I Got the Interview

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I recently went and interviewed with a local Denton orthodontics specialist.  I heard that they were looking for an assistant through a friend of mine, whose daughter had been a client of theirs.  In talking to this friend and her daughter, I was so impressed with this office and how they treated her as a patient.  They were all about the client and her desires for her “smile”.  They did not just start by telling her what she needed, but asked her what was important TO her before going into their recommendations.  This impressed me because I had previously worked for a place where they were more concerned about the money and how many clients they could have come through their door.

I called and see if they were still hiring, and fortunately, they were.  They emailed me an application immediately upon hanging up and set an interview for the next business day. The application was a pretty typical one and I filled out the form and did some research of their office online and found they had another location in Krum.

The day of the interview, I made sure I ate a good breakfast.  I did not want my stomach to be growling mid interview because that would be embarrassing.  I also wanted to be sure that my brain was sharp for answering questions.  I dressed in crisp business attire and made sure I was well groomed.  I was set and headed out the door.

Upon my arrival to the dental office in Denton, I was very impressed with how beautiful the waiting room was decorated.  It was more like a nice home and not like a doctor’s office.  They even had Christian music playing which told me a lot about the orthodontist.    There were a few people in the waiting room still.  My interview was supposed to be during their lunch time because they closed the office during that time to insure everyone who worked there got to eat which was another thing that stood out to me on the positive side.

I was greeted by a very nice receptionist who let me know that she would inform the orthodontist that I was there.  By the way, I made sure to arrive early.  I would not want to arrive late and make a bad impression.  She told me I was welcome to sit in the waiting room until they were able to call me back.

I was only sitting there less than 10 minutes before being called back to his office where I was greeted by the doctor and another staff member.  I was very impressed by their professional demeanor.  During the interview, they made me feel very comfortable in spite of my nervousness.  I was asked about my past work experience and why I left that job.  I informed them of my training and what I hoped to learn from him and his office should I be hired.  He asked me what my strengths and weaknesses were in my opinion.  The interview was about 30 minutes long and I left feeling very good about what I said and very good about the possibility of working with them.

I was called later on that afternoon and offered the job.  I was so excited and turned in my two week notice immediately at my current job.  I do believe that my being prepared before going, helped me to get that job.  That is my encouragement to you anytime you go for a job interview.  Be prepared.

Here are my suggestions for being prepared: 1) Make sure you have at least two copies of your resume in hand, on clean, crisp paper to hand to your future employer, even if you have already given them one.  2) Whether you go in to the office or call on the phone to their office, ALWAYS use your best manners and speak clearly.  3) The day of the interview, eat a good breakfast or lunch or snack before your interview. No one wants to hear your stomach and food helps your brain.  4) Dress appropriately for the job you are interviewing for.  No wrinkled clothes and not messy hair. You need to be well groomed, and no perfume or cologne.    5) Be yourself!

Conducting a Job Interview Effectively

While many job hunters may feel like the pressure is all on them, most people do not realize that it also impose the same pressure as they are responsible for the success of the discussion. Interviewers should always know how to ask the right questions and how to deliver them properly. This will help them increase their chances of finding and choosing the right candidate for the job. So, to point you to the right direction, follow these steps when conducting an interview:

Prepare by conducting a job analysis

You should always conduct a job analysis reviewed by a subject matter expert to generate a particular list of the most important aspects of the job. This will help you weigh the value of each task and responsibility to assess the potential candidates. This will not only make the discussion more relevant to the job, but your applicants may also feel positive about the interview.

Prepare questions in advance

Develop a helpful format in which all job applicants are asked the same specific questions. This will ensure that the information given from candidates is relevant and comprehensive. Following the method will also prevent jumping to irrelevant content. So make sure to ask uniform questions so you can easily compare their answers and deliberate fairly.

Prepare to be flexible

You should be versatile with your techniques and how you address the situation. For example, when you ask a pre-develop question, and your candidate cannot provide enough information, this could turn into a disaster. You should never move to the next question without leaving room for follow-up questions. This will not help you get enough information from your applicant.

Ensure the interview is not too short or too long

As much as possible, give all the candidates the same opportunity to answer the same question without rushing them. Try to limit the number of interview questions. As they say, “quality over quantity.” It is in the rulebook to not ask more than six major questions in a 30-minute interview, and no more than eight to twelve questions in an a one-hour interview.

