Keep it Between the White Lines and Hit Hard! Career Counseling & Outsmarting Your Competitor.

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Original post dated: July 9, 2012

I watched on tv Agnieszka Radwanska and Serena Williams play in the Women’s Singles Wimbledon Championship on Saturday. The players exhibit incredible physical power, strength, balance and stamina.

Their eye-hand-footwork coordination is just as incredible.  However, the concentration involved and a deliberate and well thought approach to each move are very important skills to play tennis. Outsmarting your competitor and/or working intelligently with your partner if you’re playing doubles is just as important if you want to win!

I enjoy the game of tennis and would like to start lessons. Although I know how to play (my mom was always a favorite rival on the courts growing up in Iowa Falls!), I want to relearn the rules, practice, and improve my game. And of course have fun and get some sun!

My new can of tennis balls is ready to be popped open!

I recommend doing the same in other areas of life – those recommendations being to relearn the rules, practice, and improve your game. And of course have fun!

Take for example, the game of interviewing. When you have an opportunity to interview, never turn it down. Specifically, the time you spend to strengthen your skills to perform well during a job interview will help you even if you don’t get offered the job.

One of the best ways to improve how you interview is to practice. There are numerous resources to learn how to interview, like on the internet, in books/class format and through trial and error.

My favorite acronym to help ace the game of interviewing is STAR – T. When asked a behavioral based interview questions, answer the question completely by detailing the Situation, Task, Action, Result that were involved…..and then tie it all Together.

Here’s a link to a great website to read more about this technique:

Again, be sure to Tie it all Together.

My son Nick interviewed recently and was offered a job at Wells Fargo. He starts in a few weeks.  Good job selling your skills during the interview game and outsmarting the other people who wanted the job too!

Keep it Between the White Lines and Hit Hard!

Let me know if you’d like to play tennis or you’d like me to help you with practicing interview questions. I’d be happy to do both! 



My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people participate in the world around them, particularly in their own world of work.

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