Nosce te ipsum, especially when interviewing

For those who read this regularly, you may know that when it comes to interviewing and hiring, I’m an advocate of knowing your strengths, not dwelling on what you cannot do. Questioning someone to tease out their weaknesses is often a waste, as a smart interviewer will reverse it to show a weakness as a strength. Such interview banter often…

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How not to interview

The economic news in the second half of 2012 is rather glum. The banks are [again] laying off, Europe and the US continue to hit new high of unemployment, Asia is feeling the heat, and a case can be made for being guardedly pessimistic before the markets turn upward, which they invariably will. For those with jobs, anxiety can still…

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Can’t–or don’t want to–interview candidates? 15 tips to raise your game

If I could impact more on how my clients do their collective interviewing, I would tell them the following: [framed_box]I can help bring strong and motivated senior level candidates to you. Your job is to close the sale, not mine. The way your company organises candidate interviews is nothing short of reprehensible. A smart candidate will, sorry to say, turn…

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Interviewing? Ears wide open, please…

Some interviewing comments from Ruth Simmons, the President of Brown University. Her pointed words on what she looks for when hiring should be read carefully by both management and those looking to interview. Wise words from a wise woman: I look for people who are supremely self-confident, very secure, but also profoundly interested in other people. And I look for…

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The more I see you

The more I want you Somehow this feeling Just grows and grows As the old song goes, so it is true in business. If you want to be known and have a profile that counts, you must be visible. If you want to be courted, you must be compelling. If you want to be seen, sashay forth into the crowd–and…

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The interview addict

I wrote this last year for the Straits Times, and have gotten a number of requests for it, so here it is again.. [framed_box]Use your time to search for the right job, don't squander it on attending as many interviews as possible. People panic when looking for a new job. This creates a mindset of fear, and when fearful, one…

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