Focus on the interview you are conducting

You might be pre-occupied with your tasks, but remember it is your role to find the right candidates. You are the face of the company, so make sure to do things right. Make sure you are reliable and candidates should only be solicited to ask question after the conclusion of the interview. This provides engagement on a more personal level.

These are some of the things you should consider when conducting a job interview. You should always coordinate with department heads to make sure you are clear with the qualifications you are looking for.

Questions You Should Ask in Your Job Interview

Job interviews are not just about selling yourself or proving you are the right person for the job. This is also a good opportunity to get to know more about the company and position you are applying for. Gauge your options and see if you really fit the role whether you’re looking for a short term job or long term goals—otherwise, you’re only wasting your time.

Ask smart questions during your interview. The employer should give you vital information and discuss briefly your job description. Dig deeper to the company’s core values—what opportunities you’ll get for personal development, the culture they have, and other details that can help you perform at your best.

So, to point you to the right direction, I have gathered some of the most important questions you should ask in every job interview. Read on.

  1. How do you see the progress for this position in the next 3 years or so?

Asking about career progress is always a good thing. This only shows you are ready to work hard and step up to earn a promotion. Of course, most companies are choosing candidates who are determined to earn their way up. This also allows you to gauge whether or not the role would help you achieve your career goals. For example, if you’re looking to move up to a senior position, this query can help you identify whether you can handle the new responsibilities in the future. In case your interviewer cannot give you a clear answer, you might see it as a dead-end job.

  1. What would be my schedule in case I get hired for the position?

Of course, you need to be comfortable with their work schedule. Consider the travel time and means of transportation. Is it accessible to your place? Do you need to work on weekends or holidays? These questions are crucial and would allow you to assess the level of adjustments you need to make.

  1. How will the work I’ll be doing contribute to the department I am going to be part of and the whole organization?

This is one of best questions as recommended by many successful CEOs. Take note that this question won’t simply give you an ego boost, but will help you understand the vital roles and tasks you need to execute. If you see the role doesn’t really have significant importance to the organization’s mission, you might want to rethink your options.Most of the time, companies would only allot less resources for completing projects, and they only have smaller budgets for salary increases and bonuses. You always need to do your research on the company as well as the role of the position. A recent interview that a friend of mine had at Solar Installation Santa Clarita, and had done so much research and was prepared that they hired him right on the spot!

  1. How would you define success for this position?

This question is important mainly because it provides more detailed information about the role. By answering this question, your interviewer or employer may give some clues as to how your career goals align with the role. You will discover more about the specific skills you need to show or develop in the future. You will also find out the real career path you’re taking and even the workplace culture. Knowing these details will help you piece together a benchmark for the standards of the company you will expect.

These are just some of the questions you may want to ask your interviewer when looking for a job. Again, make sure to do a lot of research about their company before your scheduled appointment.

Reading Your Audience’s Body Language

Just like how your audience read your gestures and body language, you should also know how to anticipate and read theirs. Observing their movement and knowing how to assess their level of attention can help you understand what tone or topic you should share to further engage with your audience. As mentioned in our previous article, you should be versatile with your style. Observe the room—do they showing any interest with what you are saying? Are they responding negatively? The key here is to keep them involved from the very beginning of your speech throughout the end.

Another challenge that you may face is when the audience are made up of individuals, who may not necessarily share the same interests, attention span, or boredom threshold. Keep in mind that there are different people in the room. Some may agree to you and some may have negative reactions. You should be able to read these gestures.

Take note also that the audience usually think of themselves. They rather be heard than listen to your speech. So get them involved with the topic. You should be able to connect with them. You might notice several body language signals when delivering a speech. So, just to help you understand these gestures, here’s a quick round-up prepared by our team:

– Disapproval
– Hostility
– Openness
– Lack of interest
– Neutrality
– Boredom

The audience may show signs of disapproval or hostility in several ways. One of the most obvious gestures is when the room is filled with different discussions. Another negative gesture is when you see others looking at the ceiling or out of a window, or even frowning at you.

