going nowhere in your current role and organisation, we would provide four pieces of advice:
So why are interviews the source of so much stress and what might we do about this to ensure that our anxiety doesn't trip us up, or damage our chances of success. Here are some of the most common reasons, along with the top 10 tips on managing interview anxiety from our Brosna coaches.