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In the Position to Hire? Three Ways to Botch the Interview Process

resume mistakesIf you have the power to extend an offer or two, there are a few ways you may be self-sabotaging the process without even knowing it.

According to a post on ERE by Marc Debinski, author of The Hiring Compass, there are a few aspects to keep in mind so you don’t fall into the trap of hiring the wrong candidate.

1. Self-mirroring mirage. What is this, you ask? Well, it refers to someone influential in the hiring process who sees a lot of themselves in the candidate. He points out, “A high ego rationalizes, ‘I’m good in my job; I’m good for this business. Naturally, the best thing I can do for this business is hire people just like me.’” Read more

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Founders of UCB Suggest Improv Basics to Rock Your Next Job Interview

UCBIf you’ve ever been stumped during a job interview or had an awkward moment of silence, you’re not alone.

So if you want to turn those lengthy moments into gems, the founders of Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre suggest relying on some basic improv techniques to boost your game.

On Friday we conducted exclusive interviews with two of the four founders, Ian Roberts and Matt Besser, at the annual UCB Del Close Marathon. Not surprisingly, the marathon’s press conference kicked off with a ton of energy and excitement and moments after it concluded, Roberts and Besser talked about thepower of “yes, and.” Read more

Three Ways to Botch a Job Interview

job searchHave you ever tried to wing it during a job interview? How’d that go for you? Not too well, probably.

Well, according to Marc Cosentino, author of Case In Point: Complete Case Interview Preparation, there are a few common blunders people make during job interviews.

Per a piece on Business Insider, he pointed out several ways to avoid being that guy or gal. Read more

Making a Career Move? Consider the ’30 Percent Solution’

successAccording to Lou Adler, author of The Essential Guide for Hiring & Getting Hired and creator of the Performance-based Hiring system, there’s a notion of the 30 percent solution when considering new job offers.

Per his post on LinkedIn, for a job opportunity to become truly viable for you to make the move, it must have at least a 30 percent increase over your current one. By increase he doesn’t mean salary alone. Yes, there should be a salary bump but that shouldn’t be the only reason for making the move nor should it comprise the entire 30 percent.

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Three Hiring Tips for New Bosses

successIf you’re a new manager, congratulations! You now have more responsibilities, more visible opportunities and oh yes, a bigger paycheck.

If you’re in the position to make some hires, it’s not always wise to just go with your gut while making hiring decisions. Fortunately, there are several ways to get your recruiting mojo on to make a good move, according to a piece on Brazen Careerist. Read more

‘Hey, How Soon Can I Take a Vacation?’ & Other Questions to Avoid Asking During an Interview

interviewHave you ever asked an interviewer at the conclusion of the interview for feedback as in, “Hey man, how’d I do?”

Probably not, right? And if you did ask the question, how’d that work out for you?

Okay, we’re in a punchy mood right now but so important as it is to ask questions at the end of each job interview, it’s just as important to steer clear from any questions that are downright inappropriate. They lack tact.

And most of all, some of the questions can be transparent in terms of your priorities as in asking if you resign if you can get paid out for your unused personal time (yes, it has been done and no, that candidate did not get the offer.) Read more

Germophobes, Unite! Report Claims Shaking Hands as Dangerous as Smoking

handshakeIf you’re a germophobe, listen up. And if you’re not, you may become one after checking out this study.

Maybe it’s due to our background in human resources, but whenever we attended a job fair and shook, oh about 300 or more hands on a given day, there was always antibacterial soap in sight. Just think about all those germs!

Or how about on a smaller scale when you go on a job interview and shake at least four or five hands? That alone warrants some serious hand washing.

Per a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, doctors should stop shaking their patients’ hands because of the risk of spreading germs. So although it’s not exactly in a business context, it makes us think about how this study can be applied to all aspects of life including careers.

One of the co-authors revealed that shaking patients’ hands may be just as dangerous as smoking in public. His advice? Create handshake-free zones to protect vulnerable patients.

He added that only 40 percent of doctors wash their hands (we must pause with a collective sigh) and that alcohol-based gels to conveniently clean hands doesn’t end up killing most organisms anyway.

Per a segment on Fox, an internist in Manhattan mentioned that yes, not shaking hands can help prevent spreading diseases. Perhaps our society should switch to another way to meet and greet, he said, such as bowing or putting your hand over your heart.

What do you think? Should we switch to another way to officially greet and if so, what should it be?

Stumped During an Interview? Here are 10 Questions to Ask

job-interviewHave you ever experienced that awkward “sound” of silence during an interview? You know, when the interviewer asks if you have any questions and by the time the fifth interviewer meets you, you’re pretty much out of ammo? Cue crickets.

And then, of course, he or she looks at you quizzically like how is it possible to not even have one question?  Read more

Survey Reveals Majority of Employers Covet Soft Skills in Candidates

judgeIf you want to stand out from the pack (and by that we mean other candidates), then let your soft skills shine!

That’s because a new survey by CareerBuilder indicates that 77 percent of employers say soft skills are just important as hard skills.

We would argue in some cases they’re actually more important. After all, you can always teach someone Drupal or WordPress but you can’t always send them to charm school. And actually, 16 percent of employers in the survey said the skills associated with your personality and attitude trumps technical skills. Read more

Nashville Company Incorporates Ping-Pong into Job Interviews

ping pongYes, you read that right! The Nashville-based company, TechnologyAdvice, incorporates a friendly game of ping-pong into their hiring process.

And per a piece on Inc., it sounds like it’s not such a bad idea after all. Per their CEO, Rob Bellenfant, this hiring technique has been incorporated to the final step of the job interview.

After all of the interviews have been finished, a company executive asks each candidate if they are willing to play a game of table tennis because the company is participating in a study. Prior to playing, the candidate completes a questionnaire addressing questions like rating their aggressiveness.

Next, the candidate plays three 11-point games against the company’s data strategy director. As each game proceeds, the director ups his own game and makes it more and more challenging for the job candidate.

Are they looking to assess how well they play? Not exactly.

Bellenfant explains in the piece,

“We’re not looking at people’s ability to play but at their approach. Are they open to trying something new if they haven’t played before, or not in a long time? If they win, how do they celebrate? If they lose, do they take it in a difficult way? How seriously do they take it? Do they take it as a joke, or do they put in a lot of effort? As the games get more difficult, do they adapt? Those are the types of things we’re looking at.”

Interestingly enough, games are recorded on video and then the CEO evaluates each one, along with a statistician and psychologist from Vanderbilt, along with the president of the Nashville Table Tennis Club in an effort to make it “as objective as possible.”

After the three games have been finished, candidates complete yet another questionnaire asking them to rate the experience. Bellenfant says this set of questions could reveal self-introspection. If a candidate rates him or herself a seven prior to playing and then after gives a self-rating of three, perhaps they learned from something. And maybe they originally rated him or herself as a three and then a seven — that shows harsh self-judgment.

He adds, “For a position in sales, we’re looking for someone a little more aggressive. For a job in data or research, we want someone who can think things through.”

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