Thursday, September 22, 2016

Getting the Second Interview: It's Not Over Yet!

They like you! They really like you!

You landed that all important first interview. You carried and presented yourself and your skills to the best of your ability. 

They seemed to like you.

Now they want you back for another round. You may have to face a new person or persons, perhaps a panel, or even the dreaded Committee. 

This is not the time to let down your guard.

With that in mind, I share with you a great article from (Sept 21, 2016) on how to approach and present yourself in the next interview(s).

From the article: 

Getting a second interview means you’re perceived as having the right skills, but the company wants to get to know you better. They want to dig a little deeper into your background and also assess if you’d be a good fit culturally.

But this is also a perfect time for you to get to know them better as a potential employer and determine if they are the right fit for you.
How can you best prepare? Below, nine members of Coaches Council offer their professional advice...

Monday, September 19, 2016

Real Success: How to Become Luckier Than You Ever Thought Possible - And Fast, Too

Image result for good luck free clip art

By Richard Kent Matthews

Your "luck", whether good or bad, depends almost completely upon your view of the world. Disappointed? Don't be. This truth is the beginning of a whole new experience for you.

I used to think that "luck" was a chance-y thing, that it happened or didn't happen totally by accident, randomly. I was wrong. Still, when I first discovered the five 'realities' you're about to discover, I was skeptical. That is, until I put them to work. 

That's the key. Put these five secrets to work for you and your luck/reality can change almost in an instant. Ready? Here goes...(Oh, one thing... Keep an open mind here. This is not some woo woo parlor trick. This process--or system if you want to call it that--works. Read the list, let it register with you, and you'll understand why

1. Act lucky. That's right. Act. "What do you mean by that, Richard? Act?" Yes. Here's how you do it. If you had everything you wanted right now, how would you act? Get that picture clearly in your mind. Start acting like that. No excuses. I know the BMW isn't in the driveway yet, but so what? Act like it is anyway. 

In reality, this is more about mindset. How would you be in your mind, in your emotions, if what you wanted was already in your life? Answer that, act on it. Make it a game. Something to ponder here: If you cannot see yourself in the picture, how can you expect to show up in it? Act like you're in it already. Soon, there you'll be--smack in the middle of it.

2. Open your life, your mind, and your heart to receive. If you continually complain that you don't have what you want, your life is miserable, you just can't catch a break, then you're not open to receiving what you say you want. Open up to the possibility that your desire, your dream, wants you as much as you want it. No more feeling sorry for yourself. Self-pity is a big block to receiving your good, perhaps even the biggest block.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

You Can Become THE Expert in Your Field: Five Simple and Powerful Steps That Can Change Your Life

How to be the Expert

Jim Rohn, author and personal development trainer for more than 40 years, said, "If you read one book every month about your industry, in 10 years you'll have read 120 books. That will put you in the top one percent of your field." He's right, of course, but you can become the expert much faster than 10 years. Here's how...
  • Select the top five current books in your field and read them each twice. Take notes. Research any references and resources listed at the back of each book. Examine any suggested websites or blogs. This should take about six months, if you're diligent.

  • Then, read each new book that comes out in your field for the next year. You'll have lots to choose from. Just go to or to the Barnes and Noble site, get on their mailing list for your topic, and then read their recommended titles. (Actually, even once you become the expert, continue reading all new materials in your field.)

  • Begin visualizing yourself as the expert, the one to whom everyone turns for advice, for leadership, for inspiration. This step is key. If you can't see yourself as the expert, no one else will either. You can begin this particular practice right now.

  • Create a journal to keep track of your progress. Write questions and answer them from your readings. You'll look back on this effort later to chart your evolution.

Monday, September 12, 2016

How to Answer the REAL Interview Questions...and Get the Job

By Richard Kent Matthews, Career Coach

Getting ready for that interview? How are you spending your time? Wisely, I hope...

Image result for interviews free clip art

"Learning how to get just a little better at job interviews is one of the best-value things you can do for yourself, pound for pound and minute for minute." James Reed, executive recruiter

In his book 101 Job Interview Questions You'll Never Fear Again,* James Reed suggests not only the questions, but the REAL question beneath the question. And how to answer it without looking foolish.

Sound odd? 

When you are called in for an interview, there is a series of questions your prospective employer will most likely ask. But they can be deceptive. (Even the employer may not realize just how deceptive those questions can be.)

The motive of the employer is always about his/her/their own needs, not yours. They are looking for specific answers not only to the question at hand; they expect you to somehow see beneath the surface to their actually concerns. Can you do that? Maybe not 100% of the time, but Reed says you stand a good chance if you can ascertain even a fair number of those real questions and answer them the way the employer hopes you will. 

In most cases, it will put you way ahead of any competition.

Here are a few examples of questions and the real questions hiding underneath them: