I’ve been meaning to nominate myself for an award and kind of been waiting for the right time to do it. So after a nice breakfast and a change of scenery from home I’ve just done it! I’m sharing this because I absolutely relate to how it feels to apply for an ideal position. It feels like this, where you have to find the confidence to essentially ‘bet’ on yourself. I’m hoping that by sharing this you feel inspired to talk about yourself as positively as possible, and perhaps it will provide a bit of a template/ example of how I’ve gone about celebrating my successes …
(This application has a word limit of 500 and is a nomination for an award in coaching within the employment sector).
The application process has become more advanced with often 3-4 stage interviews, phone screening, testing and presentations (to name a few of the hurdles job seekers have to jump through). By the time I work with my clients, their confidence is at an all-time low. They feel as though their ideal jobs are impossible to achieve, sadly they often rationalise their perceived rejection due to their age, race, accent, and even surname.
I see my role as a coach to build confidence, equip candidates with techniques that empower, inspire and celebrate their achievements. I feel my approaches are revolutionary because I use the CV writing and interview preparation stage as a means to celebrate career journeys up to the present day by;
- Connecting my clients to their most raw, fearless and confident self
- Unveiling their personal brand by guiding them to turn their values and ambitions into a visual Pinterest board, assigning themselves an alter ego name that helps them embody their true self. I then weave this personal brand into their CV so that their unique stamp is clear to see, while providing the confidence to talk ‘on brand’ in their interview
- Spending time revisiting experience through an increased ‘self aware lense’ to reflect and honour their successes
- Turning experience into tangible impact, using the process to refine their perspectives so that they’re able to articulate how they approach and think about the core competencies of the job roles that they’re applying for
- After this unveiling and enlightening process, my clients are ready to learn my Interview Story Impression Technique*
On my reviews page you will see why so many have talked about authenticity, confidence and alignment – in addition to the success they have had in actually being offered their dream job positions;
- “This mentorship felt supportive and a transformative process”
- “Judy took the time to get to know me and then she took a personalised approach to teaching me how to tell my story authentically utilising her winning interview techniques”
- “I learnt that I am stronger then I give myself credit for”
- “Imagine someone investing the time to find out your true passions, strengths and ambitions – packing them all up in a powerful brand that represent the ‘CEO of ME’ and then championing you into achieving your goals! This is the effect Judy has as a mentor!”
*I feel my Interview Story Impression Technique is a game changer, because the STAR technique sells so many short at interview, due to the rigid structure, which isn’t great for anyone lacking confidence or in selling themselves. My technique has 2 parts to it – What to do before and after answering, including answering with a bold confident statement, starting with the result, setting the scene, then talking through the key milestones that led to the result, finally ending with the ‘So What’ for the employer.
My clients feel they are able to manage any interview question and scenario more naturally, confidently, strategically and impressively.
Client Reviews – https://judybullimore.co.uk/reviews/
Interview Technique – https://judybullimore.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Judys-Interview-Story-Impression-Technique.pdf
Wish me luck!
The STAR technique is by far the most popular interview technique advised by recruiters and employers.
Standing for S-Situation, T-Task, A-Action, R-Result, this structure is put forward as the format in which to answer competency based interview questions such as “Tell me about a time when you have delivered excellent customer service, solved a problem, delivered a successful project” etc etc.
The advantages of the technique put forward are that;
- It provides a simple structure that candidates can follow.
- The structure forces the candidate to explain HOW they approached the scenario and how their actions impacted the outcome, therefore providing more detail for the interviewer to make a final decision.
- It helps PROVE how suitable candidates are, due to the emphasis on the results achieved.
- The structure helps minimize overly lengthy answers, thus enabling interviews to run efficiently.
There are many types of interview question formats, from open, closed, hypothetical and test questioning to name a few, however the choice of using competency based questioning is the most effective format to understand how candidates think, how they approach specific tasks and whether their approaches are successful.
Depending on the examples candidates choose, how impressive the results are and how well they bring the scenario to life, will dictate how suited the interviewer will feel they are for the position. As a result, there is as much expectation on the interview performance and overall delivery, as there is on the examples presented, because the interviewer will also be checking that candidates have the temperament, personality and presence that they feel is required to stand out as the ideal person for the position.
With this in mind, the STAR technique works well for the interviewer, but how well does it work for the candidate?
While the technique provides an easy structure to follow, at best it helps the candidate understand HOW to answer the question and encourages them to prove the impact they might have had. However how well this comes across at interview, depends on the following questions that an interviewer will be considering;
- How well does the example/ scenario fit the question asked?
- How impressive was the result?
- How confidently does the candidate talk about their skills and abilities?
- Does the candidate’s personality and temperament shine through?
- Does the candidate seem like a right ‘fit’?
- Does the candidate come across genuine or as though the answers are overly rehearsed?
Given how competitive the job application process is at present, and the fact that interviewers are aware that they can technically search for the ‘perfect’ candidate depending how clear they are on their criteria, the strongest chance candidates have to STAND OUT and prove that they’re the best person for the job is to have a technique that;
- Shows confidence.
- Helps candidates understand the question so they can choose the most impressive and suitable example.
- Encourages candidates to talk authentically, genuinely and naturally.
- Has a structure that enables examples to be brought to life, for a more memorable delivery.
- Conveys passion and alignment to the position.
