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How to Remain Relaxed During a Panel Interview

By Dr. Rachel Abramson, Ph.D

Panel interviews can be really nerve-wrecking. All those eyes are on you! How can you keep your cool and put your best foot forward? This article provides five tips on how to relax yourself and put your best foot forward in the panel interview:

Tip 1: Research.

There are many avenues for research prior to attending an interview. Ideally, much of the research can be undertaken even before you have submitted your application. The balance can be undertaken when you know with whom you will be interviewed.

Your research may begin by finding out as much as you can about the company as well as the industry in which it operates. You want to know the key facts about the company, as well as any potential problems it might face. You will also want to identify what opportunities the company might be interested to tap into. The deeper you engage in research on the company and the industry it operates in, the greater your ability to identify potential problems and opportunities for that company. From there, you can consider how your unique set of KSAs (knowledge, skills and abilities) can be utilised to help the company overcome its problems and tap into potential opportunities. This component of your research can be undertaken before you even submit your application. The discussion you may have arising from this component of your research will enable you to really shine in the interview.

Once you have been formally invited for an interview, you can ask for the names of each member of the interview panel. With this information to hand, you are in a position to Google interviewers by name with a view to identifying any interests you may share. You may also want to identify accomplishments, publications and/or advocacy panel members may have been involved in. You can drill down into the aspects you most admire about each panel member. The knowledge you pick up about each panel member will go a long way to building a bridge between yourself and them.

Tip 2: Rehearse

Rehearse the interview with a trusted friend, family member or career counsellor. Doing so will give you a great deal of feedback on how you come across in an interview setting. Knowing how you come across, and having the opportunity to hone your answers will go a long way to helping you remain calm in the interview setting.

Another way of honing your interview skills is by applying for roles that you have no intention of accepting (i.e., "practice interviews"). In so doing, you can focus on developing your interview technique in a safe setting: Safe, in the sense that you do not care whether or not you are offered the role. The skills you develop by attending practice interviews will translate to being more comfortably relaxed and able to put your best foot forward at those crucial interviews.

Tip 3: Prepare

Prepare your outfit, materials and accessories the night before. In this way, you will feel more calm and relaxed, knowing that everything you need is ready to go. Whatever you need to bring with you on the day can be carried on your left side, leaving your right hand free to shake hands upon arrival. Doing so will leave you feeling organized and professional and will make a positive first impression.

Tip 4: Calm and Relax Yourself

It is useful to take the time to do some quiet deep breathing before you go into the interview itself. If you are travelling on public transport, you can do this while you travel. If you are driving, you can do so after you have parked your car safely. All you need to do is place your hands on your lap and do some quiet deep breathing for 5-10 minutes. If you have the time, you will find it even more beneficial to do it for 20 minutes. With each deep breath you take, your whole body receives extra oxygen where it counts. You will find that you feel more relaxed, calm, centered, empowered, invigorated and energized. You will also feel like the strongest and most confident version of yourself. That feeling will carry with you into the interview room.

Tip 5: Smile

You will find it helpful to smile at everyone you meet: The receptionist, each staff member with whom you cross paths, any contractors or clients that are onsite, the person who escorts you to the interview room, as well as each member of the interview panel. You will find that the more you smile, the more smiles come back to you. And, the more smiles that come back to you, the more relaxed and collegial the interview will feel like. So, be sure to smile often. At the very least, you can smile before answering each interview question.

At the end of the day, you can feel calm and relaxed, no matter how many people are interviewing you for that highly coveted position.

Do you want to know more? See my ezine article on "How to Handle the Stress of an Interview". You will also find more articles on this, and related, topics on both my websites

© Dr. Rachel Abramson, Ph.D. Organizational, Health and Counselling Psychologist, Career Counsellor and Hypnotherapist.

My higher order mission is to help people reach their full potential: Personally, professionally, entrepreneurially and money-wise.

Coworking 101: The Dos and Don’ts of Coworking Spaces


We’ve all had that co-worker we couldn’t stand.

You may have even found yourself wishing they would just get fired or disappear entirely.

They showed up late, left the microwave splattered with marinara sauce, and as far as everyone in your office could tell, only showered about once a week.

However, it’s not uncommon for co-workers to step on each others’ toes. In fact, as far as you know, you could be that co-worker.

The problem is, when you work with multiple people with all kinds of personalities, you’re bound to rub at least one person the wrong way.

However, regardless of the odds, you should do your best not to upset your co-workers.

Read on for our top 9 dos and don’ts of coworking!

The Dos and Don’ts of Coworking

While it seems simple enough to respect the dos and don’ts of coworking, it may surprise you how many people you rub the wrong way throughout the day. Sometimes, being a kind and genuine person isn’t enough.

