People leave their jobs for many reasons and, regardless of why, they all share a few things in common. Individuals in career transition face uncertainty and challenging circumstances that impact their personal, financial and professional life. These challenges hold true whether you are a CEO and or an administrative staff person. Here are a few of the questions we often hear from clients in transition.
We are constantly bombarded with advice on how to be a better manager or leader. Expert opinions abound; thousands of books, articles, blogs, and TED Talks have been dedicated to management and leadership, and the terms are often used interchangeably. The job market routinely showcases management positions that require the incumbent to lead a group or department.
Maybe you saw it coming, or perhaps it came as a complete surprise – either way, losing your job is tough. For many, it can be a pivotal moment in the trajectory of their life. Will you choose to change your career path or seek a similar role to the one you are leaving? How will you avoid compromising your career goals in the face of financial concerns and the inclination to get back to work quickly?
The Role of Psychometric Assessment in the Selection Process.
So, you`ve thrown your hat in the ring and applied for a new job. You`ve written a captivating cover letter and submitted your polished resume. You have your references lined up and primed. And then you have a screening interview which you nail. And now, the recruiter has asked you to complete a psychometric assessment. Why? What can an assessment possibly tell anyone about you that your cover letter, resume, interview, and references cannot?
Not to sound pessimistic, but sooner or later, almost everyone has to deal with the implications of being downsized. How people deal with it is as different as night and day. I’ve seen a wide and varied range of emotions and responses from those who experience job loss. How you deal with it can determine how quickly you turn-around and your ability to capture opportunities in front of you.
Finding out you didn’t get the job when you had every qualification listed on the job description and you thought you aced the interview can be baffling and incredibly frustrating. No matter how strongly you feel, the way you react could make or break your chances of getting the offer in the future. Here are three things to keep in mind after getting that call:
Don’t take it personally
Panel style interviews are common for first interviews in the public and not for profit sectors. In a panel style interview, a group of three or more panel members will ask a candidate pre-set questions and will often ‘score’ the responses to allow them to compare candidates as part of making a selection decision.
Seems I have been repeating myself. I hear myself say to my clients, “but if you don’t tell the potential employer about all the great things you accomplished in your last role – how will they know how amazing you are? Should they guess? Or assume?” They won’t.
Sometimes your résumé is your first impression. You may have perfected your interview skills, be passionate about the job and have some great experience to offer a company but, if you can’t successfully articulate that in your résumé and cover letter, you may knock yourself out of the race before it even gets going. When it comes to applying for a job your résumé can really help you…or it can really hurt you.
Here are some tips to consider:
I was thinking the other day just how many interviews have I conducted? I've been doing this for 11 years and I probably on average interview four people a day, so based on 250 working days/year that's roughly 11,000 interviews! Other than feeling rather old all of a sudden, I feel somewhat equipped to comment on what makes a good interview since I've seen many good (and many not so good) over the years. Here are a few suggestions…