- Promotes personality and likability.
- Demonstrates unique selling points that only the candidate could bring to the role, as opposed to their competition.
The STAR technique doesn’t guarantee any of the above because it only provides the structure to answer the question. In fact, the technique runs a large risk of blocking the possibility for candidates to sell themselves because;
- For many it is too structured – forcing candidates to box in their answers, or fit their examples into a rigid structure.
- Candidates can rely on it too heavily, which means they may sound robotic or overly rehearsed.
- It only allows for one example to be talked about, however it may show impressiveness and greater impact to add in more than one scenario/ example.
- Talking in such a structured way may increase nerves and sabotage delivery because the candidate maybe preoccupied with the structure rather than simply bringing their experience to life.
- Not all interview questions will be competency based, most interviews will include a ‘Why or What’ question, such as “Why do you feel we should choose you for the position? Or “What made you apply for this role?” so the technique itself doesn’t fully equip job seekers for the range of questions they may be asked.
- The structure doesn’t include any prompts for showing confidence, passion or personality.
To properly equip, prepare and position interviewees for success, there needs to be a technique that provides a format that not only explains HOW to answer questions, but also truly enables them to SELL their skills, attributes and experience, in a way that dazzles the interviewer, as opposed to ‘adequately’ answering the question.
Based on the STAR technique, even if the candidate were to follow the format stating the situation, task, action and result, this wouldn’t be enough on it’s own to prove how well suited a candidate is for the role, especially if every other candidate was using the exact same technique, therefore it should be used with caution.
Having worked on a one to one intense and bespoke basis with senior professionals interviewing for their next level positions, I view the negative impact of the STAR technique first hand in that the technique more than often underplays and minimizes the positive impact of an individual’s work experience, personality and potential.
By using The Interview Story Impression Technique, clients talk and present significantly more confidently, authentically, passionately and impressively, because the technique encompasses;
- How to choose the right example.
- How to meet the interviewers/ employers needs and expectations.
- How to structure in confidence, passion and personality.
- How to bring examples to life.
- How to leave a positive lasting impression.
Given the impact of the pandemic on employment trends, the need for tools and techniques that fully equip job seekers to remain confident, resilient and successful in the job application process is paramount, hence the need to encourage an honest assessment of how fit for purpose the STAR technique is for 2021 and beyond.
For a detailed video breakdown of my perspective on the pros and cons of the STAR Technique, watch here;
For further details on The Interview Story Impression Technique view here;
How To Stay Resilient, Motivated & Confident During The Job Application Process …. When I Was Rejected At Interview
There’s nothing worse than the feeling of rejection at application or interview. If not recognised and managed, it can have really damaging effects that can sabotage future chances of getting the jobs that you deserve. It can appear in many guises such as;
– Forcing you to a falsely conclude that there’s no point in “getting your hopes up” for the jobs you want.
– Fueling limiting beliefs that have the power to talk you OUT of future positions that you CAN do.
– Affecting the words that are used to talk about yourself within your CV and application documents, which appear LESS impressive than you really are.
– Presenting as nerves, and self doubt at interview.
– Damaging interview performance by playing down your successes and preventing you from as appearing as the confident, capable, unique individual that you ARE!
There IS a way to combat all of this, and that is to;
– Recognise when it’s happening.
– Take control by creating a routine that keeps you in what I call ….
THE JOB & INTERVIEW POWER ZONE!
Everyone is different and what works for one person may not work for another, but in this list below is a range of positive, practical and proactive things to build yourself a routine that not only keeps you motivated and in the most successful mindset for applying for jobs, but very importantly protects you from the negative impacts of not having the resilience, motivation and confidence that’s needed to see you through right through to the job offer.
MIX & MATCH A ROUTINE FOR YOURSELF USING THIS LIST (AIM FOR AROUND 2 PER DAY)
– Gratitude – write down or have a think of what you’re truly grateful for.
– Visualise the interview going well – Imagine nodding heads and smiling faces, how you will feel when you know it’s going well, or when you leave and feel so proud at having a fantastic interview!
– Visualise yourself in the job role – What would you be wearing? What can you see? Imagine what you would do on your first day or week.
– Set simple goals for the day – Tick off achievements for the day.
– Create a playlist – One that puts you in a good mood, one that taps you into your alter ego or the best version of yourself.
– Journalling – write down your thoughts and feelings
– Creating a visual board – Including goals, pictures and words of inspiration. Immerse yourself in it and allow yourself to visualise it all being true.
– Find a motto that you can keep telling yourself, or stick postets around the house – Mine is I can, I will, I must. What’s yours?
– Build into your day things that make you truly happy – Cooking, chilling, reading, pampering, chatting to friends – whatever it is, do more of it!
– Read or listen to something inspirational – Even if it’s a page or two, a bit of a podcast, a chapter of an audio book.
– Have a policy where you only surround yourself with positive people right now.
– Eat well, get fresh air and exercise.
– Look at your elevator pitch – Say it out loud until it feels part of you.
OTHER STEPS YOU COULD TAKE WITH ME BY YOUR SIDE;
– You could book a call with me so we can review and chat through your existing application documents and your interview technique.
– Join my motivating Facebook Groups and join me for Monday Motivation.
– Watch my FREE interview training.
You CAN get the job you want or need right now, but it is important that you have a positive mindset throughout.
Sending you positivity and success!