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6 Steps To Nailing Your Next Job Interview

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Two businesspeople shaking hands and smiling.At Independence Incorporated, we offer our clients Interview Coaching to better prepare them for the sometimes-tough task of interviewing for a new job. The entire interview experience can especially be taxing on those who are returning to work after a long layoff from the workforce. Our team helps clients with a number of effective interview strategies in order to help them rebuild their confidence and alleviate any anxiety.

For example, it’s important to remember that a good job interview doesn’t just involve the adequate answering of questions. In many cases, it’s helpful to ask questions too. Showing a genuine interest in the job that you are applying for can go a long way with an interviewer. Remember that you’ll often be competing against several other candidates who are vying for the same position. What will help you to stand out from the rest?

Here are six steps to nailing your next job interview:

1. Make a good first impression. You know what they say. You only get one chance to pull this off, right? Be sure that the first time your interviewer lays on eyes on you, he or she is impressed. On InCharge.org, Janet Farley discusses how you can pull this off. “Dress the part. Show up fashionably early for the interview. Wear a confident, not arrogant, attitude and be willing to put yourself out there for closer inspection,” she advises.

2. Practice makes perfect. This is another cliché that is worth its weight in the job interview department. Research the company you’re applying to and show that you are capable on answering questions about the industry. On Forbes.com, Trudy Steinfeld recommends that you “practice with others; familiarize yourself with different interview styles (and) anticipate and practice responses for difficult questions, so you won’t be caught off guard during the interview.”

3. Be sure to study your own resume. Embellishing your skill set on your resume isn’t your best bet. At some point, you’ll need to be able to back it up. Instead, be prepared to discuss the legitimate attributes listed on your resume. Farley offers advice about what to highlight: “What looks interesting and what doesn’t? Where can you add in examples of how you accomplished a particularly daunting task?”

4. Make an impression on those who aren’t even interviewing you. It’s always great to get a recommendation from others – especially those who already work for the company you’re applying to. “Be nice to everyone,” insists Steinfeld, “From the moment you walk in the building, smile, be respectful, personable and professional at all times. You want anyone who interacted with you to remember you in a positive way.”

5. Ask intelligent questions. We’ve already mentioned that this step is an important one in securing your next job. But it’s important to come prepared with the right questions to ask. Farley insists that you avoid asking “amateur questions” that are easy to find the answers to online. “To make the best impression, come prepared with a short list of real questions that can help you make a good decision about the job if it comes to that,” she advises.

6. Don’t forget to follow up. To show your genuine interest in a job position, you can’t just assume that the interview itself is all that you’ll need. Follow up shortly after. “Don’t make the mistake now of sitting by your laptop or phone waiting for that life-changing email or call,” says Steinfeld, “It’s over. You either nailed it or you didn’t. Lucky for you, however, you can still make a good impression by following through after the interview.”

For more information about Independence Incorporated’s Interview Coaching, please don’t hesitate to call us at 204-478-6644 or email info@indep.ca.

Describing The Importance Of Independence

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I'm free! senior man get up from wheelchair and throw away his walking caneThere’s a reason that our company is named Independence Incorporated. It wasn’t a name that we just settled on because we thought it sounded “official” or “prestigious”. And it also wasn’t a decision we fell upon because of its cool use of alliteration. At Independence Incorporated, we are firm believers in everyone’s right to be independent. And being united in this belief is what really helps to make our company name so apt.

Take a look at Merriam-Webster’s definition of “Independence”: “Not dependent: as 1) : not requiring or relying on something else : not contingent (2) : not requiring or relying on others (as for care or livelihood)”. Now take a look at Merriam-Webster’s definition of “Incorporate”: “To unite or work into something already existent so as to form an indistinguishable whole: to blend or combine thoroughly: to give material form; to embody.”

The way we see it, our work incorporates the appropriate programs and services that promote statuses of independence among the clients that we serve. Our company’s specialty is vocational rehabilitation. We provide a long list of helpful services that focus on enhancing the overall independence of our clients at both their homes and workplaces. In many cases, we assist those with making transitions from states of illness or injury to comfortable returns to the workforce.

As a result, disability management is a major component to the help that we provide. At Independence Incorporated, we are committed to fully implementing the human approach to all that we do. And that’s because we’re focused on helping people. There is an emotional side to rehabilitation that is as important – sometimes more so – than the physical rehabilitation that often requires assistance.

We are also sensitive to the fact that many of our clients are faced with limited financial resources. Again, considering the emotional side of every client’s situation allows us to manage rehabilitation in ways that are uniquely considerate. We’re happy to report that our services benefit a wide range of people. They include clients, referral sources, family physicians and treatment providers.

Clients. Naturally, our clients are very important to us. We understand that during their time periods of illness or injury, it is imperative that they focus on improving their health. At Independence Incorporated, we make it our duty to assist with this process in the most helpful and attentive manners possible. Our clients greatly benefit from the individualized attention that they each receive.

Referral Sources. We also service insurance companies and employers. Naturally, they each have obligations that they are contractually liable for. Under their contractual agreements, they are required to provide medical and vocational rehabilitation services to their policy holders and employees during their times of need. Our involvement allows for appropriate services to be offered in order to enhance recovery rates and maximize states of independence.

Family Physicians and Treatment Providers. We also must ensure that we are openly communicating with the family physicians and treatment providers that are involved with our clients. With the permission of our clients, we provide progress reports to their doctors and other health care professionals who are involved in the rehabilitation processes. It’s all about promoting their independence together!

For more information about our company, please don’t hesitate to call Independence Incorporated at 204-478-6644 or email info@indep.ca.