Showing a negative posture is also a signal where you should try to do something. You may notice this when you see a group or an individual showing hostile expressions, with arms folded as if he or she wants to form a barrier and legs crossed with the person leaning back. This suggests resistance to the speaker or presenter. But it is your job to stay calm and yes, avoid making judgements based on what you observed inside the room.

You should be neutral when this happens. Keep an open attitude by slightly making friendly facial expressions and an upright or slightly forward-leaning seating position. Take note that these people have not yet fully decided whether or not they agree with your ideas or your messages. This is why you may observe combination of gentle nods and shakes of their heads as you go on to your strong points.

Hosting an Event

Memorable events don’t just happen. It requires a lot of effort and proper planning to be successful—from choosing the food for the occasion to decorating the venue, you need to make sure everything is in order. Whether you’re hosting a business conference, a company party, or a wedding reception, you need all the time to prepare. Below are some expert tips when organizing an event:

  • Focus on your guests before anything else

The first thing you need to consider is the comfort of your guests. Make sure the venue you choose for the event can accommodate their needs. From this, you can choose a specific theme for the occasion. Remind your guests on what they need to bring or wear for the event.

  • Communication is the main key

Talk to your committee about the flow of the event. Observe how the guests respond to the program. You may need efficient communication tools like portable two-way radio or just your mobile phone to help you give specific instructions to your co-organizers whenever needed. Make sure to entertain everybody. Give your best smile as you greet them.

  • Be flexible with sudden changes

As you get into event planning process, you may need to make a few adjustments in terms of size and location of the event. This happens most of the time, so be prepared for whatever happens. Always have a backup plan. It’s all about wise decision making.

  • Know your limitation

Everyone wants to throw a fun and memorable party. To that end, you need to be aware of what you can really provide—not just your budget, but the schedule as well. This is why you need to plan ahead of time. Know your limitation and always stick to your game plan.

Keep these things in mind and you have yourself a fun and memorable event. If you’re having a hard time handling everything, hire an event planner to help you out.

 

How to Plan for your Next Event

Okay, so I’ve been to different events and most of the time, I must say I am still experiencing a little confusion, especially, when it comes to the flow of the program. Usually, there are lack of coordination between the actual host and their team—from timeliness, theme coordination, and execution itself. This is why you need to plan ahead of time to make sure everything is in order. So, to avoid these costly mistakes, I prepared a checklist when organizing an event. Read on.

Scheduling and booking

The first thing you need to do is to identify the best schedule for your event. Always consider the time of the season, especially if you are planning for a themed event. Keep in mind that the location might not be available on your preferred date. So, prepare a backup plan in case something happens.

If you’re hosting a corporate conference, avoid choosing a bank holiday. You might have a hard time inviting your guests with these dates. Try to coordinate with your colleagues to set the best schedule. You can also put up an RSVP or conduct a survey so you can get more feedback. It is also advisable to check the dates of competitive conferences on the calendar.

You might want to plan the conference directly before or after another event in the same area. Your anticipated guests might be interested to participate in both conferences. Don’t hesitate to consult a professional. Find people who can help you promote your events. For major gatherings, make sure you have a realistic timeline.

Setting your budget

By now, you should know how much you are willing to spend for your event. Set a detailed and separate budget for venues, decorations, food, and other stuff you need to cover. This is one of the most crucial aspects in event planning. Find a reputable supplier and request for an initial quotation for everything you need. Of course, the budget depends on how big your event is.

Selecting the best location

Another important aspect is the venue. Choose the most accessible location for your guests. Check the layout and inspect the area. This is to make sure the venue you choose can cover everything you need including the main theme, your program, number of guests and equipment. Coordinate with the owner or supervisor and make sure to discuss them every detail. Cramming is a big no so try to book in advance.

Coordinating with the hosts or speaker

Don’t forget to walkthrough your guest speaker or host regarding the flow of your event. What is the mood you are aiming for? Would you like it to be formal or just casual? Review the details and try to rehearse them their lines. Remember, the flow of event depends solely on the program and how the hosts will handle the.

Saving a few penny

Saving a few dollars on your event funds is always a good idea. Look for promos online. Make sure to discuss these things with the managers to avoid discrepancies in the future.

