How to Answer Classic Interview Questions

Hiring managers aren’t always experts at the hiring portion of their title. For many replacing a team member or adding a new one is a dreaded, time-consuming task taken on as infrequently as possible. It’s an understandable sentiment. After all, they have day jobs and the complexities of sourcing, hiring, onboarding, and training can be major distractions. Of course savvy HR and business leaders understand […]

How to Disagree with the Boss

It’s a rare bird that actively seeks conflict. We all face it of course: butting heads with a buddy, an argument with a spouse, or another round with your mother-in-law. And while daily life is littered with potential spats, most of us have learned to gracefully steer clear of unwinnable, unimportant conversations. But what happens when the disagreement involves something […]

The Problem with Boss Babe

In an effort to stand out in a competitive world many career-minded professionals try their hand at personal branding. Finding your niche is a useful endeavor, but when it degrades into ill-conceived monikers like IT Ninja or Marketing Architect, you come across as amateurish. Recently the trend has jumped the shark into the girl power world with so juvenile titles as Girl Boss […]

How to Answer Odd Interview Questions

Some interviewers have logical, data-backed reasons for asking, what on the surface, can appear to be an oddball question. They might be soliciting insights into your decision-making skills, values, or creativity. There’s nothing wrong with this as long as the questions and the evaluation of answers are validated and consistent. Unfortunately many ill-prepared interviewers are just winging it or trying their hand a practice […]

You Need Zs to Be an A Player

As a father, business owner, CHRO, and gym rat I know first hand how hard it can be to fit it all in. I’d like to believe that I need less sleep than the “average” person, but that’s just a bravado cocktail comprised of one part optimism and five parts foolishness. You simply can’t escape biology. We all need to recharge […]

4 Signs That You’re Ready for the Next Job

It happens. The new becomes common, the bloom falls from the rose, and the ordinary creeps in to what was once the job of your dreams. There’s ways to reclaim your mojo and approach an old role with new vigor of course, but sometimes an ending is just what you need to prompt a new, more meaningful beginning. If you’re experiencing […]

How to Answer the Weakness Question

While thankfully, the “What’s your greatest weakness?” question is being posed less frequently these days, it’s still a go-to for interviewers who are unfamiliar with more telling behavior and experience based inquires. If you find yourself on the receiving end of this old favorite, avoid the trite by offering both substance and a solution. Let’s face it; if you answer the question with, […]

5 Things to Remove From Your Resume Right Now

Some career coaches will advise that your resume be no longer than two pages. The rationale for the advice is recruiters and hiring managers are busy people who lack the time to peruse a lengthier document. The counsel makes sense if you’re a recent grad or early career candidate, but if you’re a seasoned professional, you’ll likely find it difficult to pack a […]

How to Score a Promotion

Managers, especially during performance review time, segment their staff into three categories: A Players: Rock star performers that they can’t live without. B Players: Steady Eddie types that are essential to the business, but who aren’t lighting the world on fire C Players: Low performer who they’d like to donate back to the industry. If you’re not viewed as an A player […]

Are You Faking Imposter Syndrome?

Imposter Syndrome describes high-achieving individuals who are plagued by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and thus have a persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud”. It’s a common, understandable, and largely manageable affliction. Of course, if you’re not a high-performer or worse, a relative novice the worry you feel is likely warranted. People, Americans specifically, millennials even more so, have […]