Interview Tactics for Tough Questions: Especially for ADHDers

Interview Tactics for Tough Questions: Especially for ADHDers

Interview Tactics for Tough Questions: especially for ADHDers

How do you answer this interview question that is so commonly used?

What are your weaknesses?

For someone with ADHD this question can seem so clear and easy to answer. In fact, I have had clients tell me that they readily gave the good, bad and ugly during their interview which led to 0 follow up interviews. Why?

Though this question might look simple, it is a tough one that requires a detailed and well-thought answer because good intentions of being honest could point out flaws that may stop you from getting the job.

You would think an employer would like honesty and knows that no one is perfect. But the purpose of this question goes deeper than looking into honesty.   It is about perspective.

That is why it is very important that you get yourself prepared ahead of time while on a lookout for a job and remember that when an employer asks of your weaknesses, they are not interested in the negatives.

They really want to know how adaptable and effective you are at making yourself a better person.

Here are more common interview questions and how to deal with them in a job interview:

How well do you work under pressure? We are on a tight schedule and have deadlines to complete projects.

  • Time management

So many job seekers and even professional experience difficulties in managing their time and completing their to-do list within eight hours of work. Talk about prioritizing and pinpointing the most vital task of the day and tackling them first. Talk about your strategies on what works for you and focus on solutions.

  • Deadlines & Procrastination
    Just like time management, procrastination is also a weakness which makes you put off a job because you aren’t prepared mentally for it. Frame your response to this and put you in a positive light. Discuss how you take actionable steps by dividing your task into smaller chunks so that the project doesn’t seem too overwhelming. Or how you reward yourself for completing difficult tasks. Focus on what works for you to get motivated when it is daunting.   This exercise may just reinforce what to actually do by creating a positive mindset to get it done.

How do you handle stress in the workplace?

  • Stress
    Getting stressed at the workplace is natural. The key here is to talk about how you handle stress and not let it get in the way of your work goals. What do you do to help manage your stress levels?   Discuss what you do like: yoga, meditation, running, walking, team sports etc. You could give an example of a situation of how you handled yours stress in the past in a positive light.

Tell me about yourself

  • How do you work with people? Are you an introvert or extrovert?
    If you say that you are an introvert and like to work alone, this may come across negative and be a deal breaker. Personality is important in the workplace and seeming aloof or withdrawn around people who are outspoken could appear to be a weakness. But personalities in the workplace should be balanced with people who compliment each other.   If you have a big project and need it to get done, it would be difficult to get anything accomplished with a lot of outspoken leaders without a solution-oriented person. Talk about how you balance a team with careful thought out solution oriented discussions. You like to reflect on best ways to handle situations or that you are a quiet leader who leads more be example than saying.

You cannot possibly predict what your questions will be at an interview. Most employers seek a capable team player who will enhance the workplace environment.   The key is to show how you could fit in with their organization, strategize problems and be someone who is reflective striving for self-improvement daily.

Now go Land That Job!

Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges associated with ADHD, PTSD, Stress, TBI’s and ASD find careers they will love and land them. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about Or sign up for the weekly blog and learn about my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.

 

Unleash Your Hidden Talents Through Negative Feedback

Unleash Your Hidden Talents Through Negative Feedback

Discover Hidden Strengths In Negative Feedback

I have been told that I am bossy and controlling!  Boy did I want to just quit pushing for my goals and hide out after hearing that a few times.  Thankfully, I didn’t or I would not be coaching clients today! Instead, I have embraced my leadership qualities and help people chart their personal course to their success.

Negative feedback often leaves your self-esteem wounded; it makes you feel like your inadequacies have been put on the spotlight.  When this happens, you naturally get defensive either by beating yourself down mentally, or you resort to attacking the source of the negative criticism.

Feedback from others is one fundamental way of finding out your capabilities and what you are missing.

To succeed in what you do, you cannot only rely on doing and improving on what comes easily to you (that is, your strengths); you will also need to need to acknowledge your weaknesses and learn how to manage your weaknesses to uncover the hidden strengths within them. The ability to do this can help you to realize your potential and boost your confidence enabling you to operate at a higher level necessary for unearthing the strengths from the weaknesses.

What Are Hidden Strengths?

Hidden strengths refer to those talents, skills, and abilities that are not seen at first as perceived weaknesses mask them. They remain hidden because they are generally unrealized, underdeveloped, and underutilized.

What was once a weaknesses is now a strength!

The process of discovering your hidden strengths often begin with adjusting your self-perception, as the belief you have about your strengths and weaknesses most times “puts you in a box,” limiting your belief system. A shift in self-perception is necessary to create a boost in your confidence about your ability to improve on those weaknesses you have to unleash your hidden strengths.

Here are 3 weaknesses shifted to show the hidden strengths:

Perfectionism: Being a perfectionist does not necessarily make you a weak person; it only means that you move through or do your work differently than others. The perfectionist’s ability to focus on small details is an asset to you, as you can spot little critical information other people may have missed. A perfectionist is always the one to identify anything that seems off as well as connect the dots on issues.

The strength of perfectionists is evident in their “insistence” at being thorough about work and other life processes. A perfectionist is never satisfied until every detail about a project or event has been sorted out and every eventuality prepared for adequately – This in itself is a demonstration of an invaluable strength.

