What You Are Most Proud Of?

This seems like a straight-forward interview questions, but there is more to it than meets the eye. This is an impact question designed to gain insight into your values and character. To answer it effectively you need to offer more than a standard success story detailing what you did and when. The most important aspect of your answer is the […]

Book: The Introvert’s Guide to Job Hunting

Most career books take one of two approaches: They provide theoretical frameworks that are difficult to apply or they offer cookie-cutter answers to a series of stock interview questions that, in reality, rarely get asked. The Introvert’s Guide to Job Hunting provides a flexible, easy-to-follow process for selecting or affirming your career goal, crafting a rock star resume that sets you […]

Candidates: How to Avoid the “Maybe” File

Recruiters get flooded with applicants even during times of low unemployment. To keep up, many organizations have implemented applicant tracking systems that enable frantic HR staff to at least issue form letter rejections to those candidates who clearly miss the mark. Receiving one can be disheartening, but at least you know where you stand. Perhaps a more frustrating predicament is when a […]

Why Students Should Consider a Career in HR

I recently sat down with a group of students from a variety of college and universities to discuss career strategies and goal-setting.  The topic quickly turned into a Q/A about the state of HR. The following is an excerpt from the event. How would you describe human resources to someone who isn’t in the field? HR isn’t just HR […]

Should You Hire Someone Who Didn’t Graduate College?

If they can do the job, then as a CHRO, I’d say: Absolutely. I certainly value formal education and for some roles it’s mandatory. (I wouldn’t hire a self-taught brain surgeon.) In most cases however, college is but one path to competence…and it’s not always the quickest or most financially sound road to travel. A good way to evaluate candidates and to eliminate […]

The Problem of Candidate Exaggeration

Hiring managers aren’t expecting candidates to outright lie on an application or during an interview. It happens of course and unscrupulous applicants are weeded out by a series of HR-endorsed process checks. Exaggeration of accomplishments however is far more common. And while they are difficult to spot on a resume, gaps in knowledge, skills, and competencies appear quickly during an interview. So how […]

Interview Red Flags Candidates Should Watch For

There’s a host of advice for HR and hiring managers on spotting red flags that may signal a problem or high maintenance employee, but little counsel is given on the reverse point of view. Because an interview is a two-way assessment, candidates should also be vigilant in their evaluation of the prospective employer and watchful of wording that could spell trouble down the line. Traditionally, red […]

The HR Guide to Getting and Crushing Your Dream Job

The HR Guide to Getting and Crushing Your Dream Job People often assume that you have an abundance of free time when you’re job hunting. They figure you’re either phoning it in at a current employer or channel surfing in a bathrobe. The truth, however, is that searching for a new gig or vying for a key promotion is a full-time role in itself. The HR Guide […]

So…Tell Me About Yourself

While it’s awkward, vague, potentially creepy depending on the style with which it’s delivered, there is no reason to shrink from the standard, “Tell me about yourself,” interview question. In most cases, it’s simply a lazy interview intro wielded by inexperienced HR professionals or managers who simply don’t hire frequently enough to have a proper plan. In these situations there is no […]

Resume Tips for Top Grads

So you just graduated from a top-tier school. Congratulations. Now the real work begins. Even when you’re among the best of the best you still have to stand out from the crowd. To do so it’s important to showcase: Transferable Skills: Take stock of the lessons learned and skills developed during your college years that would readily apply to the job […]