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Quora is amazing!

By | February 15th, 2016|Career Coaching, Get inspired|

I have recently discovered Quora and it is so amazing that it has become my bedtime read every night. It does astonish me that people from every corner in the world ask and answer questions about literally everything! You get people from senior advisers to the WhiteHouse, to Sheryl Sandberg, Mums, Poets, University professors, or Hillary Clinton, answering questions of other millions people from anywhere in the world. Quora now claims that its site receives 80 million monthly unique visits, More on: http://www.digitaltrends.com/web/quora-says-its-site-is-accessed-80-million-times-a-month/ It is more than another social tool for self-promotion and Marketing but it has also at the same time got experts to engage in its rollicking conversation and thus generating searchable and authoritative answers to thousands upon thousands of questions—then it may someday grab more pageviews than Wikipedia by filling in the gaps that no encyclopedia could ever address. It is also very addictive and I have started contributing myself to a subject that I really understand. I hope my answers get to help jobseekers in Mumbai, Casablanca, Paris or London! Here are some of my Quora answers: https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-necessary-strengths-to-have-for-an-interview/answer/Kenza-Mekouar https://www.quora.com/How-do-I-prepare-for-an-interview-2/answer/Kenza-Mekouar   More will follow....

5 reasons why you should hire a career coach in 2016

By | January 20th, 2016|Career Coaching, Get inspired|

2016 is expected to be a challenging year for job seekers, with the London market becoming increasingly competitive amidst a slowdown in growth[1]. That said, the outlook for highly skilled individuals and managerial staff[2] is positive whilst at least a third of London-based firms are upbeat and expect to grow over the next 12 months. The key to securing a job in such a competitive market is to remain dedicated, prepared, and focused. The additional challenge is that most of you will also be working full-time when you embark on this journey. That is where a career coach comes in. Why use the help of a Career Coach: 1- A career coach is a qualified professional whose sole purpose is to help you secure the right job for you and whose goals are exactly aligned to yours. Relative to the potential benefits you will get from having a career you want, and the time it will save you, hiring a career coach is a small investment.  2- A coach will help you avoid many of the common pitfalls that elude so many newcomers to the UK job market. Indeed, as much as the UK market is efficient and transparent, it also relies heavily on personal networks and is very different to France and most European countries. In the UK, recruiting happens mainly through 3 avenues: personal networks/referrals, direct approaches from recruiters who specialize by industry, and through applying for advertised jobs. As you can imagine, your chances of securing a job through the first two are much higher as competition is likely to be more limited. This is just one example of the kind of tips a career coach may be able to give you. Also, a coach [...]

The Key Questions To Ask At A Job Interview

By | February 11th, 2015|Career Coaching, Get inspired|

First, remember: ‘You never get a second chance to make a first impression’. Many recruiters make up their minds about a candidate within seconds of meeting them. You have the opportunity during the interview to build on that potential positive first impression or to change their mind. Part of this will involve asking intelligent and useful questions. My clients always ask me whether they should ask questions. How many question? Too many might seem to question the role and challenge the person too much specially if it is the first interview. First, try to create and build rapport. Building rapport may be more important than impressing with expertise. The interview is often less about your factual knowledge, more about “what are you like to work with?” This is easier to convey if you are in a discussion (two-way questions) rather than an interrogation (one-way questions). You can ask questions about their questions, provided they are intelligent ones and not too many. How you use your opportunity to ask questions? You need to find out as much as possible about the job and the process, including success criteria, tasks/structure, why the vacancy exists, why (if relevant) the last person left and how long they were in the job. Examples of good questions: Why is there a vacancy? What is the make-up of the team in terms of experience? What is the culture of the team? Who is your manager? And how do you work together? What interesting projects do you have planned for the next 6 months What is the most important thing I could do in the first 90 days to help What do you think makes company x stand out as an employer? What strengths and [...]

5 tricky and basic interview questions YOU need to be prepared to answer

By | November 12th, 2014|Career Coaching, Get inspired|

Most of us are usually more prepared to answer questions about the job itself but not as much about ourselves. When you reach interview stage, candidates are more or less equivalent in experience and abilities. The big differentiator factor is the individual itself: its behaviour, story, and attitude! And how it all fits together within the company culture. I have been working as a recruiter for over 8 years and I have been asking all type of questions but it seemed that these questions are the ones who can break or make a candidate shine. There are no right or wrong answers but you should BE PREPARED and able to answer all of them truthfully and in a confident and articulate manner. So the one and only advice I give to my clients after hours of preparations and coaching is: BE YOURSELF. For the preparation bit, here is some help: 1- What do you think we have to offer you? I think this is one of the most important questions. The employer wants to hear your story. They are trying to test your fit for the role and understand why you are really interested in joining. They want the real story behind the obvious. They want the back-story. Is this a stepping-stone? Are you here just because you need a job, any job? Why are you picking this role in particular? What does it say about you? To best answer to this, is using the key characteristics of the company/ job as reasons why. Be cautious when citing advancement and great development as a reason – The company usually wants you in the job, the role description states and offering the ability to progress is important, [...]