A poor coworker can ruin a good space in a single day, and well-priced coworking spaces can be hard to find!

For more information on coworking spaces in Manhatten, check out Kettle Space!

1. Do Practice Good Hygiene

The is kindergarten stuff for most, but many people neglect their hygiene to the point of public concern. Even if you don’t think you need to shower every day, your co-workers may disagree.

The last thing you want to do is gross people out with your funk.

2. Do Cover Your Mouth When You Cough

We have all been told to cover our mouths when coughing and sneezing, but one in four people don’t!

However, it’s incredibly important that we do, as colds and more serious viruses such as the flu cans spread quickly through coughs and sneezes.

3. Do Respect Personal Bubbles

You ever have a friend or co-worker who stands entirely too close while talking to you?

It’s uncomfortable, to say the least. While it’s a societal thing that varies from country to country, we have to respect our country’s bubble standards, which is approximately two to four feet in working environments.

4. Do Follow the Rules

If you want the respect of your peers, follow the rules like everyone else. If you start acting as though you’re above them, you’ll ostracize yourself from the rest of the office.

Rebel at heart or not, your job is not the place. Show good coworking etiquette, accept and follow the rules.

5. To Be Kind and Courteous

This is among the most obvious of all dos and don’ts of coworking, it’s the golden rule. Treat others as you would like to be treated.

Be nice to your coworkers. First, because you are a good human being and they don’t deserve ill-treatment. Second, they will treat you nice in return.

6. Do Carry Your Own Weight

When you’re working within an office full of coworkers, don’t make them carry your weight. Whether in regards to important group assignments or simply cleaning up after yourself in the breakroom, carry your own weight

Your coworkers will begin to resent you if they notice you depend on them too much and won’t see you as part of the team.

7. Do Have a Tidy Desk

While your desk is your own personal space, don’t leave it a mess for everyone to look at.

First, right or wrong, they will judge you for it. Second, there is a strong link between clutter and anxiety. By leaving your desk messy, you are literally stressing everyone out.

8. Do Refill Anything You Use the Last Of

Is there anything more frustrating than going to the toilet only to realize someone used the last of the toilet paper and didn’t replace it?

Refill whatever you use the last of, it’s a major rule in the dos and don’ts of coworking.

9. Do Be Outgoing

Personalities aside, be outgoing and friendly. You don’t need to become best friends with any of your coworkers, just don’t seclude yourself from them.

Don’t be the weirdo in the corner avoiding eye-contact with everyone.

1. Don’t Bring in Stinky Food for Lunch or Snacks

It’s not your fault broccoli and Brussel sprouts stink, but you don’t need to bring them to work and heat them up in the shared microwave.

Remember, just because hard-boiled eggs are appetizing to you, it doesn’t mean everyone will enjoy smelling them!

2. Don’t Leave the Bathroom Without Washing Your Hands

Among the do’s and don’ts of coworking, washing your hands after using the bathroom could be listed in the top 10 do’s and don’ts of life.

It’s okay to judge someone if you watch them head straight out of the stall and back into the office without washing their hands. There’s no excuse for it.


3. Don’t Listen to Loud Music (Even in Headphones)

Most people prefer a quiet atmosphere devoid of distractions to get solid work done. However, many people prefer music. Thank goodness for headphones!

Although, you will occasionally meat that person who wears headphones but also wants everyone to know what they’re listening to. They either crank the volume up so much it blares through, or they sing along to whatever they’re listening to.

Headphones are designed for personal listening. Keep it to yourself.

4. Don’t Leave Messes in Common Areas

Don’t leave a trail of messes wherever you go. Clean up after yourself in the kitchen, breakroom, bathroom, etc.

Your coworkers will notice very quickly if you don’t.

5. Don’t Chew Gum Obnoxiously

In a close working environment, loud gum chewers are frequent offenders of the dos and don’ts of coworking.

It’s literally chewing with your mouth open with never-ending food. Don’t do that to people.

6. Don’t Use Inappropriate Language

There’s a time and place for inappropriate language. It’s not at the office. Very few people tolerate racial, sexist, or profane language.

Leave it for the bar or yelling at the TV when your team is losing.

7. Don’t Go Over Schedule on Shared Conference Rooms

Many shared workspaces have a shared conference or common rooms. If you are scheduled for an hour, cut it off at an hour.

Don’t be selfish, every minute you go over is a minute you took from someone else.

8. Don’t Bring Bad Moods to Work

While maintaining the good coworker etiquette of kindness seems like an easy one, try doing it after you’ve had a really bad day and Karen is sitting behind you chomping away on her gum.

It’s not her fault you’re already annoyed, so don’t take it out on her. Keep your bad moods to yourself, fake it till you make it if you have to.

