Networking with Purpose: Interviewing Skills Workshop

40Plus of Greater Washington presents:

“Networking with Purpose: Interviewing Skills Workshop -- with Valerie Keels”

Join us for a 40Plus Thursday Evening Event. Connect with other professionals for a valuable after-work networking experience and a workshop on interviewing skills.

What can you do to set yourself apart in your interview? The most important aspect of successful interviewing is not your experience, your degree or your resume. That’s what got you the interview. The key to successful interviewing can be summed up in one word: passion. It’s your passion for the job that will set you apart from the crowd.

Hors d’oeuvres, wine, water and soda will be available during the networking portion of the evening beginning at 7:00 pm. The cost to attend this event is $10. Please use the event link to register:

How can you demonstrate your passion in the interview? Through your enthusiasm for the job and behavioral examples of how your passion has had a positive impact on results. If you can show you have true passion by sharing your past actions and behaviors in your own words, you can and will be chosen over the superstar. Let your passion for the job show through in every aspect of your interview.

What we will cover:

  • Important Aspects of Interviewing 

  • The One Thing You Must Do Before Your First Interview

  • The Insider Interview Prep Technique

  • Dressing for Interview Success

  • The Most Important Interview Nonverbals

  • Winning the Body Language Game

  • Being Sincerely Honest


About the Speaker

Valerie Keels, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is a dynamic human resources practitioner and facilitator with extensive experience in adult education, including designing, managing, and facilitating leadership development programs.

Through her extensive experience working with non-profit associations, she has excelled in creating cultures of collaboration, and implementing change to achieve workforce excellence. Valerie is proficient in several aspects of human resources including: recruitment, employee training, incentives, as well as emotional intelligence testing and coaching. She has a track record of coaching in the areas of transformational leadership, intercultural communication, team building, and managing change, with proven success and certification in EQ-i 2.0 Emotional Intelligence assessment and coaching. Valerie holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and has an educational background in communications, organizational administration and leadership.

Some of her memberships and certifications include the following:

  • Member, Human Resource Association of the National Capital Area (DC SHRM)
  • Member, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM),
  • Member, American Society of Association Executives (ASAE),
  • Senior Professional in Human Resources Certificate (SPHR), HRCertification Institute
  •  Society for Human Resource Management-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP)
  •  EQ-i 2.0 Emotional Intelligence Certification
  • Human Resources Project Manager (HRPM), American Academy of Project Management


Doors open at 7:00 pm for networking, and the program starts at 7:30 pm. 40Plus is located at:

1627 K St NW, 3rd fl.

Washington, DC


Aug 15 2019


Doors open at 7 pm for networking. Workshop begins at 7:30 pm
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm



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1627 K Street NW (Suite 300)
1627 K Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, D.C. 20006


40Plus of Greater Washington
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