Andrea Novakowski's Coaching Tip of the Week
Andrea Novakowski's Coaching Tip of the Week )
  October 15, 2004 
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    The Top 10 Steps to a Job-Winning Interview
    by Cathy Goodwin, Ph.D.

  • Brought to you by Andrea Novakowski, Master Certified Coach, Business and Personal Coaching for Corporations, Businesses and Individuals


    "That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way."

    -- Doris Lessing

    The Top 10 Steps to a Job-Winning Interview
    by Cathy Goodwin, Ph.D.

    These days, interviews don't come easily. When you get The Call, make the most of your time -- and go for it!

    1. Investigate the company's culture, markets, and finances.

    But resist the temptation to show off what you've researched: ("I just read that you're about to embark on a new product line") unless you have a question directly related to your career.

    2. Look like you belong.

    Learn the company's dress code and err on the side of conservatism. When you're seeking a senior position based on industry experience, you'll be expected to know the rules without being told.

    3. Take charge of the interview!

    The most successful interviews feel like friendly conversations. When your interviewer has an agenda (such as the infamous "stress interview") stay relaxed. Think of playing a game.

    4. Assume everyone you meet will provide feedback to the decision-maker.

    Some companies hand out comment forms to receptionists, security guards and potential peers who take you to lunch.

    5. Communicate interest and enthusiasm, even if you're not sure you're ready to commit.

    You'll rarely have all the facts until you're looking at an offer.

    6. Bring extra copies of your correspondence from this company as well as your resume, references, writing samples, portfolio and current business cards.

    Interviewers lose documents and conversations move in unexpected directions.

    7. Create a relaxed, positive attitude by devising a realistic game plan.

    When your career isn't riding on a single interview, you'll have fun and make a confident, relaxed impression.

    8. Write a thank you letter within forty-eight hours.

    Create a low-key sales letter, emphasizing how your qualifications match the company's needs. Present yourself as a resource, not a supplicant.

    9. After you write the letter, forget about the inteview.

    Email or phone only if you've received a competing offer with a deadline. Occasionally you may make points with follow-up mailings. A sports team public relations applicant sent puzzles, games and press releases -- and she got the job. Use your intuition.

    10. Keep notes of what you learned from the process.

    What worked? What would you do differently? As soon as you begin your new job, develop a career plan and a safety net before you need one.

    Cathy Goodwin, Ph.D. is the author of books and articles on life transition, career consultant and freelance writer, who can be reached at Copyright 2000 - 2004 CoachVille, LLC.


    I was speaking to my brother last week who is interviewing for a new position. We talked about a number of issues to get him prepared and comfortable. Cathy's list would have been helpful to run through in the conversation.

    For those of you looking for a job and in the interview stage, run through Cathy's ten points to make sure you are covered. (I especially found #4 of interest.) For those of you who are not looking, feel free to pass this along to your friends who are.


    October 20, 2004
    Coach Andrea to speak on Empowering Yourself on behalf of Milford National Bank and Trust

    Milford National Bank believes in building relationships and increasing their value to the realtors they work with. Andrea Novakowski will provide her5-step program for gaining control of your life, Empowering Yourself to the realtors.

    October 28, 2004
    Empowering Yourself at Keefe Tech Continuing Education

    Do you feel like you need to make a significant change in your business or personal life and would like some support to address these issues? Andrea will provide her 5-step program for gaining control of your life. This seminar is scheduled for Thursday, October 28th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Keefe Tech, Framingham, MA. To reserve your place, please call 508-935-0202.

    October 28, 2004
    Pounce on a Project VII

    This is the 7th offering of Pounce on a Project. Don't "they" say that it takes 7 times to hear/see something before you pay attention? It's time! Join us in October to complete the project that will make the biggest difference in your work or life. Come to "Pounce on a Project VII." Here's what participants are saying:

    "I accomplished a big section of my newsletter re-design that had been stalled on my 'to do' list for many months. Having the support of the group helped me bypass my procrastination and tackle my project with energy."
    -- D.W., Certified Financial Planner, MA

    "Pounce on a Project had me tackling my project head on. Completing it felt so good! Once I started, the angst disappeared."
    --K.J., Environmental Professional, MA

    "I'm no longer putting off what I love to do!"
    -- K.N., Business Owner, TX

    "I had to get all of my marketing material organized and sent to my advisor. Where was I going to find the time? Pounce on a Project gave me 4 hours of uninterrupted time to easily complete my plan!"
    -- A.N., Business Owner, MA

    "Pounce on a Project enabled me to fulfill a long time goal of mine, while energizing me to undertake other projects that I had been putting off."
    -- L.W., Software Test Engineer, MA

    "The simple structure of commitment and accountability had me easily complete my project."
    -- C.S., Business Owner, England

    "I learned I can use this time to accomplish many small projects I've been putting off. Hooray!"
    -- A.P., Freelance Writer, MA

    Did you know that incompletions and clutter can drain your energy? As we begin the fall season, are there projects or spaces you need to "clean up" to feel successful? In preparation for our next get together, consider the following:

    ** What do I need to let go of?
    ** How can I simplify?
    ** What needs to be done to get better organized?
    ** What needs to be stored for future use?

    Join Andrea on Thursday, October 28th, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Eastern. We will join as a group by phone and declare what you want to accomplish: planning your pricing strategy for your new products, finishing your website, making those cold calls, organizing your office, simplifying your filing system, or cleaning under your bed.

    During the morning, the group will gather by phone a few times to check progress and get any support needed to finish with a bang. At noon, the group will celebrate their accomplishments. Who says projects have to be boring and tedious? Bring your lightness and fun and join us for the energization.

    To sign up or learn more, call or e-mail Andrea by noon on October 27th. Feel free to share this with friends and co-workers, the more the merrier. (Cost of the program is only the cost of long distance phone calls.)


    Company Hiring in Boston -- PCi Corporation

    PCi Corporation is a software company for the Banking Industry with 125 employees in downtown Boston. To learn more go to


    This Coaching Tip of the Week is brought to you by Andrea Novakowski, Master Certified Coach who provides Business and Personal Coaching to Corporations, Businesses, and Individuals. Andrea is a professional coach who partners with people to set goals and create momentum to produce effective results in their business and/or personal lives.

    Andrea is available for individual coaching. If you are serious about reaching your goals and living with greater fulfillment and satisfaction, consider using a coach. To schedule a COMPLIMENTARY initial consultation, send an e-mail to Andrea at


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