9. Don’t Try to Sell Your Co-Workers Stuff

We all have friends on our Facebook that randomly fell into Thrive, Advocare, or Mary K. Every post they make becomes a sales pitch and you eventually unfollow them.

Don’t be that person at your job. Your co-workers can’t unfollow you at work, but they can stop being nice to you.

The Working Life

Life in an office can be wildly entertaining and exciting. Depending on your coworkers, you could find yourself really looking forward to work each day, or dreading it!

Just keep the dos and don’ts of coworking in mind so you aren’t the reason others dread great coming to work!

The Secrets to Finding an Executive Position While Still Employed

By Erin Kennedy 

Think Outside the "Networking" Box

There are so many different ways to network today. Nowadays, you don't have to post your executive resume bio online to get a job. The hidden job market is the best way to go about conducting a secret job search. By networking at professional events or through LinkedIn, you can find out about jobs you didn't even know were available. Even volunteering or being involved in your community can lead to new opportunities, so being active can move your job search forward as well.

Be Careful When Using LinkedIn

You obviously want to use LinkedIn when searching for a new job. However, updating your setting first is crucial. If you don't have your LinkedIn settings updated appropriately, your connections may be able to see every change you make. Chances are your co-workers, or even your bosses, may be included in your LinkedIn network. You definitely don't want them to see your update, your resume, or profile to indicate you're looking for a new job. When you're working on your LinkedIn profile development, alter your settings to ensure the wrong people don't see any changes you've made.

Strictly Confidential

It's important that you keep things under wraps, so to speak, until you are ready to make the move. So you need to keep things confidential. As mentioned, the best executive resume writers know how to effectively make a resume confidential. By using the term "confidential applicant" instead of using your name, you'll avoid showing up on your current employer's search for a new candidate. Also, not using your company's name anywhere on the resume is important. These are just a couple ways you can make your resume private, and a potential employer will understand why you're doing it.

Don't Use Company Time

This seems like a no-brainer but needs to be said. Job searches should not be done on company time. If your current boss finds out, there's a chance you could be fired. And if your potential employer finds out you're conducting your search on company time, they may think you'll do the same to them and not offer you a job. Do yourself a favor and only send out your executive resume bio when you're not on company time.

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5 Simple Employee Communication Ideas That Will Re-Energize Your Team


269 billion emails are sent worldwide every day. But busy employees are opening less than 25% of these.

There are better ways to boost employees communications in the workplace. And it’s not by sending more emails.

Read on for 5 creative ways to communicate with employees.

1. Go Digital

The office bulletin board is not what we’d label internal communication best practices. Especially when the board is crowded, full of boring text and stagnant.

But there are ways that you can improve your bulletin board with creative ways to communicate with employees.

One of them is by going digital. Digital signage can serve all sorts of functions such as highlighting company announcements, sales metrics, and job openings.

You can also use this space to display goals and various accomplishments in your workplace. Why not add in a motivational quote or two?

You can add in the weather, your social media feeds, and team photos.

All of this is how you can work to build a happy, positive work culture.

2.  Implement Chat Software

One of the best ways to boost employee communications is by setting up an internal chat.

Chat software like Slack, HipChat, and Yammer work to foster internal communications.

Your entire team will quickly become dependent on it to ask their peers questions, get status updates, and yes, send each other emoji’s.

In fact, consider creating a Slack channel for random stuff. Let employees post funny videos, silly news stories, and comments on the day.

This may build your employee’s sense of team unity more than team building exercises

Just make sure that your internal communications system is cohesive with your other systems. The last thing employees want is a clunky program. Consider Pipedrive Mailchimp sync to help your cloud apps work together.

3. Have a Way to Measure Internal Communications 

You may not be surprised to learn that over 60% of internal communicators don’t measure internal communications. That’s ironic, isn’t it?

But if you want to gauge how your internal communication strategies are working, you need to measure them. 

4. Set up a Wiki

A wiki page is an excellent resource for documenting procedures, projects, tasks and so on. There are countless ways you can use Wikis in your organization.

This is one of the easiest internal communication best practices. Once you set it up, you can rely on your team to contribute.

5. Gamification

Who doesn’t love a good game? You can use games as creative ways to communicate with employees.

Game-based learning helps employees retain new information, understand objectives and be rewarded for their efforts.

You can use games for individual projects, during mandatory training or workshops and even during the onboarding process.

if you implement a new system, you can set up a treasure hunt so that employees collect gems as they explore the new system.

Plus, games bring a fun element into the workplace. And happy employees are good for company culture.

Bottom Line on Employees Communications

There you go. 5 creative ways you can boost employees communications in the workplace.

Remember to ask employees for feedback. They’ll have many ideas on what they need and how they want to get those internal communications.