Advice for Climbing Ladder from Clerical to Professional

Marlena writes:
I work at a large retail company. I have been doing clerical work but I am
now interviewing to be in the executive training program to be an assistant buyer.
I passed the first interview with the head of the program and now I have interviews
with three other people in one day! They call it career day where you meet with
people all day and attend seminars and such. What advice can you give me?



The Career Doctor responds:
The most important thing you can do is to continue to show interest and enthusiasm for the company and for the opportunity for advancement. You
will need to be “on” all day long because you’ll need to make a
positive impression with each person you interact with.
Here are the things I would work on for your big day:
First have confidence in yourself and your abilities. If you made it past the first
round with the head of the program the company obviously sees your potential.
Always remember that.
Second if you have not done so already prepare what some experts
refer to as an elevator speech about yourself. Have about a 15-20 second
speech about who you are and why you are a perfect candidate for the
training program. It’s called an elevator speech because it’s about the
amount of time you might have to impress someone you meet as you ride
up an elevator together.
Third be an expert on the company and the training program. Be prepared
to demonstrate what you know about the company and the training program
and why you want to do it. Information is power.
Fourth plan what you’re going to wear on the career day. Dress as formally
as possible — and know all the key rules of dressing for success.
Fifth get a good sleep the night before the big day so you will be mentally fresh
and ready to face all those interviews and seminars.

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Marlena writes:
I work at a large retail company. I have been doing clerical work but I am
now interviewing to be in the executive training program to be an assistant buyer.
I passed the first interview with the head of the program and now I have interviews
with three other people in one day! They call it career day where you meet with
people all day and attend seminars and such. What advice can you give me?



The Career Doctor responds:
The most important thing you can do is to continue to show interest and enthusiasm for the company and for the opportunity for advancement. You
will need to be “on” all day long because you’ll need to make a
positive impression with each person you interact with.
Here are the things I would work on for your big day:
First have confidence in yourself and your abilities. If you made it past the first
round with the head of the program the company obviously sees your potential.
Always remember that.
Second if you have not done so already prepare what some experts
refer to as an elevator speech about yourself. Have about a 15-20 second
speech about who you are and why you are a perfect candidate for the
training program. It’s called an elevator speech because it’s about the
amount of time you might have to impress someone you meet as you ride
up an elevator together.
Third be an expert on the company and the training program. Be prepared
to demonstrate what you know about the company and the training program
and why you want to do it. Information is power.
Fourth plan what you’re going to wear on the career day. Dress as formally
as possible — and know all the key rules of dressing for success.
Fifth get a good sleep the night before the big day so you will be mentally fresh
and ready to face all those interviews and seminars.

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