How to convince and appear authentic in job interviews
Our outplacement coach and the client met for the session "job interview". The coach observed that it was extremely difficult for the client to give convincing answers to his questions. Suitable statements about his person (strengths, weaknesses, achievements, core competencies, behavioral questions, etc.) were particularly difficult for him.
Our consultant now focused on preparing him to answer the questions that are usually asked in a job interview convincingly and fluently.
In the next consultation the client could reproduce the answers, but his explanations were not fluent and convincing. It was not his linguistic ability to express himself, but rather that he found it difficult to talk about himself. In addition the client had tried to memorize his skills and to reproduce them as precisely as possible, which did not come across authentic. After advising him not to memorize whole statements but to just tag the keywords and learn them. In the following consultation he was able to answer more fluently, but his remarks seemed rather stiff and artificial. The consultant advised him to give the answers to a "virtual friend" to be more relaxed. The profound awareness of his abilities did strengthen his self-confidence and helped him to present himself and his abilities convincingly.
He wrote only a single application. In his very first job interview he persuaded the hiring person of himself. The company offered him the job and he is still a happy employee there today.
With a single application for success - is that possible?
A client who has been working for 25 years in a company, asked ERIKSSON & ASSOCIATES for assistance with the preparation of his application documents and with the presentation of his person. After reviewing his CV, it quickly became clear that the development of the application process had largely left him unscathed over the years. Furthermore, in the first meetings it became clear that he was barely able to name his skills and abilities and present them safely. So it was the consultant's job to give him intensive support in updating his documents as well as to work out his talents and make him aware of them. It was also necessary prepare him for job interviews.
In well-prepared training sessions he was purposefully guided through all application process steps. At the same time, the coach worked with him to develop his skills, abilities, talents and special strengths. Furthermore, the consultant set high priority to filter out the core competence of the coachee and to formulate it well. His large network of contacts would probably be very important for him. So the target of next sessions was how to activate and effectively deal with his social network.
After all his documents had been updated and the training in job interview role plays were intensively practiced, the active search began.
After a relatively short time, a job interview was actually conducted through his personal contact network in a company that belonged to his dream firms. The HR Manager attested his significant application documents. However, the biggest challenge for him was the job interview, which he mastered with flying colors. He was offered a contract of employment and then thanked his consultant for his purposeful advice and expertise. It is certainly worth mentioning that he wrote only one application.
Client wanted to work in two countries – a realistic option?
A HR - manager has an apartment in Germany, but is married to a Croat who owns a house with holiday apartments in Croatia. The main season is of course over the summer months. For this reason, it was an important prerequisite for her to be in Croatia for three to four months and, if possible, to work from there.
According to her wishes, an employment was quickly excluded. Her personality profile, which our coach thoroughly analysed, did not speak for a sole independence. For a franchise system, however, she had it good preconditions. Thus, after creating the requirement profile, both began to search for a suitable franchise system in which she could optimally use her abilities and satisfy her needs. As she had a large network of contacts, the ERIKSSON & ASSOCIATES consultant paid special attention to this through an intensive training.
By participating in several network meetings she was relatively quickly offered a franchise system in which she could use her talents. The big advantage of this system was that it has a branch near her place of residence in Croatia. Through the consultant's active support in contract negotiations, both parties quickly agreed and signed the franchise agreement. Of course, the consultant supported her in all preparatory activities for her professional independence.
Today she can live the way she has always imagined and was more than grateful. She still cannot believe that such a difficult wish could be fulfilled.