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How to Talk to People, According to Terry Gross
Nov. 17, 2018 | The New York Times | By Jolie Kerr.

(1) “Tell me about yourself,” a.k.a the only icebreaker you’ll ever need.
(2) The secret to being a good conversationalist? Curiosity.
(3) Be funny (if you can). “A good conversationalist is somebody who is fun to talk to,” she said. Ms. Gross, it’s worth noting, is very funny. If you can’t be funny, being mentally organized, reasonably concise and energetic will go a long way in impressing people.
(4) Preparation is key. “It helps to organize your thoughts beforehand by thinking about the things you expect you’ll be asked and then reflecting on how you might answer,” think through where your boundaries are, so that you’re not paralyzed agonizing over whether you’re willing to confide something or not.”

In a job interview, organizing your thoughts by thinking about the things you expect you’ll be asked and reflecting on how you might answer can help you navigate if things start to go badly.
(5) Take control by pivoting to something you want to talk about.
(6) Ms. Gross doesn’t want you to dodge questions. But if you’re going to, here’s how: Say, “I don’t want to answer that,” or, if that’s too blunt, hedge with a statement like, “I’m having a difficult time thinking of a specific answer to that.” Going the martyr route with something like, “I’m afraid by answering that I’m going to hurt somebody’s feelings and I don’t want to do that,” is another option.
(7) Terry pays attention to body language. Be like Terry.
(8) When to push back, and when not to.
body_language  Communicating_&_Connecting  conversations  curiosity  howto  humour  interviews  interview_preparation  job_search  preparation  tips  nonverbal  posture  ice-breakers  concision  Managing_Your_Career  pay_attention 
november 2018 by jerryking
Q&A: Tips From a Serial Job Interviewer - At Work - WSJ
Jun 10, 2014| WSJ |By ADAM RUBENFIRE.

WSJ: Over the course of 100 interviews, you’ve been asked a lot of questions. Which ones caught you by surprise?

Faruqi: The ones that caught me by surprise were the ones that were either really good or really bad. Some of the best that I’ve been asked were: “What values did you grow up with? What makes you proud of who you are?” Also, “What’s the most exaggerated point on your résumé?”
interview_preparation  job_search  questions  interviews  hiring  financial_services  Wall_Street  Wharton  alumni 
june 2014 by jerryking
How to Get a Job at Google, Part 2 -
APRIL 19, 2014 | NYT| Thomas L. Friedman.

(1) “The first and most important thing is to be explicit and willful in making the decisions about what you want to get out of this investment in your education.”
(2) make sure that you’re getting out of it not only a broadening of your knowledge but skills that will be valued in today’s workplace. Your college degree is not a proxy anymore for having the skills or traits to do any job.

What are those traits? One is grit, he said. Shuffling through résumés of some of Google’s 100 hires that week, Bock explained: “I was on campus speaking to a student who was a computer science and math double major, who was thinking of shifting to an economics major because the computer science courses were too difficult. I told that student they are much better off being a B student in computer science than an A+ student in English because it signals a rigor in your thinking and a more challenging course load. That student will be one of our interns this summer.”

“What you want to do is say: ‘Here’s the attribute I’m going to demonstrate; here’s the story demonstrating it; here’s how that story demonstrated that attribute.’ ” And here is how it can create value. (Apply this also to cover letters).
howto  job_search  Google  Tom_Friedman  Lazlo_Bock  attributes  cognitive_skills  creativity  liberal_arts  résumés  new_graduates  coverletters  hiring  Managing_Your_Career  talent  grit  interviews  interview_preparation  value_creation  Jason_Isaacs  Asha_Isaacs  Jazmin_Isaacs 
april 2014 by jerryking
Avoid e-mail at first light - The Globe and Mail
Three tools to manage passwords

Entrepreneur Nicholas White checked out various password managers and picks Dashlane as the best, with 1Password as runner-up and Passpack as second runner-up.
Trainer Zachery Rose recommends asking these questions at the end of a job interview: Is there any reason you wouldn’t hire me? As an employee, how could I exceed your expectations? What excites you about coming into work?
passwords  productivity  e-mail  questions  interview_preparation  job_search 
october 2013 by jerryking
Before the Job Interview, Do Your Homework -
June 1, 2013 | NYT | By EILENE ZIMMERMAN

“Know the major industry trends and news,” he says, and be able to talk about how they could affect the company.

