If you are like many people trying to find a job at the moment, you will understand it is not easy. You have the perfect resume, perfect cover letter and have found your ideal job ad. Now all that stands in the way of you and getting that job is the first interview.
Traditionally you would dress up real nice and attend a face to face interview, but in our current environment, interviews online are becoming the everyday, practice of many organisations. There is debate as to whether online interviews are the best way to hire someone. However, it is agreed they are a better indicator than a phone call. Regardless of the debate they take the same amount of time yet can be more efficient and economical. Therefore, it makes sense for an organisation to use online interviewing to shortlist candidates.
Online interviews can be fatal if you are not prepared and many people are failing these interviews because of a few simple mistakes.
Below are five fatal mistakes people are making in online interviews:
- People have become comfortable working at home, that they have forgotten that an online interview is the same as a face to face interview. Therefore, it is essential to dress the part, and not just half dress. If the attire for the job is a suit. Then wear a full suit, including the shoes to the online interview. Even if the they can’t see your full dress you will be more confident if you are in pants than PJ bottoms.
2. Make sure there are NO distractions. Working from home has been a challenge for a lot of us, with kids, pets and other distractions bombarding our meetings, most managers are forgiving. However, this is not the case during an interview. You would never bring your cat or children to a face to face interview, so please do not let your cat walk across the screen in the middle of your interview or have your children screaming in the background. When you accept an online interview, find a place free of distractions.
3. Know what’s on your resume. A useful handy tip is to tape your resume up on the wall behind your screen. Therefore, when prompted you can refer to it if asked a question. Resumes can be very impressive, but if you don’t know what’s on it that can be a fatal mistake.
4. Ensure your technology is working correctly, and that you are familiar with the technology. A excellent way to impress the person interviewing you is to know your way around the online meeting platform. Many companies these days want you to conduct or be involved in meetings online. This a perfect way to see if you know your way around online meeting platforms such as Zoom and test out your computer skills.
5. Make sure you are well lit, and your face is centered. Sitting in a dark room or with the sun behind you is a bad idea and can cast you into darkness. Sit up straight and if possible look into the webcam. If you are sitting too high or low, you risk having parts of your face cut off. Check all of these things prior to starting the interview, preferably the day before.
All of these mistakes are avoidable as long as you do a little groundwork before your interview. We can’t always rely on a good internet connection and if you do have poor internet, try to arrange the interview somewhere with a better internet connection or use hotspot on your phone.
Fixing these fatal mistakes before they arise will make you look more professional and less distracting for the interviewer. All you need now is to impress and get that job. GO FOR IT.
Be the Best Version of Yourself
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In Victoria Australia we have been in lockdown for what seems like a lifetime, going into our third month since the second wave hit. Being stuck at home for both work, exercise and personal can really take its toll on your motivation to exercise. The gym has been closed since March, which means I have not been able to do the one thing I love the most, and that is lift weights.
During the first few months of this year, I too lost my motivation to exercise, I tried really hard, but there is only so much I can do without weights or gym equipment to keep me inspired.
The lack of motivation, coupled with lockdown lead me down a path of despair and lack of self-respect. My nutrition took a nosedive and I was eating more calories and drinking lots of energy drinks. My job had also changed, and I found myself sitting at my desk for extended periods of time than I did when I worked at the office. Before I knew it, I had put on a stack of FAT.
On top of all of this, I found out my Triglycerides levels were very high. I had lost touch with the athletic, fitness guy many of my friends have come to know me for. This was a pinnacle moment for me, and I had a choice to make. I could continue down that same path and end up with a heart attack, diabetes, or a stoke or I could make the change NOW.
I choose the latter and after examining myself in the mirror, naked, 😉. I found the motivation I needed to make a change. I absolutely appreciate that it may not be that easy for you. However, the only way to find the motivation to achieve your goals is to want it badly enough you will sacrifice anything to achieve it.
Here is what I did. Firstly, I made some new goals.
My new goals are:
- Drop weight (fat) my goal weight 86kgs
- Reduce my Triglycerides levels to safe levels
- Get my six-pack back, only see my two-pack now ☹
Next, I made a list of all the things I needed to do to achieve my goal, this is where the sacrifices come in. As I am a Personal Trainer, I know a thing or two about getting a six-pack. However, I researched the internet for tips and information on Triglycerides levels see https://www.mayoclinic.org/.
What I discovered was that I needed to drastically change my nutrition and fast. Here is my list of what I loved eating but gave up ❎:
❎ Energy drinks, Sweets, Chips, Processed Meats (Salami, Bacon, Ham and Prosciutto).
Here is what I replaced:
✅ Bread to Mission wraps (2 meals a week)
✅Chips & Sweets- Nuts
✅ Pasta and Potatoes reduce to half potions and only 2 meals per week
✅ Energy Drinks- Black coffee or Pre-Workout
On top of all of this, I have increased my consumption of fruits, vegetables as and water.
The sacrifices are working, and I see a dramatic difference visually, on the scales and through measurements. Although there is a drawback, I am hungry all the time, I am drinking more water and snacking on nuts to overcome the hunger pains. If it gets too hard and often it does, I have a cheat meal and DO NOT regret it or fall off the wagon. Particularly important to know because, changing your bad eating habits is hard, and reducing your calories is even more challenging. But what is better staying the same as you are now or becoming an even BETTER VERSION of YOURSELF?
I know what I want, and I am going after it. If you need added motivation here are a few websites I find inspiring and my go-to for all things exercise, and nutrition
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Be the Best Physically
Here are some tips to start your fat loss journey. ( I started 2 weeks ago at 95.3kgs- today 88kgs) An important thing to remember is that fat will come off every part of your body so do not get discouraged if your are not seeing results in the mirror straight away, eventually you will so keep going.
Tips 1. Start slow to reduce the chances of failure
Tip 2. Eliminate three (3) foods this week from your bad food habits list- start with starchy white foods, I have dropped Bread, Pasta and Potatoes- please do the same
Tip 3. Exercise 4 x 15 minutes blocks , go as hard and as fast as you can
Tip 4. Do as many sit ups, crunches, planks tummy exercise as possible (Although tummy exercise will not burn tummy fat, when the fat is gone you will have an amazing torso worthy of showing off), also having a tight core can assist with posture and the illusion your tummy is smaller.