Keep these things in mind, and you have yourself a well organized event. Again, professional event planners can be a huge help for your occasion, but you still call the shots. So set clear objectives and make a timeline so you can monitor the progress.

Establishing a Solid Marketing Strategy

The fast-paced business world is getting more and more competitive these days. This is why every entrepreneur needs to step up and do the best of their efforts to build a solid marketing strategy. And with so many tools you can use to increase your sales, you need to know your priorities to reach your goals. Find the best channels that suit the nature of your business.

One of the common mistakes of aspiring business people is that principle of marketing and advertising. Many believe that these two are the same. Take note that advertising is a marketing tool to promote your products and services that aim to increase sales. To help you understand a bit further, here are some of tips you can use to empower your marketing strategy and increase sales.

  1. Offer free seminars and workshops

Offering free seminars or workshops gives you an opportunity to communicate to people and sell your ideas. Take this chance as well to meet future business partners and clients. The key here is to impress your audience. This is why you need to make a lot of preparations. If you think you’re not really a public speaker, then consider hiring a professional. You might also want to provide promotional giveaways such as shirts, bags, umbrellas, pens, and business cards.

  1. Participate in local business organizations and network groups

If you need to expand your network, you might want to consider joining local business organizations and network groups. This is where you can scout some people to work for you. Take this as an opportunity to learn from others as well as you broaden your knowledge and empower your strategies from seasoned marketers and successful business owners.

  1. Implement digital marketing

As we all know, the Internet has become one of the most powerful tools today. Many business owners now prefer launching online marketing campaigns to promote their products and services. This is one of the most effective and not to mention cost efficient ways to improve branding. Having a website or social media accounts also provides convenience for you and your clients.

  1. Hire a professional

If you think you don’t have time to handle your campaigns, hiring a seasoned marketing firm is your best bet. This allows you to focus on your goals and expand your business. Make sure to choose a team that can propose versatile procedures to improve your strategies. Discuss with them the objectives and provide a timeline so they can come up with a realistic and competitive plan for your business.

These are some of the things to consider when building up your marketing campaigns. Again, consistency is the main key to success. Be versatile and weigh the pros and cons so you can adjust your strategies accordingly.

The Importance of Public Speaking Today

Even if you don’t attend conferences or make regular presentations in front of your colleagues, there are many reasons why you need to improve public speaking skills. This can help you in your future career and create more opportunities.

One situation is when you are asked to talk about your company at a conference, make a speech after receiving an award, or invited as a guest speaker in a university or campaigns. Public speaking also involves online presentations or small talks; in case when you’re training or handling a virtual team, or when speaking to a group of customers in an online meeting.

Today, it is necessary to have good public speaking skills if you want to have better career opportunities. It is also important in other aspects of your life. You might be asked to make a speech at a friend’s birthday celebration, weddings, give eulogy for a loved one, or give an inspirational message to a group of youth and volunteers at a charity event.

To simply put it, being able to speak in public can reflect your reputation and character. This can also boost your confidence and open up several opportunities as you need to speak to your boss regarding your promotion or career advancement, or even get evaluated by a group of panel. Failing to connect or explain your side effectively may affect this opportunity.

Since public speaking is a skill, you can develop or enhance this with research, practice and application. Here are some ways to become a better speaker:

Planning ahead of time

Yup, practice makes it perfect. In fact, even the well-experienced public speakers do a lot of practice before they deliver their speech in public. Practicing everyday can help you improve your communication skills. Remember, consistency is the main key to success. Use tools that can help you. Some of the popular helpful kits are the Rhetorical Triangle, Monroe’s Motivated Sequence, and the 7 C’s of Communication. This will help you on how to structure your upcoming speech. There are also helpful reading materials online and apps you can use. You can also hire a private instructor or attend seminars for more knowledge and enhance your skills.

When writing a speech, think about when you’re reading a blog or looking for products and services. What made it grab your attention? Same thing goes when delivering a speech; you have to get everyone’s attention from the introduction and your conclusion. Set the tone and mood of your audience.

For example, you can start by sharing an interesting statistic or thought provoking questions. Start with your speech with flare and end it with a “bang”. You can also use story telling where your audience can relate with your experience.

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How to Deliver a Speech Effectively?