Find out who runs the company and how they got there. “Look at their profiles on LinkedIn and see if you find a common bond,” says David Lewis, the chief executive of OperationsInc., a human resources outsourcing and consulting firm in Norwalk, Conn. “If you are able to say, ‘I went to the same college as you’ or ‘I also majored in psychology,’ that demonstrates you really did your homework.”

Familiarize yourself with the company’s products or services and look for ways, even small ones, to possibly expand or add value. Note the positives, then talk about opportunities you see, says Moses Lee, C.E.O. of Seelio, a platform that lets students and recent college graduates post samples of their work and search for jobs.
interview_preparation  interviews  Managing_Your_Career  due_diligence 
june 2013 by jerryking
In Tight Market, Job Candidates Must Upgrade Interview Skills -
May 21, 2002 |WSJ| By KRIS MAHER
Focus on Recruitment, Pay and Getting Ahead

Do your homework:
Be flexible:
Correct any negative impressions: candidates should ask, "What concerns do you have about my background?"
Highlight life experience:
job_search  interviews  interview_preparation 
september 2012 by jerryking
Meeting Plan
From the late 1990s

Plan strategically before a meeting. plan everything.
Set realistic meeting goals. Making contact is an honourable goal.
meetings  templates  interview_preparation  '90s 
august 2012 by jerryking
How to Ace a Tough Interview
July 1994 | Working Woman | Stephen M. Pollan and Mark Levine. How to prepare for a stress interview.
decision_making  interview_preparation  interviews  Managing_Your_Career  howto  decision_trees 
august 2012 by jerryking
Thinking is difficult. Make time for it
Jul. 29 2012 | The Globe and Mail | by HARVEY SCHACHTER.
Thinking is difficult. Make time for it

Schedule five blocks of 15 minutes in this week’s schedule for thinking, recommends productivity consultant Jason Womack. If it works, you may want more. The Womack Report.
A key question to gauge job applicants

