Monthly Archives: September 2012

How to Ace Your Job Interview

RULE #1Until an offer is actually made, the job interview is always, always, always about the hiring company, not about you – the job candidate!

At the end of the hiring process, of course, you will need to be as sold on the company, your future boss, the team and the company’s culture as much as they are sold on you. However, until you actually become the candidate of choice, like it or not, it is your responsibility to do 100% of the selling. Until that time, it is about the company’s needs, problems and challenges and, and in particular, how you may be a solution to those needs, problems and challenges, not about your job needs/desires.

RULE #2 – The objective of every interview is to get the next interview.

Until the final interview, the objective of every interview is simply to get the next one. Only by doing that can your candidacy advance to the finish line. In fact, if a company ever wants to make you an offer after just one interview, proceed with caution. Why is the company so anxious? Is the job for real? In turn, at the end of each interview, don’t “close” on the job, either. The company will wonder why you are so anxious. Instead, at the end of each interview, close on the next step. For example, at the end of the initial telephone interview, ask a question along these lines: “Based upon our conversation today, is there anything that would prevent us from meeting face-to-face?”

RULE #3 – Avoid casting “Shadows on the Wall.”

Never, never say or do anything negative during the interview. This is what is referred to as casting “shadows on the wall.” Here is an example: Suppose the hiring manager asks why you would consider moving a thousand miles to take a new job, if it was offered, and your response was something like this: “I need to get as far away from my present job as possible because my boss and I are constantly at each other’s throats.” Ouch! You’d be eliminated on the spot, at least in the hiring manager’s mind. Remember, when it comes to a job interview, anything you say or do can and will be used against you!

RULE #4 – Adopt the Boy Scout Motto.

The Boy Scout motto is “Be Prepared,” and that is certainly what you better be when you go into a job interview today. Be prepared to anticipate most questions you can expect to be asked during the interview and then answer those questions very succinctly, powerfully, and in a way that will clearly brand you as being a candidate that at least has potential value to the hiring company.

RULE #5 – Everyone—and I do mean everyone—listens to radio station WIIFM.

Yes, the most popular, most-listened to “radio station” is WIIFM, “What’s In It For Me?” You would be wise to keep that in mind when dealing with other people, especially hiring managers! Show genuine interest in the hiring manager (and the company he or she represents), and the way you can accomplish that is by having done your homework. Did you, for example, Google® the hiring manager? Did you research him or her on LinkedIn® or ZoomInfo®? Did you read the latest press releases from the company?

The candidate who shows interest, knowledge and curiosity during a job interview is the candidate most likely to be branded new, different, better, and you should know the positive implications of that kind of perception.

RULE #6 – Amp up your energy!

It’s certainly not necessary (or desired!) that you appear to be “over the top” during a job interview, but clearly you should be at your very best and on high alert! After all, in a sense, you are the “main attraction” here, and no hiring manager I’ve ever known wants to hire a dullard or a bore.

RULE #7 – Never appear “stand-offish” or play “hard to get.”

Demonstrate genuine interest in and commitment to getting the job by immediately sending a “Thank You” note to the person who interviewed you. If possible, make the note both personal and professional, by picking two to three points from the conversation and highlighting them in your “Thank You” note.

If time is not of the essence, your note should be handwritten and sent via USPS (“snail mail”). Email should always be your second choice for sending the note.

Remember, though, once you send the “Thank You” note, any immediate, additional follow up attempting to “nudge” the process along, such as leaving a voice mail and saying something like, “Just calling to follow-up on where things are in the process,” etc., weakens your position. Seven to ten days after the interview, if you still haven’t heard anything, an appropriate follow up could consist of an email in which you mention something about the company, e.g., “Pam, I don’t know if you saw the attached article on the new disinfectant XYZ company is coming out with or not. Here’s the link in case it is of interest. . . .”

RULE #8 – Practice, practice, practice, and then practice some more.

Look at a job interview the same way an actor or actress looks at a play or movie audition because, after all, that is precisely what a job interview is, an audition to see if you can “get the part!” Record your answers to anticipated interview questions and then play them back. Video yourself and then watch how you will appear to others. If you’re like most people, you won’t believe how you sound and look before practicing and honing your skills.

“You only get ONE chance to make a good first impression.”


Management of Stress & Anxiety Through ACT

According to a 2009 survey by the American Psychological Association, 75% of adults reported experiencing moderate to high levels of stress in the past month, which may cause multiple physical effects such as insomnia, anger, irritability, fatigue, headaches, sadness, depression and upset stomach. 

Would you like to learn ways to manage stress effectively?

Register today for this Fox Army Health Center Passport to Wellness Lunch and Learn series, which will introduce you to techniques of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for management of stress and anxiety.

Stop surviving your life… Start living your life. Get ready to take
a different perspective on your problems, your life, & the way you live it.

Session 1-5: October 11, 18 and November 1, 8, 15

  • Where: Fox Army Health Center (Fox Den – small side)
  • Time: 12:00 – 13:00
  • Audience: Everyone
  • Presented by:  Jeannie Johnston, LCSW  & Jana Lovelace,  Psy.D.
  • POC: Mary Bouldin, RN, 256-955-8888 ext 1429

CE’s will be available for Nurses and Social Workers.

Please return completed registration form to the Wellness Clinic.  

Participants who attend all six sessions will a certificate of completion.

Stress affects everyone, this is an opportunity to learn about a different way to handle it and get on with your life. Don’t miss out!

Want a Job? Nexus Offering A Way Into Energy Field

Nexus Energy Center is launching their Energy Connection program that will offer various energy certifications – aka a way into the ever expanding energy job field.

