11 More Tips for a Successful Interview

I’m conducting interviews right now, looking to add a partner with whom to share my day to day responsibilities, evening and weekend call. The job description I created states clearly what the position entails and the qualifications / qualities of the successful candidate are.

Now that a few candidates have been interviewed, I thought it might be a good time to add to my previous post sharing “Tips for Success in Your Job Interview”.

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  1. Re and ReRead the Job Description. I highly recommend studying the job description, and visualizing yourself in the role. This provides a greater understanding of the point of view interview questions will be coming from, and allow you time to think of clarifying questions. You might also do an online search for descriptions of similar roles and how they function.
  2. Proofread your resume and cover letter for typos and grammar errors. Have someone who is a proficient writer also review and edit for clarity and polish. A good cover letter goes a long way in preceding your first personal meeting with a glimpse of your personality, intelligence, character, and heart.
  3. Come with additional resumes, letters of recommendation, or anything you think might be beneficial, but not overwhelming, to a first and second round interview. Offer them only if you see that it would be useful to do so, such as if there are interviewers present who have not seen your resume, you may offer them a copy.
  4. Jot down questions to bring with you to the interview. Practice these questions on someone who will provide honest and professional feedback. A question like “Why should I work for you?” may not be received very well if delivered in an overly confident way. Perhaps something along the line of “This position is of great interest to me. What will you offer as support for the new team member?”
  5. Really listen to the questions being asked and answer the question. If you don’t fully understand what is being asked, repeat the question in a little different way for clarification. Better ask for clarification than to respond to something that wasn’t being asked. Also, listen to what the interviewers are seeking to know. If you are asked how quickly you can arrive if called in, give the time it would take you if you hung up the phone and hopped in your car immediately. Then, follow up with a confirmation question asking what would be an acceptable length of time for arrival, in case you weren’t coming from home, you would know how far away you could be while on call.
  6. If you haven’t interviewed in awhile, by all means, practice with someone. Better yet, have them record your practice, and review how you come across together.
  7. When you’re asked to tell about yourself as the first question, you don’t want to spew volumes of your work history in great detail. Practice beforehand giving a one minute overview, highlighting accomplishments which would speak for your competence in the position you are interviewing for.
  8. While handshakes are good coming and going, they aren’t always necessary, and one that is too strong might not be received very well. If you’re going to shake hands, do so with the key interviewers.
  9. Always ask what the next steps will be, and the time frame for them. You may be the first to be interviewed, of which the first round process may take a few weeks. It’s good to know if you will be waiting a couple of weeks to hear for a second round interview, and who the second round will be with, so you can begin preparing right away. Make sure you let them know you are very interested in the position (if you still are) at the end of the conversation.
  10. Push in your chair once you have stood to leave. Thank the interviewers for their time, let them know it was a pleasure to meet them, and you look forward to hearing from them soon.
  11. Just like a good cover letter, a good thank you email later that day or the next morning will help solidify positive feelings about you, granted the interview went well. An excellent email thank you doesn’t require following with a handwritten note, unless it is of value as a function of the position.

Good luck!

If any of my tips help you, please come back to let me know!

Treat Depression by Correcting Metabolic Imbalances

The mental health of children and adolescents is now on the forefront of medical providers who are seeing an increase in depression and suicide ideation. With early intervention, many are helped through cognitive behavioral therapy, together with mindfulness stress reduction, regular exercise and alternative therapies like acupuncture and yoga, hoping to avoid medication unless necessary.

http://www.sarahchanaradcliffe.com/helping-depressed-child/

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have completed an interesting study of young people with significant depression who are not responding to therapy and medication.

“Identifying and treating metabolic deficiencies in patients with treatment-resistant depression can improve symptoms and in some cases even lead to remission, according to new research from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine published online today in the American Journal of Psychiatry. [Read more…]

Shoes for Comfort That Look Good

I’ve been looking for shoes for comfort that look good on my aging feet. This has had me on a focused mission for the past few years. When I started to work full time again, taking a position that requires a lot of walking, while wearing a dress or business suit, it didn’t leave my size 12 wide feet too many options. Trying shoe after shoe that felt great in the store and for the first few days, I would always end up with discomfort in my toes, or have a difficult time keeping them on. There’s not a lot of style choices in size 12, so sometimes I would try to squeeze into an 11 or use adhesive heel supports to make a size 13 stay on.

When I came to a point where I was in so much pain, with numbness in certain toes, I went to see my friendly podiatrist. And my podiatrist is very friendly, and teach-y. He has tons of photos on the walls of his exam rooms so you can try to figure out what you have before he comes in. I found my hammer toes, with photos of pins stuck in the toes with the pin coming out of the top of the toe, and was pretty worried by the time he walked in. He had a great big cabinet filled with all kinds of foot and toe support thingys. Very odd shapes, and designs to be sure. He gave me a couple to try out, of which one works great, but I need a bigger “toe box” as he called it, in my shoes, and recommended a few specialty shoe stores that would have the styles I need.