Every aspiring entrepreneur needs to innovate and find ways to actually “sell” their ideas to the world. They need to build a connection with everyone, especially when going to a conference or introducing their products and service to the public. The problem is, not everyone has the skills to deliver a speech. Remember, “unproductive and unnecessary gestures” can mislead your audience.

Let us know these barriers and find out how we can overcome them. To help you out, here are a few techniques to send your message effectively—whether you’re speaking to just one person, a group, or delivering a speech to a big audience.

The Power of Listening

Every successful or experience public speaker knows how important it is to listen and understand your audience. As they say, “to be heard, you should listen first.” Always remember that your audience is more interested to raise their concerns that hearing the perspective of others. Before you deliver your speech, look around you and try to study their body language and their reactions. Ask for feedback and learn to appreciate the opinion of others. If you don’t agree with it, give them your most humble response.

Establish a strong connection

Building a connection with your audience is essential in public speaking. One way to do this is to share you experience or an interesting story. Of course, this should be related to your main topic. This can also help you set the mood of the floor. The key here is to build up an emotional connection before you introduce your product, service, or idea.

Be familiar with your audience

It is necessary to do your research before even writing your speech. Know your audience. Do a background profile. In case you’re delivering a speech abroad or in other states, it would be better if you know some trivia about their location and culture. Learn more about their native language or some common words or phrase they use every day. You should be versatile when delivering speeches. Adjust your speaking style of tone if you have. If you think the floor is getting a bit stiff and dull, then you may need to change the tone. You might want to pitch a joke every once in a while.

Do not preach, coach!

Yes, you want to make a strong point of view, but be prepared to accept others’ perspective or views. Bear in mind that you’re not dictating or insisting them a solution or idea. You are merely suggesting or making recommendations. This gives them more freedom to listen without feeling obliged. If they come to your conclusion on their won—well, congratulations! You have been successful with your goals—to deliver your message effectively.

And finally, just be yourself. You can somehow change your style, but never lose your individuality. People will admire you for being genuine than trying hard to fit in.

4 Effective Ways to Connect With Your Audience

In today’s competitive business world, you need to do the best of your efforts to connect with your audience. This shall be the backbone of your business! Keep in mind that the competition is getting more and more difficult. This is why it is advisable to interact with your audience consistently. This can help maintain and improve customer relationships, and you can actually enhance your services by listening to their feedbacks. The key here is to build trust and maintain good reputation among your audience while your business starts to grow.

These things are ideal for building your brand. You need to put yourself out there and join the conversation. Be part of their circle. Spread and share helpful insights. Also, bear in mind that everyone can be your audience. Avoid over-promoting your products or ideas. Listen to them as well.

Consider these tips and apply them today!

  • Speak to your audience directly

As every successful entrepreneur would say, you need to develop and maintain the voice of your brand. While, following the latest trend would, it is always better to have your own identity and stick to your core values. Find ways where you can communicate to your target market in a constant basis.

  • Establish unique, competitive, and compelling insight that comes from you, not your competitors

To support the statement above, you need to establish and promote the identity or brand to your audience. Make it original and unique. Take note that people are more into exclusivity. They are more interested to hear or get something new. Give them something they cannot find anywhere else. This will make them more interested with your products or services. Let them spread the word about you. This is the best “sparkplug” for your brand.

As much as possible, avoid blending in with your competitors by slightly repurposing or rehashing the same old products they offer. Come up with your vision and continue to innovate. Remember, there is always a room for improvement.

  • Use humor, compassion, and empathy

Observe the circle and the network around you. Take some time to feel the mood you are in. If you think the room or floor is too stiff, you might want to use some humor to change or lift their spirits up. At the same time, be sensitive with the topic. Make sure you’re not offending anyone with your tone and your opinion. Be reminded that anyone can raise their opinion or feedback. So be ready to accept and respect them.

  • Be polite with your perspectives

While we cannot avoid arguments in some of the conference or discussions, we can always stay calm and be professional. Don’t be too haphazard when sharing your ideas or perspectives. Listen to them as well. Don’t be disturbed or offended with negative reactions. Instead, take it as a challenge and learn from them. This would make you a better speaker, innovator, and entrepreneur.

Keep these things in mind you and will see the difference as you walk out the room.