Friday, March 26, 2010

Interviewing is a two-way street.  Obviously, the organization is using the interview process to evaluate you and your credentials to determine if you are a solid fit for the company’s needs.  But the interview is equally important for the opportunity it affords you to evaluate how well the company and the position match what you are seeking.  Formulating a series of well-thought out questions in advance of the interview will not only help you draw out pertinent information from the interviewer, but also demonstrate your intelligence and sincere interest in the position at hand.

The best questions are those that arise from the initial research you will conduct of the organization while preparing for the interview.  Whenever possible, questions should be tailored to the position and company. 

The following questions will provide you with some ideas and get you thinking about potential interview questions you may want to consider asking employers during the interview.

  • Fit for the Position
* What are the most important skills and attributes a candidate needs to be successful in this position?
* What are the characteristics of a successful employee in your organization?
* Describe the work environment.
* What are the challenging facets of the job?
* What would be a typical work day in this position?
* What is your management style?
* What is your preferred method of communicating with your team?
* What is the next step in the interviewing process?

  • Company Culture
* How would you describe your company culture?
* What is the organization structure of your department?
* Who are the primary parties that you are responsible to support: shareholders, customers, employees, etc.?  * How do you go about making decisions when the needs of these groups are at odds with each other?

  • Measures for Success
* What are your expectations for new employee hires within their first 90 days on the job?  Within the first six months?
* How and when will my job performance be evaluated?
* What metrics are used to measure whether or not you are achieving your predetermined goals?
* How will my success in this position be measured?
* How is success measured in this department (or organization)?

  • The Future of the Organization
* What is your vision for the organization (or department) over the next two years?  Next five years?
* What current major challenges are you facing as a manager?
* What is the organization’s biggest challenge currently?
* What is the organization’s competitive advantage in the marketplace?

In Bliss,
Coach Sandy

© 2010, Find Your Bliss Coaching.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Secrets of a Positive Attitude

Are you constantly bombarded by thoughts of negativity? 
Plagued by feelings of insecurity? 
Do you see everything in a negative manner? 
The reason for this lies deep within your heart. You are what you mentally and spiritually eat. If a person drinks alcohol on a daily basis, odds are their body will be affected in some way. They may have liver issues, develop cancer or incur some other type of health problem directly related to the amount of alcohol they have consumed. In the same way, a person who constantly feeds themselves negative thoughts will simply turn into a negative person.
This is the time to go on a diet. 
A diet of positive attitude food. You have to literally stop feeding your mind negative things. Ask yourself: is this thought negative or positive?
What do negative thoughts look like? 
Well, they start with can't rather than can, no as opposed to yes, won't and not will . The problem in our society is that our thoughts have taken us captive. We have begun to let our thoughts control us.

A great way to know what we are negative about is to ask those people who are closest to us. You can ask your spouse or another person in your life who really knows you how they would rate your attitude on a scale of 1 to 10 -- 10 being very positive and 1 very negative. Ask this person to be totally honest with you. You will benefit from their honesty even if it causes you pain. Ask this person what it is that you specifically say that they perceive as negative. Write down what they say and look at the actual words. Now is the time to be honest with yourself. Those words are a reflection of what is inside you. They are who you are.
The great thing is that you can change. 
It is as simple as making a choice to do so. You must decide to replace the thoughts of negativity with thoughts of positivity. Decide what negative words you will change your paper. Once you have done this, make an effort to insert new positive thoughts in your mind. You will begin to notice a positive change taking place in your life. Your family, friends and co-workers will all notice it too. 

You can do it. You can and will have a positive attitude, if you simply take the steps outlined above. You do not have to be what you were in the past. You can be different in the future. The choice is yours. I know you will make a positive one.

In Bliss,
Coach Sandy

© 2010, Find Your Bliss Coaching.

Success: Moving Past Fear

There are times when simply thinking positively won’t move you past your fear and anxiety.  There are times when simply plodding it out is the thing you must do.
If you’re afraid to do it, just DO IT AFRAID.
No one will blame you for being fearful—what you will be blamed for is letting that fear immobilize you.  So no matter what it takes, keep moving

Fear is much like a quagmire—it slurps at our feet and if we stand still long enough, it begins to suck us down.  It’s hard to get out of, but it is possible.

If you’re stuck in fear as you shoot for success, there are several ways out:

  1. Consider the source.  Where did the fear come from?  Have you been dwelling on the difficulties instead of the opportunities?  Have you been listening to those who are cynics and pessimists, instead of coaching yourself with positive words and people?  If so, MOVE ON.  GET AWAY from people and situations that drag you down.
  2. Take your checklist and note what you HAVE accomplished.  Look at your list of goals and the baby steps you’re taking to get there, and on a separate sheet of paper (or a separate document in your computer), begin to list everything you have accomplished.  This will begin to empower you to move on and leave the fear behind.
  3. Take stock of your talents and skills.  Fear often tells us that we “don’t have what it takes…”  Show fear as the liar it is:  list your skills, all your positive attributes.  Then look at the problem again, after you have a new appreciation for your God-given talents and abilities.
  4. Don’t underestimate the power of prayer.  Regardless of your spiritual beliefs, there is an amazing power that comes from releasing your fear to a universe who loves you and is looking out for you.  Don’t bottle the fear up—let it go.  You don’t need it anyhow!
  5. Finally, remember this acronym when facing fear:
  • F= False
  • E= Evidence
  • A=Appearing
  • R=Real

Because that’s really what fear is—it is an unrealistic look (false look) at something and attempting to make you believe it (appearing to be real). 

Once you know these things, you’ll be able to move past your fear and on to the next step you need to be successful!

In Bliss,
Coach Sandy

© 2010, Find Your Bliss Coaching.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Mark your calendars for the National Job Fair & Training Expo in Toronto

The 16th annual National Job Fair and Training Expo will be held in Toronto on March 24-25, 2010.

Top Canadian employers and employment agencies from various sectors will be there looking to fill positions for experienced job seekers, qualified professionals, people with technical skills, new graduates and even students.

So, those of you who are interested in finding a job, or are interested in a career change, this is a great place to meet with recruiters face to face and put your best foot forward.  More that that though, this job fair will also be a great place for those people who are considering self-employment and are looking for small business support and resources.

This Toronto job fair will offer presentations and seminars with regards to preparing for an interview; marketing yourself to stand out from the crowd; and early-stage entrepreneurship information, guidance and advice.

For more information, visit

In Bliss,
Coach Sandy

© 2010, Find Your Bliss Coaching.