The Interview Process

​ So you got the call about the job. You’ve been scheduled for an interview. What’s next?  Do you sit and wait for the interview and just wing it? Or do you prepare for it? I hope your answer was to prepare for it. I’ve shared some basic ways to help you prepare for your interview. 

Step 1: Before the interview
Research the company
Go through the company’s website, editorials and annual reports. Read up on their ongoing projects, future plans and ultimate goals. Try to figure out the size of company, how many employees they have and what kind of work environment they offer. You’ll use this information to demonstrate your knowledge of the company during the interview.
Research the interviewer
If you are given the recruiters’ name beforehand, look into their social media profiles (Linkedin, Facebook, etc.). Try to find out their title, experience and overall personality. This will help you prepare questions and give you more confidence to face him/her in person. Keep all questions professional and not personal. 
Prepare questions
Prepare a list of questions to ask the interviewer. Ask about the role expectations, the culture, growth opportunities– anything that will give you a clearer picture of what it would be like to work for this organization. Asking questions shows you’re not only engaged in the interview, but interested and already thinking about your future with this company. Refrain from asking money related questions or when do you get your first vacation.
Prepare copies of important documents
Make copies of your resume/CV and other important documents (cover letter, list of references, etc.) in advance. You don’t want to be scrambling to get your documents organized the day of the interview! Keep your resume and other documents in a presentable folder. Don’t just carry papers in your hand.  Most recruiters will bring a copy of your submitted documents to the interview, but if they fail to, you’ll be a step ahead.
Step 2: Day of the interview
Dress for success
As a general rule, it’s best to dress in formalwear, or at the very least, business casual. Men, if you do not own a suit, wear a nice dress shirt and slacks. Women have a little more flexibility, but you can’t go wrong with a nice blouse, blazer and a long skirt (trousers are also acceptable). Accessories are fine too, in moderation. Neutral colors such as black, gray, brown and blue are suitable for both men and women.
Eat something
Too many candidates make the mistake of not eating before interviewing and suffer from a lack of attentiveness as a result. Before you go into the interview, eat a meal that contains vitamin E, omega 3 and antioxidants. This will improve brain functionality and help you stay alert.
Arrive early
Make sure to arrive at least 15-25 minutes before the interview begins. Arriving early sets the tone that you are a professional and will be reliable if offered the position. If you’re early you’re on time. If you’re on time, you’re late.  Don’t use your phone or other mobile devices to pass time when waiting. Instead, you should spend this time practicing your prepared questions and responses in your head.
Answering the questions
Speak clearly and with confidence when interviewing. Play up your strengths and translatable skills to show how you could be a potential asset to the target company. Keep your answers short, simple and honest. Don’t try to be over smart— instead present yourself as a confident and sensible professional. Never use slang words, clichés (ig. “I’m a people person”) or criticize a former employer when interviewing.
Step 3: After the interview
Leaving the Interview
After the interview has concluded, shake hands with the interviewer(s) and thank them for their time. If they don’t tell you when they will contact you going forward, ask about their expected decision-making period. Keep your head held high and leave with confidence.
Following up
After an appropriate amount of time (approximately 24 hours), follow up with the recruiter. Send each interviewer a thank-you note. 75 percent of interviewers confirmed that thank-you notes impact their decision process. So do yourself a favor and send a well-written, personalized response that reiterates why you’re the best candidate for the position.

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Business Interview (H.D. Campbell Productions)

Thank you H.D. Campbell for completing the business interview!!!!!

 

Business Interview

 

