Blog | https://owntheinterview.ca/oti-blog

THE BLOG

the latest:

​​Job interviews are part of the business world. They have become a highly leveraged practice to get to know potential employees. The job interview allows employers to identify the strengths and opportunities of the candidate and aids the hiring manager in deciding, do they want to hire them or not. Or the candidate chooses, do […]

READ THE POST

Interview Tips

When should I use “WE” versus “I” in an interview?

Have you ever been in a meeting and shared a plan, idea, or something GAME-CHANGING and presented it as a team effort?  We did this. Versus, I did this. My guess? You’ve probably been in the above scenarios.  We don’t want to sound conceded or that we’re not team players, AND, on the flip side, […]

READ THE POST

How-to's

3 steps to create your own development plan

It can feel lonely at times when you’re looking to grow and develop in your role. ​While the organization you work for may have the best intentions to focus on growth and development, sometimes, those crucial conversations fall by the wayside.​ ​✨Now, with that being said, I believe that YOU are responsible for driving your […]

READ THE POST

Interview Tips

How to answer unusual interview questions

You’ve been submitting applications and preparing for interviews for the last month, and finally, you get a call back for an interview- woohoo!  You think about the time, energy and commitment you’ve made so far to your interview prep and of course, this prep has got to come in handy for the upcoming conversation you’ve […]

READ THE POST

typing on computer preparing for a job interview

Featured

5 reasons to set clear expectations at work- ps don’t wait for your boss!

Who said setting expectations was only for your boss? I was recently reflecting on performance management in the workplace. I thought about the times I had witnessed leaders successfully lead their teams and the times I watched leaders completely crumble. Now, I’m not saying the leaders who crumbled were awful people; they just weren’t strong […]

READ THE POST

How-to's

The secret to getting your next promotion

Getting promoted at work can be one of the most incredible experiences in the workplace. It’s a time when you’re acknowledged and recognized for the efforts you’ve put forward. It often comes with a raise and validates that you’re doing something right! And while celebrations are in order for some, our efforts sometimes don’t equal […]

READ THE POST

Interview Tips

The answer is always YES. Questions to ask the interviewer.

The answer is always YES. Trust me, you always have a question or two for the person interviewing you. Asking your interviewers thoughtful questions at the end of your interview is a great way to: Show your interest and care. Learn more about the organization, your future team and determine if this is the opportunity […]

READ THE POST

Interview Tips

It’s time to make your own rules for interviewing.

I was never taught how to interview and from my experience in speaking with friends, family, and clients, no one taught them either. Interviewing is a skill. Developing this skill requires personal reflection, research and of course practice (rehearsing). This is what the Own The Interview preparation method is based on.  “Honing the skill of interviewing will […]

READ THE POST

Career Advice

Have you been wondering, “do I need a cover letter?”

“So c’mon Jenna, give it to me straight, do I need a cover letter?” It’s a valid question and one I get asked on almost every coaching call.It can be one of the more tedious aspects of the application process and depending on who you ask, everyone has a different perspective on why or why […]

READ THE POST

Interview Tips

What can the Real Housewives confessionals teach us about interviewing?

If you know me, then you know that I love reality television, specifically the Real Housewives franchise.  One of the parts I enjoy the most is hearing their commentary through the confessionals. If you’re reading this and you don’t know what a confessional is, no worries, let me tell you.  The confessionals are various moments […]

READ THE POST

Interview Tips

Can you use personal examples in a job interview?

Have you ever found yourself in a job interview answering the question and mid-way through thought, why am I sharing this right now? Maybe you’ve been asked a question about the last time you shared feedback, and you find yourself sharing an example about asking your partner not to leave dirty dishes in the sink.  […]

READ THE POST

Interview Tips

Don’t sell yourself short after a parental leave.

If you’re in a position where you’re fortunate enough to have the opportunity to take parental or extended leave after welcoming a new child into your life, what a gift that is.  I wish I could say that all parents and caregivers have this moment to adjust to their new family dynamics; however, that just […]

READ THE POST

How-to's

3 ways to set boundaries between work and home life

It’s summertime. Life is good. Longer days, the weather is great, and things at work are feeling pretty steady with co-workers and clients on vacation, including yourself.  And while we’re soaking up the pleasures of the summer, I can’t help but think of September, which I love, BTW. Fall newness always excites me—the change in […]

READ THE POST

LOVER OF FLOWERS, GREETING CARDS, HOT SAUCE AND WHITE TEES. LIBRA, ENNEAGRAM 3 AND FIRM BELIEVER THAT ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.

Hi, I'm Jenna.
Your new career and interview prep coach.

I'm incredibly passionate about supporting people to walk into their job interviews with confidence. With 13+ years experience leading people and a HR designation, I have heard and seen it all when it comes to interviews.

Learn more

The
Own The Interview Signature Course

The Own The Interview Signature course consists of 4 modules. Each module teaches you key components of the interview process and how best to prepare that'll have you logging off, walking away or hanging up knowing you gave it your all. 

learn more >

OTI Services

Whether it's 1:1 coaching, a live workshop for your staff or signing-up for the digital Own The Interview Signature course, I'm here to support elevating your career journey.

WORK WITH ME >

5 email scripts to leverage through the interview process

FREE DOWNLOAD

Steal this!