How to Avoid Interview Brain Freeze

The fear of going blank or freezing-up during an interview can be daunting. For many job seekers even a one-on-one informational interview can feel like they’re being scrutinized by a Thriller video-sized cemetery replete with Corporate, brain-munching zombies. Many candidates opt to hide behind a pile of notes and hope for the best. The truth is… the monsters are all in your […]

The 8 Question Early Talent Interview

Occasionally when interviewing Early Talent performance, skill, and experience differentiators are obvious. Most times however, when a collection of candidates have taken the same classes at the same time from the same professors in the same school, it’s hard to find a compelling X factor. The similarities are even more pronounced when you considered the now all-but-required tick-box style internships, volunteer experience, and social […]

Merry Merry

Auto post is a wonderful thing. It’s a rare bit of technology that actually does as advertised – It allows you to better manage your time and enjoy a little work/life balance. I’m off enjoying the holiday with family and friends. I hope you are as well. Merry Christmas.

Dear Performance Pundits…Regards Your Employees

So this is a bit of a Jerry Maguire note (and we all know what happened to that guy). But at the risk of getting sent to the proverbial woodshed by my HR peers, I wanted to provide a point of view that might reflect what has gone unsaid or unheard by employees at various organizations who are: (a) no-longer with their companies […]

Effective Storytelling

Reader Question: Can storytelling help me on interview? Yes. Assuming they are not fiction. If you have a flare for the fictitious be sure to bifurcate your endeavors. For example, my novels can be found at Tall tales should never make their way into your resume or professional assertions. That said story telling, when done properly, can bring to life your […]

Interview Blunders and How to Avoid them

We all make mistakes. As teen in the early 80s I donned a plastic sweat suit and tried my hand at breakdancing to impress a girl. I’ll leave it to you to picture the results, but suffice to say I switched to the white-man-overbite shortly thereafter and ever looked back. Interviews are a dance of a different. If you want to come […]

What NOT to Say on an Interview

Job seekers have more resources at their disposal than ever before – from on-line assessments and interview guides to professional career coaches and books like The Introvert’s Guide to Job Hunting. The proliferation of tools help ensure candidates come to the table prepared to answer common behavior-based questions such as, “Can you tell me about a time you had to […]

Don’t Marry Your Job

Reader Question: Now that the graduation parties are complete, what’s one piece of advice you’d offer those new to the working world? Simple: Date Your Job. Don’t Marry It. Many grads enter the workforce expecting to instantly find a perfect professional match: that ultra-flexible, personally fulfilling, highly paid position that’s an excellent launching pad for either the C-suite or their […]

Midlife Career Change

I began my midlife crisis at 18. As a pragmatic artist (a blog for another time) I was just trying to get a jump on feeling the kind of angst novice writers think they need to put pen to paper. They don’t. In the words of Chuck Close, “Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to […]

Trouble With the Curve (Ball Interview Questions)

Some things are just bad ideas: skinny jeans on men, the revival of awkward 70s inspired facial hair, Justin Bieber. Seriously Canada, enough already. Another travesty of rational thought is currently assaulting the world of job hunting. It comes in the form of awkward and largely irrelevant questions designed to catch candidates off-guard and test their ability to respond […]