Sensitivity: Sensitive people often make exceptional team members as they tend to take into account the feelings of other people. They do not talk down to other team members; instead, they promote the contribution of opinions and views by every team member. A sensitive person can even go as far as taking the blame for the group when things go wrong. This supportive strength of sensitive individuals is crucial for maintaining harmony in the workplace when appropriately harnessed.

Domineering: Dominant people display self-confidence that often comes off as arrogant or bossy; their style of communication is direct and blunt, and they tend always to take the lead in situations. They monopolize discussions and are often quick to reach decisions without seeking the inputs of others.

Nevertheless, as cynical as the stance of dominant individuals may seem, they possess some substantial strengths. Domineering people often make good leaders, especially in crises situations, as they are excellent at handling stressful situations. They are never afraid to take risks; instead, they stay enthusiastic, even in the face of new challenges. The determination trait which dominant people have is expressed in their level of energy and ability to encourage other team members to stay focused on performing their tasks and responsibilities until the set goal is achieved.

No doubt, negative feedback, whether from others or you through the perceptions you have about yourself can leave you feeling deflated and unmotivated, but what you do with that information is crucial to how far you can go and how much you can achieve.

Adjust your self-perception about your capabilities and inadequacies.

Develop a realistic approach to doing those things you believe you can do with optimism.

Go ahead unleash your hidden strengths and soar.

Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges associated with ADHD, PTSD, Stress, TBI’s and ASD find careers they will love and land them. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about Or sign up for the weekly blog and learn about my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.

Late, Careless & Unreliable? ADHD Problems

Late, Careless & Unreliable? ADHD Problems

ADHD impacts every area of a person’s life, affecting their attention, ability to sit still and self-control. It can also affect a person’s job and result in low productivity as well as a strained relationship with employers and colleagues. Here are some challenges that people with ADHD have on an on-going basis that affect their employment with a few tips on how to deal with them.

Lateness to work

People with ADHD have a distorted sense of time, which makes it appear like time is either too slow or too fast. This usually results in lateness to places such as work.  If you are trying to advance in your workplace there are several strategies to help you.

·      Get ready the night before

·      Set multiple alarms to remind you of the things you need to do every morning.

·      Establish a daily routine and stick to it

These simple things can help you get to work on time each morning.

High absenteeism

Most employers don’t have issues with workers missing a certain number of work days each year, but it can become an issue when it becomes excessive. For people with ADHD, it’s common to experience feelings of sickness and fatigue due to heightened sensitivity.

Be mindful of your health

·      Eat healthy

·      Track you sleep cycle

·      Use strategies for maintaining your mental health

Set monthly goals to review how often you’re absent from work, and make sure you reward yourself for pushing through the days you wanted to call in sick.

Frequent mistakes

Since people with ADHD tend to procrastinate often and arrive late to work, it’s not uncommon for them to experience anxiety and rush things to meet deadlines. Other times, they can get lost in thoughts and lose track of tasks while working, and in both instances, there’s a high tendency for mistakes to occur.  Most of the clients I work with when asked to proof read something can find their own mistakes.  Here are a few ways to  avoid frequent mistakes.

·      Take a deep breath and S L O W down when typing an email

·      Start a project early

Often just the start of a task will get you motivated and leave plenty of time for edits without the stress to get it done.

·      Break the project into smaller tasks

The perceived reduced level of work involved often can help with quality of your work.

·      Always finish with a self-mandatory final edit.

·      Use your resources

Ask a friend to check it over for mistakes before completing it.

·      Sticky notes

If you’re delivering the project via email, put a sticky note on screen to remind you to double check for mistakes before hitting the send button.

Hard time transitioning

Chances are good that while you’re working, you might experience distractions which could be a notification from your social media account, a colleague or happenings around and so on. Many people with ADHD find it hard, getting back their flow after being distracted, leading to wasted time.

Identify what is most important and takes the longest

I suggest that people tackle the most daunting tasks first that consumes the most time.

·      Create the space to make it happen.

·      Turn off your phone,

·      Put headphones on with music that motivates you,

·      Pick a time that is your most productive time of day,

·      Use a Do Not Disturb Great Things are Happening sign

I find the do not disturb sign can be a great cue for others to not break that focused time for you and can be motivating for others to go do great things too. I have even seen offices have a set time of day that is known as the quiet zone to get great things done.  Employees appreciate that dedicated uninterrupted time and it becomes “catchy” creating a great productive vibe.

Lack of dependability

People tend to have less confidence in other people who cannot turn in a project in good time or arrive late to work. Are there other reasons why you think others find it hard to depend on you? Write them down so you can work on them.

·      Write it down- todo lists really work!

·      Live up to your promise

·      Limit commitments

There are several ways through which you can become a dependable person, and the first is to own up when you fail to follow through on something. Live up to your promises. Do you over commit? So make sure you have sufficient time and energy before you promise to lend a helping hand to your colleague. Set a to-do list of what you need to do each day and be sure to include the commitments you’ve made. If you make a mistake or you’re unable to make good your word, accept the responsibility and offer to make it up to them.

Intentions are powerful

Just by making a conscious effort in all of the above-known issues that come up with ADHD can set the intention for change and improvement to follow. You have made it a priority, and just that act will help create positive changes that people will start to notice!

Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges associated with ADHD, PTSD, Stress, TBI’s and ASD find careers they will love and land them. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about Or sign up for the weekly blog and learn about my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.