I ventured to Sole Comfort in Newport Beach, where I met the very patient and kind Jerry who helped me greatly. The first shoe he brought out came with the announcement that this was a new shoe in the store and selling out very quickly. I tried them on, and could see why – they were wonderful!

The brand is A’rcopedico,

From their website:

Arcopedico® is a high-quality women’s comfort shoe brand specializing in lightweight, anatomically-designed, arch- and circulation-supporting shoes that are hand-made in Portugal. Arcopedico® shoes are lightweight, colorful, simple, and with ageless designs are a versatile and smart choice for any woman’s wardrobe and lifestyle.

Arcopedico® footwear exercises the foot, strengthens the muscles, assists the circulation of the blood and ensures more comfort in walking.”

http://arcopedicoshoes.com/store/index.php?route=common/home

The most popular shoe in the line

 

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I purchased these – nice roomy toe box!

 

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And these – also with roomy toe box – very comfy!

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Cute – but not in my size!

 

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If you’re looking for snazzy!

Jerry said they are a great shoe to walk in all day, but not a “walking shoe” per se, like if you are going to power walk or hike. He recommends a tennis shoe for athletic walking. The shoes I purchased are good to travel, walk on cobblestones and are great for all day. And they are! I really like that I can get a little extra walking in during the day without changing to tennis shoes. I was worried that they would look very orthopedic, but not too bad! Even though the toe box is roomy, it doesn’t look clompy like a frankenstein shoe, so I’m happy. Hope this helps someone with foot issues who is looking for a comfy shoe!

Healthy Diet Keeps Aging Women Mobile

Who knew that a healthy diet plays such an important role in keeping women able to take care of ourselves and able to stay mobile as we age? Mobility is being able to complete your activities of daily living. Activities include maintaining personal hygiene, being able to move without impairment to shop and cook for yourself, go for a walk, or enjoy an active social life.

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Healthy Salad

“In a large study conducted by at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), researchers found an association between women who maintain a healthy diet and a reduction in the risk of developing impaired physical function as they age.”

Francine Grodstein, ScD, senior author of the study and a researcher in the Channing Division of Network Medicine at BWH made an appearance in the July issue of the Journal of Nutrition.  Her research gathered data from over 50,000 nurses from 1992 to 2008, looking at the quality of diet and the maintaining of independent mobility.

“The data indicate that women who maintained a healthier diet were less likely to develop physical impairments compared to women whose diets were not as healthy. They also found a higher intake of vegetables and fruits, a lower intake of sugar-sweetened beverages, trans-fats, and sodium, and a moderate alcohol intake, were each significantly associated with reduced rates of physical impairment. Among individual foods, the strongest relations were found for increased intakes of oranges, orange juice, apples and pears, romaine or leaf lettuce, and walnuts. However, researchers noted specific foods generally had weaker associations than the overall score, which indicates that overall diet quality is more important than individual foods.”

My Takeaway

I prefer apples, blueberries, cantaloupe and pineapple for my fruit. For veggies, it’s broccoli, asparagus, all colored salad greens (arugula, spinach, romaine, and butter lettuce), beets, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, and lettuce. It’s hard to keep away from the sweets some days. I will be adding walnuts now that I know they are the nuts to keep me moving!

 

(Quotes from Science Daily.)

Celebrating Accomplishments

Celebrating accomplishments is a definite must! One of my children has graduated college so let the celebration begin. I’m taking the grad (and his sister) on a little sight seeing trip we will all enjoy.

My goals for honoring and celebrating big achievements (like college graduation) – must be first rate, no worrying about diets, cost of a taxi, eating really low budget or staying somewhere cheap.

I’m saying how proud I am by treating him royally and creating an opportunity for making some fun memories. He gets to select where we go and where we eat each day, although I did do a little pre-planning as some sight seeing locations needed advanced reservations.

While I may skip a week of posting, I will share where we went and some of what we did when I return!

Congratulations to graduates everywhere!

Chocolate Prevents Insulin Resistance?

More findings about how great chocolate is for your health! A study from the University of Warwick has shown that daily consumption of chocolate – and I would guess it would be a darker chocolate  – can potentially aid in preventing insulin resistance and diabetes.

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Dark Chocolate Chips!

What a wonderful finding! I love chocolate – the darker the better – and I am seeing my hemoglobin A1C beginning to climb. If you haven’t had yours checked yet, you should. HgbA1C is a measure of how well your blood sugars are consistently controlled over a period of weeks rather than a one time blood sugar measurement. I shows how you are doing overall in trending toward diabetes or staying on the road of good blood sugar control.

These research findings from the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH), the University of Warwick Medical School, the University of South Australia and the University of Maine. [Read more…]

Blueberries May Help Relieve Depression

Depression is becoming more and more common, at younger ages. You don’t have to have been in combat to experience it. Many young people have faced traumatic life situations from family stress, bullying, to unexpected crises in health or relationships, and more. The skills and support needed for young persons to successfully cope with post traumatic stress, as well as for any one at any age, can be difficult to acquire. Pharmacological treatments have side effects, which can add to difficulty in coping and optimizing one out of depression.

http://worldtruth.tv/eat-blueberries-to-live-a-longer-life/

Beautiful, Healthy Blueberries!

