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Three Unique Ways to Rock the Interview (For Starters, Ditch the Coffee Cup)

judgeIf you’re looking to spice up that interview and completely become polished from head to toe, listen up. According to this piece on U.S. News & World Report, there are a few slight changes to make to really sparkle.

1. Ditch the perfume or cologne. That’s right, minimize things that distract your interviewer. An overdose on perfume or cologne, no matter how pleasant smelling, will be distracting. Plus, if the interviewer isn’t exactly fond of your scent, he or she may not want to spend time with you. It’s game over before it began. Read more

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Prepared for Behavioral-Based Interview Questions? Ready, Set…Go!

interview 924You know the drill. You’re on an interview completely ready to answer questions like why there’s a gap in your resume and your biggest weakness. What you may not be prepared for are the behavioral-based situational-type questions.

Recruiters typically know that asking these questions provide tremendous insight. With the thinking that past behavior can form a picture of your future behavior, usually they’re completely on board.

And if hiring managers are with the program, too they’ll pull these questions out of their arsenal to fire away. Read more

How One Working Mom Finds Work/Life Balance

TiffanyShlainTiffany Shlain knows a thing or two about juggling. She’s a successful filmmaker with a million side projects (like her AOL On Originals series) and she’s a wife and mother of two.

So how does Shlain create that seemingly impossible work/life balance that so many working mothers crave? For one thing, she says it’s important to have flexibility with your work, whether you’re a man or a woman. She also believes that modern technology has helped working mothers tremendously:

Make your own schedule. Or talk to your boss about a more flexible schedule. I think that what the Internet has given our generation is this kind of flexibility to work in new, creative ways that our mothers did not have. I have friends who work for corporations, but most of my friends work from home as consultants or own their own business. I feel like the Internet was the tool that the feminist movement always needed.

To hear more from Shlain, including how she boosts her own productivity, read: So What Do You, Tiffany Shlain, Filmmaker and Founder Of The Webby Awards?

Soledad O’Brien: Don’t Listen To Other People’s Career Advice

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Soledad O’Brien has had quite the year. After leaving the CNN morning show in March, the journalist launched Starfish Media Group. The company is “dedicated to uncovering and producing empowering stories,” and has formed partnerships with Al Jazeera America, HBO and CNN.

In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do?, O’Brien talks about how motherhood prepared her to be a CEO and the importance of listening to yourself when it comes to your career:

In a commencement speech at Harvard earlier this year, you told grads not to “listen to others people’s take on the life you should lead” because “by not listening, you can figure out what your heart is telling you to do.” Can you give an example of when you had to follow your own advice?
Oh my gosh. I have to follow it all the time. When I was leaving NBC News to go to CNN, people would say, “What?! Why would you possibly leave the Today Show to go to cable?” If I would’ve listened to people, I would’ve been on a great platform but I wouldn’t have grown as a journalist. So far, most of the steps in my career have been really good.

To hear more from O’Brien, read: So What Do You Do, Soledad O’Brien, CEO of Starfish Media Group?

– Aneya Fernando

WaPo Columnist Michelle Singletary On Becoming a Brand

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Michelle Singletary has become one of the country’s leading personal finance gurus. She’s a multi-platform success story, and her Washington Post column “The Color of Money” is syndicated in over 100 newspapers around the country.

In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do? Singletary talks about the declining newspaper industry, how she handles criticism and accidentally becoming a brand:

We know a multimedia platform is necessary for journalists and media personalities, but how has it helped you build your own brand?
Well, people keep telling me I’m a brand but I never thought of myself as one. I have a unique perspective on how to handle money so I want that platform because I want to get the information out. I’m a huge advocate of financial literacy. I want to bring something different to the table to help people understand how to deal with their money. It’s sort of like, people talk about Oprah and they say, “Oh, she’s this great media mogul.” But when you think about it, while she definitely is a skilled media person, she got where she is because she had a passion to talk to everyday women. The fame and the fortune followed that mission.

To hear more advice from Singletary, read: So What Do You Do, Michelle Singletary, WaPo Columnist and Finance Guru?

