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How to Succeed During Your Next Panel Interview

What’s more nerve wracking than a one-on-one interview? A panel interview. For those who haven’t faced one before, a panel interview is like a traditional in-person interview but instead of speaking with just one person, several people are interviewing you at the same time. Panel interviews are common practice, and often occur later on in the hiring process; such as after the first couple of one-on-one interviews, your third interview might be speaking with a panel of people from the team you would potentially be joining. Below we’ll give you some tips on what to do to prepare for such an interview and how to handle yourself during the process.

Do your homework and research
As with any interview, do your homework beforehand. If you are able to find out who you’ll be speaking with, research everyone who will be in the panel interview ahead of time. Find them on LinkedIn and see what their job history and current role is at the company. While looking at their profiles, see if you have anything in common with them and if you share any similarities. This will also give you a good idea on the type of people the company hires, and if you would be a good addition.

Bring your resume
If you are meeting in-person, be sure to bring several copies of your resume, and any other pertinent materials, so each person has their own copy. While they likely will already have your resume, it’s important to show you’re prepared and thought of everyone in advance.

Make everyone feel seen
During the interview it’s important to make eye contact and engage with all the people in the meeting as equally as possible. It’s likely some people interviewing will ask more questions than others, but it’s important to try and connect with everyone. When answering questions, make sure to address each member by name when responding. An example of this would be: “That’s a great question, Amanda, I recently…” and continue from there.

After the meeting
It is always a good idea to follow up an interview with a thank you note; this applies to both one-on-one and panel interviews. Write thank you notes to everyone who met with you and try as much as possible to make them personalized. If you spoke with someone who could potentially be your co-worker bring up how much you would look forward to working together. If the panel shared any hobbies during the meeting try and bring that up in their note as well to show you remembered that detail and valued their time.

How to Succeed During Your Next Panel Interview

Short-Term Goals for the Remainder of 2020

We are nearing the final quarter of 2020 and the year so far has been unexpected (to say the least) and has forced many to re-evaluate what is truly important to them. The resolutions you made on January 1st are likely a distant memory, and you may feel a bit lost and unsure about next steps. In a recent blog we talked about not losing sight of your long-term goals but what about your immediate goals? Ones you can easily achieve before 2020 comes to a close? An allure of short-term goals is they offer more immediate gratification and help propel and motivate you to tackle those larger goals later on. In today’s blog we’ll look at the importance of setting short-term goals and some ideas to help you get started.

Importance of Short-Term Goals
Short-term goals can help with everything from minimizing procrastination to improving your focus. The key is to set goals that are easily achievable. We are wired for instant gratification and the problem many have with long-term goals is that they lose their motivation and fall off course. Having a short-term goal can help you stay motivated and productive because you know you will be reaching your goal in a shorter period of time.

Setting Short-Term Career Goals
Now that you know why short-term goals are important, let’s look at what makes a good goal and for that we recommend the S.M.A.R.T. goal technique. The S.M.A.R.T. goal technique stands for:

  1. Simple
  2. Measurable
  3. Attainable
  4. Relevant
  5. Time-based

Instead of just naming a goal, you’ll also need to look at how you are going to accomplish the goal. If your goal is to get a promotion at work, you need to break down the steps to help you get there. This may look like doing additional training outside of work, putting in longer hours, and taking on more tasks and assignments. Getting a promotion would most likely be considered a long-term goal, but the steps you need to take to get there (like taking on more tasks at work) can be one of your short-term goals. Now what are some other short-term career goals you can easily complete in the coming months? Here are some ideas to help you get started:

  • Read 1 book per month on leadership (or what is relevant to your career) for the remainder of 2020
  • Attend an online industry conference within the next 2 months
  • Watch a TED talk during your lunch break each week
  • Improve your sales or productivity numbers starting with 5% this month and work up from there

While the above ideas are more general, we highly recommend using the S.M.A.R.T. goal method and personalizing some short-term goals for you both professionally and personally.

In closing, short-term goals can give you a sense of determination and purpose and help lay the foundation for something greater. Make sure to set goals that are attainable so you can stay motivated and celebrate your success!