The introductory luncheon has been postponed until Spring next year. There will be community leaders speaking, our own President Will Webb will be there talking about entrepreneurship along with Dr. Wardynski, Huntsville City Schools’ superintendent, and John Allen from Southern Construction.

Perk: First 50 Veterans and first 50 Drake students get in FREE!!! So hurry up and reserve your spot!

For further questions please email Megan McFerran (

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn about community leadership, energy jobs and certifications, and get an awesome meal! Hope to see you there!

Fox Army Health Center 2012 Flu Shot Schedule

Below is the Flu Shot schedule from Fox Health Center. You fight to protect our Nation now protect yourself and your family from the Flu!

Active Duty, National Guard, Reservists (all Services):

  • 26 Sep (Wed)  0700-1100, Preventive Medicine, Fox Army Health Center (located in trailer in the east parking lot)
  • 22 Oct (Mon)  0700-1000, Preventive Medicine, Fox Army Health Center 
  • 6 Nov (Tues)  1330-1530, Preventive Medicine, Fox Army Health Center

Military Retirees & Their Adult Family Members ONLY – Retiree Health Fair

  • 28 Sep 2012, 0730-1130 @ The Overlook Redstone Arsenal (Note: this will be a drive thru flu shot event and shots will be administered to ADULTS 17 & OLDER ONLY)

ALL Beneficiaries 

(Active Duty and their family members, military retirees and their family members of all ages)

Tricare Prime with providers at FAHC will be offered flu shots during scheduled appointments beginning 1 Oct 2012.

All other beneficiaries may receive shots as scheduled below:

  • 13 Oct (Sat)   0730 – 1130 at  Fox Army Health Center (all ages)
  • 26 Oct (Fri)    0900 – 1300 at the Redstone Arsenal Commissary (adults only) 
  • 7 Nov (Wed)  1600 – 1800 at  Fox Army Health Center 
  • 16 Nov (Fri)    0900 – 1300 at the Redstone Arsenal Commissary (adults only)

Flu shot screening forms and Vaccine Information Statements for adult and pediatric vaccines can be found on

For more information, please call 955-8888, x1441 or 1442.

Wear Blue: Run to Remember

Wear Blue: Run to Remember serves as a living memorial to the service and sacrifice of our Fallen Warriors.  The group walks/runs together once or twice a month, and participate in running events around the community to raise awareness and to “remember” our Fallen SoldiersAt each meeting, they begin with a moment of silence, then those that would like, call out the name of the Soldier‘s they are running for.

There are approximately 250 Surviving Family Members of over 100 Fallen Soldiers who reside in the 11 counties surrounding Redstone Arsenal.  It is their desire to run in honor of each of these Soldiers and in support of their Families left behind.  Some members run in honor of Fallen Soldiers they have once served with or have known.

They are now recruiting participants whether you want to run, walk, or just support the cause!  If you are interested please call or email Charity Watral at (256)  Also, to purchase a shirt or other Wear Blue: Run to Remember merchandise go to

If you do not wish to participate by running they are looking for volunteers to help with holding flags along the course that honor a Fallen Soldier.  They are also looking for volunteers to help with a Wear Blue: Run to Remember” water station. 


Fort Campbell Job Fair

Are you looking for a job?

The Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP) along with Army Community Service‘s (ACS‘s) Employment Readiness Program (ERP), is holding a job fair in Fort Campbell, KY (only 3 hours from Huntsville!).

National/International Employers will be present on September 19 and Local/Regional Employers will be present September 20. The fair will be open from 9:00am to 3:00pm on both days. Click here to see a list of employers that will be present.

The event will be held at Cole Park Commons (1610 William C. Lee Rd.). For more information, please call (270) 798-5000 or (270) 412-6181.

Everyone is welcome! If you are looking for a new career, don’t pass up this opportunity! Meet with representatives of various companies that are ready to hire. Be sure to dress for success and bring your resume. Bill Koch, our Director/Workforce Development, will be present. See you there!!!

The (Paperwork) Burden of War

Veterans often complain about the paperwork that must be done to apply for Veterans Affairs benefits, and their point was recently proven. After visiting the agency’s office in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the VA’s inspector general reported that approximately 37,000 claims folders were stored on top of filing cabinets. The weight on the 6th floor was 164 lbs. per sq. ft., well over the limit of 125 lbs.

“We noticed floors bowing under the excess weight,” the IG said. The fact of the matter is that 45% of Veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars are seeking VA compensation for mental and physical service related injuries. In each of the past two years the agency handled 1 millionclaims and they will handle another million this year, a VA spokesperson says.
VA officials removed the mountains of paperwork and are looking into electronic record keeping to solve the paper problem. Dealing with the injuries themselves is an entirely different matter.

According to an article posted in The New York Times, Eric Shinseki, the secretary of Veterans Affairs, has developed new strategies to improve the benefit claims process. Mr. Shineski expects the waiting time to be cut in half over the next year as these strategies are implemented.

The number of claims processed each year has increased modestly, however, the number of newclaims filed has gone up by 48 percent over the last four years as a flood of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans return home (677,000 as of October 2011). At the same time, 231,000 Vietnam Veteranshave filed new disability claims in relation to diseases stemming from the toxic defoliant Agent Orange which was just recently acknowledged by the government.

If you are a Veteran or a Veteran’s spouse in need of assistance filing a claimStill Serving Veterans can help you. Just give us a call at (256) 883-7035 or come by the office (224 Spragins St SW Huntsville, AL 35801) for a walk-in appointment on Mondays or Thursdays from 8:00am to 2:30pm

Visit our website for more info on claim assistance.