If you can't see the light at the end of the tunnel,
Change your viewpoint,
Change your viewpoint,
Consulting companies who employ case interviews offer tips for preparing for this interview style. Since this interview focuses on problem solving, the key aspects are:
The case interview is typically used to show how you would interact with clients and organize projects. Treat the case interview as if it is a client problem or project proposal.
Some companies, like McKinsey & Company, offer sample cases. If your targeted employer doesn't offer sample cases, check for actual client or project stories under the "About" or "Services" tabs.
For additional tips on preparing, review these company pages:
Other companies, like Bain, also incorporate a case study as a written essay.
Review your prospective employer's career pages for information on their interview process. Also check sites like Glassdoor.com for other descriptions of the interviewing process with comments of other candidates.
Whether you are actively in a job search, preparing for a specific interview, prepping for an annual review, or considering your personal performance plan, it is a good idea to assess yourself first. Can you list your skills and strengths? Can you recall and communicate your accomplishments and contributions to your organization? Can you honestly assess your readiness to be successful in your current position or in your next position?
If the answer is yes, congratulations! Keep up the good work and keep moving yourself forward.
If the answer is no, sort of, not really, or something similar, here are a few ways to start.
Conduct a SWOT Analysis to assess how competitive you are
What can you do to maximize your strengths, take advantage of the opportunities, minimize your weaknesses and diminish the impact of threats?
For your career development plan, identify a skill or knowledge area that is weak and develop a plan to strengthen. Map out short- and long-term goals and objectives.
Considering Key Questions
1. What one skill do you possess that has most impacted the organization's bottom line/ability to deliver on its mission?
2. Which single project or task do you consider your most significant accomplishment this year?
Sometimes we need to pause from our day to day work to assess ourselves, our performance, and contributions. You can then use this information to talk about accomplishments or build a personal performance plan.
For additional career management and job search information, visit the Resources section.
If you don't know your skills and can't talk about them with others, how is your boss or a prospective employer supposed to see and understand your skills?
The advice and exercises in the Self Assessment page will help you identify your strengths, identify those skills you enjoy using, and describe examples of your work. These steps will ensure that you can offer proof of a competency.
If you are contemplating a larger transition, these steps can break what you accomplished out of the box within which you worked and reframe them for the new field.
What are your first thoughts about what you do best? Make a list that is a working document, a list you can continue to add to. You can use the Transferable Skills List PDF, linked from the page, as a prompt for skills you may have forgotten from your earlier list.
List your accomplishments (from your work history to volunteer activities; for new graduates, write down your leadership positions in college organizations). The Transferable Skills in Context PDF, linked from the page, can help you remember your accomplishments and write your stories
List examples of work and note the value of each example to current and past organizations, within and beyond the scope of your position. Think of as many examples as possible that you would like prospective employers to know about.
These skills and stories are then used in your verbal and written communication to exercise your strengths, competencies, and their potential benefits to an employer.
On of my favorite career and networking related books is "Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking" (1) by Susan Cain. As someone who has struggled with networking, Cain's stories and tips are enlightening and invigorating.
If you struggle with networking, this is the book for you.
The strategies I've incorporated into my own life and share with clients include:
* Give yourself permission to grab some quiet time before and/or after networking.
* Set small and reasonable goals for yourself. I usually set the goal of meeting at least 2 new people at a meeting or sitting with people I don't know at meals.
* Develop positive networking habits similar to positive eating and exercise habits.
* Use your own strengths to excel in networking and leadership.
Read "Quiet." Get inspired. Make networking your own.
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(1) Cain, Susan. (2012). Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking.
Explore what alumni are doing and identify alumni in targeted fields.
(1) Go to https://www.linkedin.com/alumni. The link will jump to your most recent institution. If you wish to explore alumni insights from a different institution, click the blue "change university" button on the left.
(2) You can search by geography, employer, industry, field of study, skills, and connection. By clicking on a bar in the graph, you can filter results by that area. You can also use the search boxes to find specific matches.
(3) Profile cards of alumni matching your filters and search term appear below the graphs.
A few weeks ago when I discussed the LinkedIn Alumni Insights with a client, we discovered that /alumni linked with the full school profile instead. While /alumni has been switched back to linking directly with the insights, if it gets "lost" again, search for a school. Then go to "Career Insights" section, about a quarter of the page down. Click on "See all career insights."
Are you bringing your strengths to your career?
In this blog, I'll share strategies for focusing on your strengths to increase your success and satisfaction with your career. We'll discuss tactics to incorporate into your career transition.
If you need quick answers to interviewing, networking, and job search questions, check out our Resources.
If you need help getting started or with implementing your career transition, contact me about coaching.
Julie L. Bartimus,