Consultant Art Petty recommends using this question to probe candidates in job interviews: What are you doing to get better at what you do?
continuous_improvements  continuous_learning  Harvey_Schachter  hiring  interviews  interview_preparation  metacognition  productivity  questions  thinking 
july 2012 by jerryking
How to prepare for strange interview questions
Aug. 9, 2010 | Fortune | Note to self: identify the value chain, identify their value proposition.
howto  interview_preparation  interviews 
november 2010 by jerryking
Twitter Keynote Gets Thumbs-Down -- on Twitter -
March 15, 2010 | New York Times | The common thread of the
two SXSW interviews mentioned above isn't a critique of the folks being
interviewed, it's with the moderators. In highly networked situations
like SXSW, moderators need to come prepared to ask fair but provocative
questions. This takes research -- including crowdsourcing *before* the
interview to solicit good questions -- and the ability to bring the
audience into the conversation when it's appropriate....Having attended
both this interview & the one the following day with the CEO of
Spotify, this was simply a matter of the interviewer not being prepared.
Haque thought he could get up there, wing it and be engaging. Williams
is not that dynamic so the interviewer needed to enliven the discussion.
Haque did not. He led the conversation and didn't probe. Its
interviewing 101. Haque is likely a smart guy but was out of his
element. And shame on him for not using the Twitter medium as part of
the interview. That's a no-brainer.
SXSW  Twitter  Evan_Williams  start_ups  silicon_valley  interview_preparation  umairhaque 
october 2010 by jerryking
OFFICE SPACE: THE BOSS; The Power of Persistence
November 6, 2005 | New York Times | By JAMES A. GUEST; AS
TOLD TO PATRICIA R. OLSEN. I always just went after the jobs I wanted
and kept at it without being obnoxious. People have taken a chance on me
and trusted me to bring a fresh perspective. In 1973 I wanted to be
banking and insurance commissioner of Vermont although I had no
experience in either field. I called and the governor's aide said they
really wanted a Vermont native. I called again and said I was going to
be in Vermont the next week and asked to stop in. I brought a 10-page
report with me about what I would do if I got the job. They called the
next week and offered me the position.
perseverance  persistence  inspiration  fresh_eyes  interview_preparation  Ted_Kennedy  career_paths  Managing_Your_Career  '70s  Vermont 
february 2010 by jerryking
Russert's Career Advice: Just Do It -
JUNE 16, 2008 | Wall Street Journal | by ROBERT COSTA. Russert
stopped by Notre Dame this April, a month before my graduation, to give
the Red Smith Lecture in Journalism. He talked about the need to
prepare for every interview. "It is essential that I do what I didn't do
when I was in college," he said. "I had been taught that if I read my
lesson before class, show up in class on time, review my notes after
class, then the exam would be easy. They were right. I did not do that,
but it is what I do now, each and every day." Russert told us at Notre
Dame to challenge ourselves to think critically about what we saw and
read. "It is not enough to confirm your political views by only
accessing and reading outfits that reinforce your views but do not
challenge them," he said.
interview_preparation  Tim_Russert  career  advice  critical_thinking  inspiration  reminiscing  journalists 
february 2010 by jerryking
Opening doors
Feb. 20, 2010 | Globe & Mail | WALLACE IMMEN. "Googling" a
company isn't enough- everyone does that. A source of insider info. is
your local librarian. S/he can help you access business data bases,
trade journals, newspapers and annual reports that aren't available free
anywhere else. Also, scope out competitors of the company you hope to
work for and informally contact current or former employees of either
your target company or a competitor who might give an idea of the
corporate culture & priorities of mgmt. Research the hiring mgr. via
LinkedIn & Facebook to find clues to the person's hobby or
charitable interests...Turn tables on the interviewer...respond with:
"I've been doing some research on your company and the industry."
After mentioning a challenge you've found the company is facing, follow
up with something like: "I can completely relate to that issue and, in
fact, I faced it many times when I was in my previous role." Talk about
how you see it creates an opportunity.
interview_preparation  job_search  Wallace_Immen  due_diligence  scuttlebutt  Managing_Your_Career  libraries 
february 2010 by jerryking
Corner Office - John Chambers of Cisco - Treasure Your Setbacks - Question -
Aug. 1, 2009 | New York Times | Interview w. John Chambers,
chairman and CEO, Cisco Systems, conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant.
(1) We’re products of the challenges faced in life; (2) Becoming a
great company involves encountering major setbacks--near-death
experiences--and overcoming them; (3) During stressful events, it’s
valuable to be your calmest, most analytical self; (4) Today’s world
requires a different leadership style — more collaboration and teamwork
including using Web 2.0 tech; (5) Build relationships with people who
have dramatically different views from yours by identifying and focusing
on areas shared in common; (6) Moving too slow or moving too fast
without process behind it are both dangerous; (7) Interview questions -
tell me about your results;your mistakes and failures-what would you do
differently this time? who are the best people you recruited and
developed-where are they today? Customer-oriented? Good listeners?
Domain expertise? Sports played?
Cisco  CEOs  leadership  lessons_learned  interviews  hiring  interview_preparation  John_Chambers  setbacks  teams  stressful  resilience  bouncing_back  collaboration  dual-consciousness  dangers  internal_systems  relationships  calm  industry_expertise  dissension  process-orientation 
august 2009 by jerryking
How to find a job - Fortune on
Mar 30th 2009 |Fortune Magazine | By Jia Lynn Yang, writer-reporter

Slide presentation
interviews  interview_preparation  job_search  résumés 
april 2009 by jerryking
Take That Skill, Use It -
MARCH 1, 2009 WSJ by ALEXANDRA LEVIT on career reinvention.
(1) Determine what your special skill is actually worth to a potential
employer or clients, and how you have demonstrated its use in your past
work. Challenges-Actions-Results
Use something called the C-A-R formula. "Write out all of your stories
of success related to that skill," List Challenges you've faced, Actions
you took, and corresponding Results."
(2) Use Google to research related keywords. Network with groups and
associations directly related to the skill.
(3) Create a functional résumé in which experience is listed by job
function or skill (see samples at
career  reinvention  résumés  interview_preparation  Alexandra_Levit  skills  job_search 
march 2009 by jerryking
The traditional interview: That's so yesterday
April-07-2008 G&M column by Craig Silverman looking at
creative ways to hire and avoiding candidates who master the interview,
but not necessarily the job itself.
hiring  creativity  interviews  interview_preparation 
january 2009 by jerryking

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