  1. What is your name? Henry “H.D.” Campbell
  2. What’s the name of your business? H.D. Campbell Productions
  3. How did you come up with that name? As an author I wanted to put all of my services into one umbrella. Hence, H.D. Campbell Productions.
  4. What exactly do you do? I do professional editing/formatting services, Public relations/marketing (for authors, artists, entrepreneurs and other professionals). Those services include marketing campaigns, video web and commercial spots, fliers, & other multimedia services. Through my company Hard Drive Publishing, I provide publishing services for authors.  I also have a production company called H.D. Television where my show THE AUTHOR’S CORNER W/H.D. CAMPBELL airs (YouTube: H.D. Television) in which many of my campaigns air in commercial form.  In the show, I interview authors/artists/community leaders etc.  I wear so many hats.
  5. Why did you choose to start this specific business? Ever since I got published, I realized the long journey as a writer until my first book got published. I call the journey long because I didn’t have the pleasure of the Internet or social media (because both weren’t as accessible as it is now) for my research.  I didn’t want anyone else to go through what I went through.
  6. What makes you unique among other business that are similar in nature? What makes me unique is that I can combine a lot of these services to keep prices low and give you the most maximum of service.
  7. Why should customers/clients choose to do business with you? I believe they should do business with me because I can provide professional service and with my background in media can assist in whatever they need.  Also as a 7 time author, I can use my editing skills help others.
  8. How long have you been in business? I’ve been in business over 16 years.
  9. What words of inspiration do you have for inspiring entrepreneurs? Take your time.  Know what you want.  Want it for yourself and don’t let others shape your dreams.  Dream but don’t dream too long.  There are times when you can take too much time to where your dreams fizzle out.  You must work on that dream daily until you’re able to finally see it come into fruition.
  10. How can you be reached? I can be reached either by telephone at 314-265-9169, by e-mail at hdcampbell3@msn.com. I can also be reached on Facebook at either H.D. Campbell, Author H.D. Campbell, or at H.D. Campbell Productions.  My websites are hdcampbell3.com, www.hdcampbellmedia.com, & www.harddrivepublishing.com.
  11. Anything else you’d like to share about your business? Office Hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Monday through Friday.  However I do work weekends and later so contact me and see.  Also you can watch the Season premiere of the Author’s Corner Friday July 15, 2016 and air every Friday on my YouTube channel at H.D. Television.  I always end every show and presentation with my catchphrase, Let Your Writing Fuel Your Spirit.

Migraine Awareness Interview

Migraines affect many people.  When someone is having a migraine, many times, those that don’t suffer with it don’t know how to act or treat the person.  Thank you for participating in the interview.

 

Migraine Awareness Interview

Thank you for participating in this short E-Interview. It’s greatly appreciated.

1. May we use your name or do you wish to remain anonymous? Yes, Parise Bailey

2. Do you or a family member experience migraines? Yes!!

3. How long have you been experiencing migraines? For over 25 years now

4. How severe does it get for you on a scale of 1-10? Several have seemed to go over 10

5. What works best for you when you experience a migraine? Catching it early and being quiet and reducing light and noise

6. How best do you prevent them from coming, if it’s possible? Decrease stressors and stay from too much cheese and caffeine

7. Is there anything additional you’d like to share with everyone? Keep a log of each time you have a migraine. Check over it and notice the pattern. If they are coming too frequently, go see a doctor and asked to be referred to a neurologist. You may have developed another condition such as TIA (transischemic attack), mini stroke which is what I have.

Lupus Interview with Selana

In my efforts to understand my Awareness topic of the month I’ve been doing research on lupus. In addition to regular research I decided to do some e-interviews.  The first one is Salena Bennett. She’s a very beautiful and talented young lady with an awesome spirit.

Thank you Salena!

1. Do you want me to release your name or remain anonymous?
Yes, you can release my name.

2. Do you have lupus? If not, does someone close to you have lupus?
Yes, I have lupus

3. When did you first find out you had lupus?
It last year around the second week of December

4. If you were old enough to remember what was your reaction?
I was doing my hair in the bathroom then all of a sudden it’s as if I couldn’t breathe. It felt like I was having a heart attack if that’s what’s having a heart attack feels like. I went to the hospital three times within December with the same symptoms. They keep saying it was an anxiety attack. The fourth time I went to the emergency room they actually did blood work and the doctor told me to go to my primary care doctor and get tested for lupus. I did and I was positive for lupus.

5. What’s the best way you deal with it on a daily basis?
Faithfully taking my medicine and exercising to balance the weight gain.

6. How would you describe lupus to others who know nothing about it?
Its my bad and good germs fighting in my body. So if you have a cold stay away or it could possibly kill me lol.

7. What’s one thing you would like everyone to know?
Just because we don’t look like we are sick doesn’t mean you can belittle our pain.

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Interviewing

Some recent events confirmed the need for me to complete creating my business seminars. Let me explain.

A company was doing mass hiring. However, vast majority were automatically disqualified due to dress, bringing children, or just plain ‘ol not following simple directions.

When you are looking for a job, putting in applications, or going for interviews there are specific things that need to be considered. After all, you are your brand. What does your brand tell employers?

If you have young children, consider who can care for them while you’re gone to your interview. It’s unprofessional for any job to take anyone with you period, regardless of age.  So what if your friend or parent have to take you? Have them wait in the car. You’re there for a job, not to hang out with friends or have a family reunion. This is your brand you’re representing.