Enter blueberries.

“For many people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), available medical treatments offer only limited relief. In a series of studies conducted in rats, researchers have found that eating blueberries could help to reduce the genetic and biochemical drivers behind depression and suicidal tendencies associated with the disorder.” [Read more…]

My Morning Routine for Success

How would you like to leave your home each morning relaxed and as fully prepared as you can be for the day ahead? Yes, we all know that unexpected happens, but if you have a routine it will provide the confidence and calm to withstand almost anything that comes your way. It will give you the best chance of a day that flows as peacefully as possible.

1. Rise & Shine. Awaken before the sun rises so I can watch it fill the sky with beauty. Take slow deep breaths, express gratitude for the day ahead, my health, and my eyes which are able to take in the beauty before me.

This morning’s beautiful sunrise!

2. (Optional) Oil Pulling.  This is something I put in my routine about a year and a half ago. My teeth are whiter, gums have stopped receding and are healthier, sinuses are clearer and I’m staying very healthy. [Read more…]

Online Shopping Tip

The other day, when I was in Costco for an eye exam, I had the most lovely experience! The waiting room was filled to overflowing, the wait long, but my optometrist had Andrea Bocelli playing which was very smart of her. Then I started to chat with a woman who was getting anxious with the long wait, as she needed to be home for her new dishwasher delivery. Which was the beginning of our conversation.

http://www.montvalehealth.com/womens-wellness/

Chatting in the Waiting Room

What woman does not get excited for a new dishwasher? Turns out she has three sons, one majoring in electronic dance motion, one wanting to be a professional drummer, and one hoping to be admitted to Juliard. She has her plate full. We had such a lovely and very funny conversation, with Andrea in the background, that when she was called I was very sad to see her go! [Read more…]

Autumn

Living in a drought-stricken area means we’ve had a few years of dry and warmer-than-usual weather. Believe it or not, we do get fall colors here when our normal cold, rainy season is upon us. This year, the leaves have dried up and died before they could turn a pretty hue of yellow, orange, or red.

Sigh. Sweaters, jackets. I do so love fall. Watching leaves turn their vibrant hues, then fall to the ground, calling in the coldness of winter, blankets, hot mugs of yummy drinks, soup, and chili.  Mmmm.

So here are a few photos I’m meditating on which help me feel like we’ve had just a little bit of fall! [Read more…]

What to Give for a Goodbye Gift?

Two colleagues have recently made decisions to move their careers forward in different directions. What do you give someone as a going-away gift?

One is from England, so I’m thinking maybe this sweet tea cup and saucer, with a sampling of calming teas…

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Lovely Tea Cup and Saucer – found on Etsy – click to purchase.

Or a lovely Sugar Scrub – maybe too personal? [Read more…]

Oil Pulling Results

It’s been one full year since I began oil pulling, and I’m very excited to share my results! First, this is what I have done for the past year, missing only one day:

First thing each morning, swished and “pulled” one full teaspoon of Organic Coconut Oil around and through my teeth for 10 – 20 minutes. (You can read more about the what and how of oil pulling in my post “Oil Pulling.”)

I must also tell you that after a few months, I had my teeth cleaned and my dental hygienist said my gums looked noticeably healthier, but I shouldn’t expect the recession to grow back.  She then had the oral surgeon stop by to examine my gums and provide a consultation. [Read more…]

Tour de Life

Each year, I enjoy following the Tour de France to observe the weeks of rigorous competition, yet more so for the scenery. There are the quaint little towns surviving hundreds of years and many wars, as well as the lush fields of flowers and row upon row of vineyards. The tree canopied country roads, narrow city streets and dangling mountain paths are relaxing, sometimes breathtaking, as I sit in my comfy chair with my feet up. I can’t even imagine the test of strength and endurance the riders go through day after day for three full weeks.

This year’s path traveled some very interesting terrain, and got me to thinking about the analogy to life. We are all on a “tour” or journey of life.

Everyone begins so beautifully, fresh as blossoming flower – or two!

http://madminerva.blogspot.com/2011/07/bonjour-2011-tour-de-france-is-here.html

Sunflower Fields Along the Tour de France

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Two Minutes to Health!

2 Minutes to Health!

You’ve heard that consistently sitting for extended periods of time is a death sentence, right?  Now there is a bright spot in that darkness, as a team of researchers from the University of Utah School of Medicine have discovered by adding a bit of exercise for as little as two minutes every hour, we can extend our life expectancy. If you’re anything like me, immediately a picture flashed before your eyes  of walking “vigorously” to the break room for a cup of coffee and pastry! NO! It means moving around expending a bit of energy for a couple of minutes, sans eating! [Read more…]

Probiotics = Less Sad Thoughts?

Probiotics = Less Sad Thoughts. How does that work?

Struggle with the “the cup is half empty” voices in your head? Tend to focus on unpleasant thoughts or feelings continually looking at the negative side of life? Besides snapping a rubber band on your wrist for each negative thought, there’s an easier way to set the foundation for more optimistic thoughts and conversations going on throughout your day. [Read more…]

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