Short-Term Goals for the Remainder of 2020

Staying Focused While Searching for a New Career

With around 57.4 million Americans filling for unemployment since mid-March, it is safe to say that a lot of people are on the job hunt. If you find yourself in this category and feel like you are losing hope while searching for your next role, we have some helpful suggestions to keep you focused.

Don’t Run Away from Your Emotions
For most, a job is more then a paycheck. It’s a large part of how we identify ourselves and when we lose that, we may feel lost or hopeless. Know that you’re not alone. This is a hard time for many and taking the time to grieve and feel angry and disappointed is an important part of the process. Know that these feelings are temporary and take the time to feel what you need to in order to be able to move forward in a healthy and productive way. This is a time to take good care of your physical needs so ensure you are getting enough sleep, eating right, and exercising to increase your endorphins. Give yourself time to process what you’ve been through and take care of your physical and emotional needs.

Have a Routine
Each morning mentally and physically prepare before you begin your job search. When you wake up, take the time to shower and get dressed before you sit down to your computer (extra points if you go for a walk or get in a morning workout). It’s important to block out time in your day for job searching, eating, relaxation, and exercise just as you would if you were working in the office. Keeping some sense of normalcy and routine will help you stay productive and prevent you from feeling like you are aimlessly floating through time.

Create Short-Term and Long-Term Goals
To help yourself stay accountable and on track, create a list of realistic short-term and long-term goals to work towards to help you find your next job. Some examples of short-term goals may be the number of jobs you apply for that week or reaching out to someone in your network who may be a good resource in helping you land your next role. These goals should be broken down into a list of days, weeks, and months.

Learn New Skills
In this competitive job market, staying current and learning new skills in your field can help put you ahead of your competition. Look into online courses or certifications you can complete in the coming weeks or months. Apart from it looking good on your resume, setting and achieving such goals will also give you a feeling of accomplishment and boost your confidence. Learning a new language is another skill that would look great on your resume. According to Forbes, “Nine out of ten U.S. employers rely on employees with language skills other than English, and 56% say their demand for these skills will be increasing over the next five years.”

There will be ups and downs while on the job hunt but staying focused on the end goal and persevering will get you there. Build a support system around you to help rally you on and try the above tips to keep your momentum going.

Staying Focused While Searching for a New Career

The Importance of Morning Rituals

If the current world situations have you feeling extra anxious, now is a great time to consider creating new rituals. Having some meaningful habits in your life gives you a sense of belonging, purpose, and order. During these last several months many have stopped their previous public rituals such as meeting a friend for brunch, or grabbing a coffee each day on the way to work. It’s important to replace these lost rituals with new ones. Below we’ll delve into what rituals are and how to incorporate them.

What exactly is a ritual?
The difference between a routine and a ritual is the thought and purpose beyond completing the act itself. Ness Labs has a great definition and states, “Rituals do not have to be spiritual or religious. What matters is your subjective experience. With rituals, you are fully engaged with a focus on the experience of the task, rather than its mere completion.” A ritual involves more mindfulness than a routine and helps you be more in the present moment.

Implementing rituals in your life
It’s likely you already have a series of things you do daily and weekly. Maybe that’s your morning coffee while reading the news, a walk at the end of each day, or cooking a favorite meal on Sunday evening and enjoying a sit down dinner with your family. If you already have these habits in place, bring more meaning to them. For example, pour your coffee in a favorite mug and mindfully savor each sip. Elevate the everyday ordinary and create something meaningful. Rituals don’t just apply to your personal life but your professional life as well. You may have already started doing this without even realizing it’s a ritual. An example of this may be a recently implemented Zoom happy hour with your team mates on Friday afternoons or a weekly recap to celebrate your work accomplishments. Start to think about what routines you already have in your life and if there are any you’d like to add to help you progress towards your personal and professional goals.

To recap, rituals are habits that you’ve attached a particular meaning. Changing your mindset around your routines can help your mental health.  Harvard Business Review spoke with Mike Norton, a professor at Harvard Business School who has studied rituals and their effects on our wellbeing who found that “rituals play a number of critical roles: rituals in the face of loss can help us feel less grief, rituals with families can make us feel closer, and rituals with our partners can reinforce our commitment to each other.” Start to think of ways you can incorporate more rituals into your personal and professional life and see if it positively effects your wellbeing.

The Importance of Morning Rituals