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InterviewThank you to Terry Wynne, one of our certified coaches, for this article.

Tomorrow is your big interview for the job you really want.  You are excited, scared, and apprehensive, and you already expect that you are going to be nervous. What can you do to calm your nerves?

Here are some practical tips:

1)      Instead of telling yourself you are nervous, tell yourself you are excited. Re-labeling your emotion can help you perceive your upcoming experience as fun instead of frightening.

2)      Apprehensive about a dry throat? Bring a bottle of water in your car with you and take several sips once you arrive at your interview site whether you are thirsty or not. (Leave the bottle of water in the car though.)

3)      While you are waiting on the interviewer, practice deep breathing. To calm your heart rate and steady your nerves.

4)      Take a lined writing pad in a portfolio with a pen to take notes during the interview. If you feel your hands wanting to shake with nerves or flail when you talk, gently grasp the portfolio in your lap. Think of your portfolio as a lap pacifier for your nerves.

5)      Instead of saying “umm-mm” or “well-ll-l,” practice taking a deep breath every time you start to speak. You will give more power and energy to your replies and sound much more polished.

6)      Once you are in front of your interviewer, if you are grasping your hands together to calm yourself, make yourself unfold your hands so that you don’t appear “up tight.”

7)      If you tend to bounce your foot, promise yourself not to cross your legs so bouncing is harder.

8)      Usually, your own apprehension far exceeds the actual experience.  Expect a positive experience, practice calming your nerves, and relax.  The interview will end, you will survive, and hopefully, you’ll be the one who gets the job offer!

Hallie Crawford and Terry Wynne
Certified Career Coaches

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Job InterviewDo you want to make sure you make a good impression at your next job interviewHere are some tips to make sure you’re an outstanding candidate:

  • At the beginning and the end of the interview give the interviewer a firm handshake while looking him or her directly in the eye. Say something to put the interviewer at ease such as “I’m pleased to meet you.  Your company must really be busy since the phones are ringing constantly in the receptionist’s area.”

Rationale:  First impressions are lasting ones and the interviewer isn’t expecting you to put him or her at ease and will be pleasantly surprised at the first impression you make.

  •  When asked if you have any questions, ask at least one question which shows interest in the company instead of your own benefits.  An example is, “How do you see the company progressing in the next five years?”

Rationale:  Interviewers appreciate it if you are as interested in the company as you are in the job for which you’re applying.

  • Ask for the business card of everyone who interviews you, and show your business letter writing skills by promptly word processing and mailing individualized letters thanking interviewers for their time.

Rationale:  A thank you letter is not only an opportunity to show gratitude for the interviewer’s time and information during your interview, but it’s also an opportunity to show off your business letter writing skills, and an opportunity to put your name in front of the interview again.  Don’t miss this valuable opportunity.

  • At the end of the interview, look the interviewer directly in the eye and while shaking his or her hand, say something memorable such as, “I hope you’ll consider me your most enthusiastic candidate.”

Rationale:  You want the interviewer to remember you, so make sure your last impression is as good as your first one.

Somebody is going to receive a job offer  with these tips, let’s hope that person is you!

Hallie Crawford
Career Coach

P.S. How do you know if your resume is good? Take this Resume Quiz to find out how to keep your resume out of the trash can.

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Check out my latest video as I discuss many possible reasons why you might not hear back about a job application. The truth is there’s no way to know for sure what the reason is. In this video I share four possible reasons why you’re not hearing back, and what you need to do differently!

Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach

Check out my latest video as I discuss how people are too hesitant to follow up after a job interview because they don’t want to be a pest. You have to remember that following up is part of the impression you make with an employer. You want the employers to know that you are a proactive, on the ball person who is interested in your job. Here are 4 ways to do it gracefully or professionally.

Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach

Watch my YouTube latest video as I share tips for job seekers that will help you through the interview process. Find out the 5 things you to need to know about a company before you interview with them to make a great impression.

Hallie Crawford
Job Search Coach

Identify Values

I was thrilled to get this email from a career coaching client, Tracy. I wanted to share it with you:

Hi Hallie,

I wanted to check in and let you know that I’m better than I have been in a long time.  The same day I resigned from my current job, I received a call to interview with another company.  Yesterday, I officially accepted an offer.  I am thrilled because I went in to the interviews with my defined personal values at the forefront, and I think it’s a great fit…


Tracy has already started her new position. Congrats Tracy! I wanted to point out what she said in this email. She went into the interview with her values at the forefront of her mind so she knew this new position would be a fit. Personal values are one of the key ways you can determine whether a job is a fit for you. Take these 3 steps to begin to identify your values:

1) Identify a peak personal experience in your life. Write about it. What was cool or important to you about this experience? What did you enjoy about it so much?

2) Notice the keywords you wrote down that stand out for you as possible values, and themes that you can see in your answers. These are clues to some of your values.

3) How does your current job align with those values? Which are present at your current job and which are not?

This can give you great insight into why your current position may not be a good fit for you. So when you’re interviewing for that next job, keep these values in mind! Write them down. Ask the interviewer specific questions that will help you know whether your values would be honored at that new position or not. These can help you develop great job interview questions too.

Good luck and I hope this is helpful to you!

Hallie Crawford
Career Search Coach

P.S. Are you frustrated with your job search? Check out our FREE REPORT: ”Take Control of Your Career Transition: Uncover Hidden Opportunities”.

Watch my latest YouTube video where I share some of the less obvious things people do that can ruin an interview. Are you guilty of any of these not so obvious blunders? We hear about interview tips all the time. One Hint: Being prepared is, knowing as much as you can about the company (including recent news and press), AND being willing to toot your own horn. Too many people are hesitant to sell themselves in the interview.

Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach

Networking ConnectionsI am very excited that my career coaching client, Justin, recently landed a job interview. He has a background in financial services, moved to Atlanta over a year ago from Boston to get a fresh start on his life and career. He’s looking to transition into a completely new industry, lobbying, politics and public relations. This interview was for a position in that field. Because this is a new field for him, it’s especially exciting that he got the job interview. He landed this interview through a networking contact.

Quick tip: Justin’s contact suggested that he should apply for this job. He did so and immediately let his networking connection know he had applied, so that person could call them and give them a heads up that he recommended Justin personally. Then, once Justin had not heard back from them about his application, he notified his contact. Then his networking contact made another call to check in on it for Justin. The interview was scheduled 2 days later.

Time and time again I learn that it really is about who you know. Part of this is you need to leverage your networking connections and keep them posted on your progress. Don’t just apply for the job and let it go. Ask them for additional help as needed. It can go a long way!

Hallie Crawford
Atlanta Career Coach

P.S. If you would like more help with your job search and networking, be sure to check out our Free Resources Page today!

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