How To Prepare For A Job Interview In 3 Steps

Usually for those of you who are out there looking for a job or maybe unhappy at the workplace, Mondays are very challenging days. Sometimes you don't want to go back to the workplace or, nowadays that a lot of people are working remotely, you just don't want to get back to the screen. 

It is scientifically-proven (1) that your happiness perception rises 15% during the weekend and goes downhill on Monday because you will go back to a job you don’t enjoy. Let’s be even more honest here, you don't actually want to get back to the boss, right?

I know exactly the panic of finishing a wonderful weekend and start thinking about going back to work on the next day. The terrible sensation of frustration and the fear of losing the important financial income offset any courage to change. I guarantee you there is light at the end of this unhappiness tunnel!

If you’re reading this, it’s maybe because you either have an upcoming job interview or want to catch up with...

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Strategies For Behavioral Interviews

The main objective of this type of interview is to evaluate your behavior in the past to predict your future reactions. That’s why you are going to be telling stories about the time when you did something. Let’s address some practical aspects that you can train beforehand and feel more prepared for this type of interview. 

Identify The Required Skills 

If you're going to a job interview, it's either because there is an open job position or you might be considered to fill in a position in the future. There's a role there to be filled and it is important to identify what would be the needed skills for that particular position. 

Read the job post very thoroughly, line by line, because it's explicit there everything the company wants the candidate to have. Start identifying the skills bullet by bullet. I suggest you open a Word document and create a table by writing down every skill you extract in the job description.

Another relevant exercise is to put...

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How to Solve a Business Case in a Hiring Process

Do you panic when invited to solve business cases in hiring processes?  Have you ever heard about business cases for job interviews? 

Business cases are frequently used in the hiring process to assess how candidates respond to whether real or fictional problems a company may have. They bring out a lot of information related to the business, that's why it's called a business case. And what is so peculiar about solving a case? It’s the problem you’ll be asked to solve. 

You can get a business case about a random company, not exactly the company you are interviewing for. You’ll be given data about logistics, projects, finance, accounting, etc. It will depend on the field that you are applying for. The recruiter or hiring manager is going to ask you some questions about the case and will analyze your capacity of understanding the problem and figuring out a solution. An important point here is that there is no right or wrong. There are at least two...

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5 Steps to Plan Your Career

career strategies Jun 21, 2021

This is a hot topic amongst my clients and people that come around asking me about career planning and here’s a question for you:

 

Do you feel stuck or paralyzed in your career? 

 

You may be in your comfort zone and not know how to get out of it. Maybe you’re just entering the job market and you don’t know where to start because your parents told you that you had to study, find a job, and then you wouldn’t have to plan anything because companies have career plans. Indeed it used to be like that, but things are becoming different and will keep changing even more rapidly. 

I'm considered to be a resourceful person because others recognize myself as a courageous person, and courageous is a quality of resourcefulness. So I was wondering why people think I’m courageous. I realized that I'm a natural strategist, so what people identify as my trait of being brave and courageous, to me is nothing special. I...

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How To Beat The Impostor Syndrome

career strategies Jun 18, 2021

Have you ever felt you’re not enough prepared for applying for a job? Or maybe felt inadequate in the workplace?

You may have experienced the Impostor Syndrome. It’s a state of self-doubt that we all feel at some point, but which can paralyze our next steps and progress.

According to this article from the Harvard Business Review, the Impostor Syndrome is a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persists despite evident success. Impostors suffer from chronic self-doubt and a sense of intellectual fraudulence that override any feelings of success or external proof of their competence. They think they're a fraud or not enough, self-doubting themselves all the time, unable to internalize their accomplishment; however successful they are in their field. 

The Impostor Syndrome is common for achievers, those who get everything they want and are never happy.  It can also happen with people doing a career change or moving away to a different country and do...

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Negotiate Your Salary!

Believe me or not, most of the unhappiness found at work derives from a lousy salary negotiation in the beginning when you are still a candidate. After so many tests, interviews, assessments, and case-solving during the hiring process, the candidate’s anxiety levels are up to the top, so basically, it's not a surprise that after receiving an offer, the candidate tends to accept it immediately just as it is, without negotiating anything

I have worked in the finance department for several companies. Let me tell you something. Most large companies have budgets, which means they have ranges for hiring people and usually go for the lower range when making an offer. That's why you have to negotiate, because it may be the case that they are offering you their minimum possible. You don't know, so you accept it. After you join the company, you realize that your colleagues are less qualified or less experienced and earn a little more than you. That is when things start to...

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How To Overcome The Financial Fear of Changing Your Career

This is such a great matter and truly the biggest concern of a career change, especially at the middle-life, which is more or less my current case. My answer is based on 2 pillars: financial planning and purpose.

 

Pillar Number One, Financial Planning.

Since early childhood, I was taught how to deal with money. My parents had a good economic status, but we were not rich. My father was an executive of a multinational and used to do a monthly family meeting. During those meetings, he would address our balance sheet, cash flow, and even some kind of capital expenditure plan. I remember very well the lessons he and my mother gave me and my sister every time we wanted something. They had a growth mindset and were extremely focused on achieving their dreams. 

The first time I had to deal with a budget was at the age of 9. My sister and I went to Disney World in Florida - it was an international journey since we lived in Brazil at that time. We got a 2,000 dollar budget to...

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What is Wrong With Your Online Application

digital job hunting Jun 11, 2021

Are you constantly rejected after applying online? You’re not alone. There are so many technicalities to take care of nowadays. Competition is increasing and what you did in the past is not what will take you forward anymore. 

Here it is a summary of what I talk about in episode 8 of Live Mondays.

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Let’s check the 4 pillars of online recruiting processes.

1. Automation

• What: ATS - Applicant Tracking System.

• Why: time and money optimization.

• How: first CV screening to organize and harmonize your data; easier to be read.

• Where: almost all Fortune 100 (the USA and Europe).

• Curiosity: the largest ATS of the world is LinkedIn.

 

2. CV Checklist

• ATS-proof CV/resume: select all, Ctrl C, then ctrl V on a plain text document (notepad). Check if your data is understandable. If not, rework your template.

• General rule: 1 page for entry-levels and 2 pages for the rest. 

• Identify keywords on job posts and...

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How To Create Job Leads By Using LinkedIn

Instead of waiting for the perfect job post appear on your feed, why not be proactive and create job leads?

In this video, I use the 5W2H frame and apply it to develop your network on LinkedIn.

Check out my mind map with the summary!

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Networking

           •         What: get in touch with people to contribute to their needs. Ask how you can do that before asking for a referral.

           •         Why: Automation increasing in recruiting processes. More than 60% of new jobs are not even posted. Networking is still the best job opportunity generator.

           •         Where: LinkedIn. Filter your connections (hiring managers or recruiters) and reactivate those you...

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10 Tips to a Smart CV

cv Jun 07, 2021

Two years ago I edited my CV to start my job search in Italy. I was ready to re-enter the market after an international move and a sabbatical period. The first thing I did was reducing the size of my CV, which contained 4 boring pages. I googled for free tips that could help me rebuild my CV and found one that changed the way I thought about my CV.

 

In my mind, I had the wrong idea that my CV should contain all my work experience, regardless of how many they were and how much time had passed since the first to the last experience. I thought I had to reflect all my work contracts in 2 pages. And that was what I first tried, summarizing my 4-page CV into a 2-page one.

 

I confess I didn’t enjoy the outcome. I felt like I had so much more to show. I suppressed 10 years of working experience and felt really bad for it. But the argument for not having older than 15 years of experience in my CV was more convincing. The argument was the simple fact that a recruiter would...

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