If you leave it to chance, a job interview can be a somewhat clumsy and imperfect way of adequately representing you and your stand-out talents. However with positive help, good technique and lots of practice you can quickly minimise any chance of understating yourself and move quickly from a job hopeful to a job winner.
In our day to day private work with individuals we quite often find that some very talented and experienced people significantly under-value and under-sell themselves, often without realising that they are doing so. Today’s recruitment market is very unforgiving if you cannot assert yourself and your distinctive value in the key messages that you transmit about yourself through every stage of a recruitment process.
Over the years Brosna has progressively evolved its specialist approach in coaching individuals to succeed at job or promotion interviews. Apart from the development of our own proprietary and highly bespoke coaching techniques designed to help individuals make impact at interview, we have extended our approach to embrace the latest on-line communications techniques and create a virtual coaching service that can provide instant support for individuals across the world with “just-in-time” interview preparation.
I would now be a very wealthy man indeed if I had gathered a pound for every time during the course of a career transition dialogue, when an individual is reflecting on their past decisions about some critical past point in their career, and they say “I wish I had .....” and then go on to complete the sentence with details of an unfulfilled aspiration.
Here comes the question “so tell me Tim, how would you describe your leadership style?”. You know (because you have done your interview preparation) that behind this general opener there will be more probing questions. “Give me an example of when you ....”, “How did you deal with any resistance to change?”
What is your unique distinctive leadership style? What is both the philosophy and practice of the way you “do” leadership and can you articulate this in a powerful simple way with lots of examples to back it up? If you can then you will stand out as a leadership candidate.
We often find that even the most successful people struggle to be clear and focused about telling their career stories in a compelling, impactful and relevant way. This becomes very apparent to us when under video playback conditions we role-play an upcoming job interview with a candidate.
The three most common states we observe in individuals in how well or otherwise they convey their career stories are:
We are in Dubai this week.. our Directors Tim Chapman and Brendan Colclough are visiting the region again to undertake important client work until 8th February. Contact us if you would like to meet during this period to discuss your particular needs.
In this blog we explore the meaning and importance of one particular word, an understanding of which is central to all primary recruitment activities, and particularly important if you are embarking upon a phase of major career transition. The magic word is “Competencies”
So what do we mean by competencies and why is an understanding of them so important to your job search?
The language we use to describe ourselves, our skills, our experiences and our achievements is absolutely critical to the impact and influence we have on others. And nowhere is this more important than when we are seeking a new role where both in writing via our CV/application form and verbally during interview stages, the words we use will make a critical impression on whoever is making the assessment for an advertised role.
In our experience in coaching individuals, this is the time of year when many people make some bold promises and big commitments to themselves about changing jobs or even attempting a complete career change. Sadly however what we also observe is that all too often there is a very rapid dilution of these fine intents as individuals become absorbed and swamped with all the competing back at work demands that a new year presents.
Here are the six main habits that differentiate between those who succeed in turning their New Year wishes into positive outcomes and those who consistently fail in this task.
The surprise to us often is that individuals simply don’t realise just how talented they are or, if they do, they often don’t quite know how to describe their distinct capabilities in an impactful way to others. When it comes to that pivotal moment to seek out a new career opportunity, it suddenly becomes vitally important to be able to project yourself in a compelling way.
We have our own Brosna top ten tips for those of you who might want to navigate your way through an important career or job change in 2019:
Your boss has become intolerable - you feel suffocated. You are repeating the same tasks over and over - nothing is new. We regularly hear stories about how unfulfilled people have become at work - but also how long they have put up with these unhappy scenarios. Inertia seems to set in preventing people from moving on and moving forward.
Well it simply doesn’t have to be like this. Why would you want to carry on wasting large parts of your waking life carrying on doing the same old unfulfilling stuff? So what to do to break out of your inertia?
We are in Dubai this week.. our Directors Tim Chapman and Brendan Colclough are visiting the region for the second time in six weeks to undertake important client work until 6th December. Contact us if you would like to meet during this period to discuss your particular needs.
We specialise in coaching and supporting executives, senior managers and skilled professionals who are in career transition - particularly international expatriates.