Dress and grooming. I find it highly disappointing when a teenager dresses more professional than an adult for a job interview.  While yes, different jobs have different requirements.  For example, you can wear business casual to fast food, most retail businesses, construction businesses, ect. However, you have office jobs, executive type jobs, where business professional is the only way to go.  Under no circumstances is jeans, t-shirts, sweat pants, tennis shoes, house shoes, clothes with holes, or dirty clothes acceptable. If you are unsure, business professional is almost always safe. Again, this is your brand. Your dress and grooming represents your brand.

Follow simple directions. I do know and understand that sometimes nervousness or excitement may be a factor. However, it’s essential that when the hiring manager or interviewer give you specific instructions, you follow them.  What’s worse than showing that you can’t follow directions to get a job done? When they are telling you do something, listen, pay attention. If necessary, write it down, repeat it back to them or ask confirming questions.  Again, your brand is at stake here.

These are just three of the areas, but some of the most important. Everyone needs to make a living. Everyone isn’t cut out to be entrepreneurs. I get all that. Still, when applying for a job, you are your brand. What you do represents who you are. 

Be on the lookout for seminars coming your way soon!!!

Interview With Author Pynk

Author Pynk was our author for the month of December.  We read her books “Erotic City: Miami” and “Erotic City: Las Vegas”.  Pynk is based in Atlanta, GA.  This was my online interview with her.

1. What is your name and/or pen name?

My name is Marissa Monteilh (Mon-tay), but I write erotica under PYNK. I also write novels under two pen names that will be announced in 2015.

2. What type of books do you write?

I write women’s fiction and erotica, and I’m venturing into interracial romance.

3. What does your writing process look like?

I prefer to write late mornings until late afternoon. Early mornings are reserved for emails, marketing, etc.. Early evenings I nap. Once I’ve come up with an idea that moves me to no end, I develop a plot. Then I write a short synopsis. I develop the characters by writing character resumes, and then I write a 30 chapter outline as my roadmap. The outline can be as long as twenty pages. I then take a blank document and add the 30 chapter headings. I consider each chapter a scene. I then tackle whichever scene I’m in the mood for. It doesn’t even have to be sequential. This can take anywhere from two months to six months. My rewrites take a few months as well.

4. Do you have any strange writing habits?

Not necessarily strange writing habits, but I do have writing necessities. I must have an outline, I have to write in complete silence (not even music), I prefer to set a goal before I sit down and I try not to get up until I meet it, I prefer to write on my desktop, in my office, at home (not at a coffee shop or airport). Oh, also, I prefer to use a mouse. Okay, maybe that is strange.

5. What authors inspired you to write?

Terry McMillan showed me through her writing that there are people out here who look, and think, and act like me. She inspired me to try my hand at writing back in 1998. Her stories seemed so real to me that I believed I could create characters who could live out loud like hers did. That was my goal. So I sat down to give it a try and ended up with a major book deal two years later.

6. What do you consider your best accomplishment?

My best accomplishment is that I published my granddaughter’s book called Bailey and the Bully. To be able to publish her story using my knowledge and experience has been the icing on the cake of my career.

7. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In 10 years, I see myself retired, looking back and seeing that my book-babies are still entertaining readers. Yet I know that a bit of me, deep down in my soul, will be itching to create a new document of 30 chapters based upon some idea or title that I dreamed up. By then, I’ll hope that I’ll talk myself out of it before my characters talk me into it.

8. What is your least favorite part of the writing process?

My least favorite part of the writing process is getting to the point where I have 3/4 of the first draft done, yet I find that things have changed from my outline because the characters have driven the story, not me, and I must tie it all in before the next phase. Filling in those gaps and blending in those unexpected transitions is tough. But after that, it’s smooth sailing.

9. Is there one subject you’ll never write about? What is it and why?

I’ll never write about horror (I never go to see horror movies, I’m a chicken) or westerns or medieval romance. I like contemporary stories that focus on relationships and family.

10. How many books have you written?

I have written thirteen titles under Marissa Monteilh, seven under PYNK, and so far, one interracial romance under a pen name, so a total of 21.

11. When you write, how is your writing atmosphere?

My writing atmosphere is completely quiet. I sit at my desk and I face a window (in case I need to look out and further envision my characters). I usually have a bottle of water and a bowl of fruit on nearby. Later in the day, maybe even a glass of wine.

12. How long have you been writing?

I stared writing in 1998, so nearly seventeen years.

13. What are you working on right now?

Right now I’m finishing up my second, non-fiction ghost writing project, and I am very proud of it.

14. What suggestions do you have for new authors?
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New authors: Keep writing, study the craft, be willing to do your own promotion, develop a tough skin, and be patient.