How can you stand out when you are interviewed by or as part of a group?

There are two types of interviews that could frighten even the most experienced job seeker: The Panel interview AND the Group interview.

By a Panel interview, I mean that you are being interviewed by more than one hiring manager at the same time. There are several things that you can do to be effective at a Panel interview:

  1. Make eye contact with each person who is interviewing you throughout the interview.
  2. Do not interrupt any of the people who are interviewing you.
  3. Do your research on each individual who will be part of the panel and direct specific answers to that person based on their background.

In order to be effective at a Group interview, where you are being considered along with several other applicants at the same time, it is important to stand out from the crowd. 

The top 5 ways that you can stand out from the crowd in a group interview include:

  1. Have strong talking points. Don’t waste your words. When time is precious, like it is in a group interview, it is important to have everything you say make an impact. Always have a minimum of 3-5 talking points prepared that include evidence of where you have increased Productivity, Efficiency and/or Performance in the past (show them your PEP!).
  2. Wear a bold color. Jewel tones are ideal (royal blue, kelly green, red etc…only do this for a group interview! Normally I recommend more subdued colors), but stay away from patterns or loud jewelry. Standing out is important, but you do not want to stand out in a negative way.
  3. Again, never interrupt! Do not interrupt your interviewer or your other interviewees. It all comes down to respect. Absolutely chime in when a discussion begins and add your two cents (tie in your talking points), but under no circumstances should you interrupt others in the group.
  4. Do your research/be knowledgeable! One of the main reasons that people do not get hired is because they have not done their due diligence. If you know more than your counter parts who are being interviewed, you will have more opportunities to speak and share your knowledge with the group. Make yourself stand out by being the expert in the group. Be confident, not cocky!
  5. Don’t forget to ask questions and follow up immediately after the interview. I think it is always wise to send an email thank you immediately after the interview AND to send a hand written thank you note the following day.

How can a daily declaration get you hired?

You have probably heard me mention in my prior blogs the terms “Daily Declaration (DD)” and “Statement of Intent (SOI).” These terms may be something entirely new to you or you could have heard of something similar in books such as “The Secret” and “Think and Grow Rich” (both of which I highly recommend!). 

The concepts of a DD and SOI are something that I created several years ago. The first time I used my DD and SOI was when I wanted to make over $100,000 a year. I was a junior recruiter and was in my early 20’s. At the time $100,000 seemed like an insurmountable amount of money to make. I could not have fathomed making that much money in three years, let alone one year. At that point, I had taken a lot of knowledge from books that I had mentioned earlier, as well as a class that I had taken called Landmark Education and combined them to come up with the ideas of a Statement of Intent and Daily Declaration.
The first year I created my SOI it was solely focused on money, however, I have since expanded my SOI to create a wide variety of things, including booking television shows, creating a successful business and much more.  The key components to creating an effective SOI are “WHAT,” ie. what you want to accomplish, “WHEN,” by when you want to accomplish it and most importantly, you must be SPECIFIC! Statements of intent that are not specific will get you no where fast (ex. I want a great job). It is also important to only use the affirmative and empowering language that I mentioned in a prior blog. You need to take “hope” out of it, and replace words like “hope” and “try” with words such as “create” and “intend.”
An example of what your statement of intent could look like would be something like this:
“By December 31st 2013 (WHEN-typically I recommend picking a date 3 months to one year out so that you have enough time to retrain your brain and accomplish what you intend) I am creating that I will have a position paying me $60,000 or more (always add or more when speaking about money or things you are looking for an abundance of) that is within 10 miles of my house and where I get to work in an environment where I look forward to going to work every day (YES! Do be that specific…it goes back to that old adage, be careful what you wish for because you might just get it!).”
Once you have your SOI written out, keep it somewhere it is easy to get to so that you can declare it out lout a minimum of once a day, ideally 2-3 times a day (you can keep it next to your bed, in your bathroom and/or on your iPhone). The reason it is important to declare your SOI daily is that your brain and subconscious will sabotage you at first and hold you back from getting what you want. Once you begin declaring your SOI out loud every day, you will begin to notice that you will take actions in line with your SOI and it will also help re-train your brain to be in line with your new goals.
Many people will write out a goal or intention, but few will take the time to declare it. What I am suggesting is not something new or even innovative. These concepts have been around for thousands of years and these same concepts are what have made successful men and women around the world able to achiever their highest goals, financial and otherwise.  The concept of the SOI And the DD are just my way of saying it. Over the past 10 years, I have taught thousands of people to be effective using these easy methods. Even if you don’t believe me, try it! What is the worst that could happen? You might actually wind up with the results you want and have to confront your own power and success? At the end of the day, we are the only ones responsible for our lives and our futures (the good and the bad). Once you take ownership of how your life turns out, you will never again be a victim of your circumstances and can begin to create the life that you have always dreamed was possible.

The Top 5 Ways to Transition Your Career

I have been asked to speak on several television shows lately about how one should find a new job when they are looking to transition their careers. I have come up with a list a of the Top 5 things that you need to do if you are looking to make a career change:

1) Figure out WHAT you want to do next by meeting with a Career Coach, taking career assessments/personality tests and/or doing your own research online. 
2) Next REVISE your resume to reflect any transferrable skills that you have from your previous field that can apply to the field that you are looking to transition into (functional format resumes can be very helpful for accomplishing this task).
3) REINVENT yourself by taking whatever classes, certifications, tutorials and/or training that may be required or necessary in the chosen field that you want to get into.
4) NETWORK your way into your next position. Join different associations and groups that are in your new desired field and get out there and network. Don’t forget to connect with people using social media at networking events as well!
5) CREATE a “statement of intent” and a “daily declaration.” Your statement of intent will include “by when” you will find your new ideal job, “what” that new job will look like (this includes salary and title) and other specifics related to your new career. You will then declare that statement (which should be 2-5 sentences long), out loud every day at least once, ideally twice, with vim and vigor. This is what will retrain your brain to believe that you can accomplish what you are intending in your statement. Some people even keep their statement of intent on their phone or next to their bed so that they can look at it if they are feeling down or like they cannot accomplish what they have committed to.
If you do these five things, you will be on your way to transitioning into your ideal career.