– Aneya Fernando

The Walking Dead’s Gale Anne Hurd: ‘My Odds of Failing Were Pretty High’

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Thankfully, “fear of being eaten by a zombie” ranks pretty low on our list of daily concerns right now. But sometimes, workplace negotiations can be just as terrifying as flesh-eating monsters.

In the latest Mediabistro interview, Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer of AMC’s The Walking Dead, talks to us about how she negotiated with legendary filmmaker Roger Corman to get the gig she wanted — even though she was offered a different position.

Most people don’t feel comfortable laying out stipulations to their superiors. Why did you feel entitled to make your own rules? How can others follow suit?

I wasn’t given a choice. It was, “OK Gale, I want you to be the marketing department starting Monday.” (And this was a Friday). I had no training period, so the odds of my failing were pretty high, especially since I was taking the place of two people who had significant experience. I think you have to take some initiative and show that you have the potential to be a leader. I was about to take a position heading a department and negotiating with him proved that I had a degree of the skill set that I needed in that position. If you want to prove that you can take on more responsibility, take that responsibility and be willing to also take the consequences. I knew I wasn’t prepared and I had that conversation up front with Roger. And, if it didn’t work out, my fallback position was going to law school. I think it’s really important to have a fallback position.

For more of Hurd’s thoughts on the fine art of negotiation, film vs. television and a moratorium on slow dying gender roles, read: So What Do You Do Gale Anne Hurd, Executive Producer of The Walking Dead?

Sherry Yuan

Daymon “Daym” Patterson: From Wal-Mart Manager to Travel Channel Host

Daymon PattersonIf you’re looking for ways to make the most out of your lunch break, just look to Daymon “Daym” Patterson‘s Daym Drops YouTube channel for inspiration (or drool-inducing entertainment).

By reviewing fast food during his own down time as a Wal-Mart assistant manager, Patterson amassed millions of views on YouTube, and is now the star of his own Travel Channel show, Best Daym Takeout, premiering July 31. For its latest feature, Mediabistro talked with the burgeoning star about how he used the video platform to take his career to a whole new level:

I started out filming my neighborhood, doing little news reports and uploading them. One day on my lunch break, I went to Burger King and had their French toast sticks, and I did a review of them in the car and put that on YouTube. It received like 134 views, whereas all the other videos were maybe like 30, 50 views. The following week, I went to Dunkin Donuts and I got their new frozen hot chocolate. That video caught over 300 views, and I thought, “OK, now I have something here.”

Read the full interview in Hey, How’d You Get a Travel Channel Show Reviewing Fast Food, Daymon “Daym” Patterson? 

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O‘s Adam Glassman on the Worst Thing You Can Do in a Job Interview

If only he had enough hours in a day. That’s the most challenging part of Adam Glassman‘s gig as creative director of O Magazine, a post where he’s constantly navigating the worlds of graphic design and fashion.

And, of course, working for Oprah means that you’ll always have more interested candidates than open positions to fill. In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do? series, Glassman discusses the one thing that applicants do to sully their chances.

“First of all, I think everyone should do their homework. You need to know who you’re interviewing with — not just the human being, but also the publication,” he said. “And I can tell you numerous times people have come in and they’ve never picked up an issue of O Magazine. And I have to tell you something: that doesn’t fly. There are so few jobs out there right now for young people, and there are a lot of people looking for a job. The moment you say that to me, the interview is over, basically, in my mind.”

For more, read So What Do You Do, Adam Glassman, Creative Director at O Magazine?

What’s the Best Way to Prep for a Job Interview?

We’ve all stressed out before a big job interview. So, in Mediabistro’s next Career Breakfast, we’ll discuss tactical ways to prepare so you can stop worrying and get that job. Send us your questions through Twitter using the hashtag #CareerBreakfast, on our Facebook page, or in the comment box below. Then, tune in to our Google+ and YouTube channels July 10 at 10 a.m. Eastern for the answers.

In the meantime, check out our first Career Breakfast below.

Four Things to Bring On Your Next Interview

Have you ever shown up for an interview with just a purse or a man tote? We didn’t think so. Chances are, you at least brought a portfolio but you’d be surprised at how many people forget some of the basics. Hence, it’s time for a refresher course!

As pointed out by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter on U.S. News & World Report, there are several things to bring so you’re not only prepared, you’re polished as well. Read more

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