Negotiating Salary

Many companies (probably in an effort to avoid potential protests of unequal pay) have a strict policy of only offering fixed salaries for each position they staff.  In these cases, potential employees in the midst of an interview process have no choice but to take it or leave it.  But lots of other companies instead

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Hypothetical Interviews: Ineffective Evaluations

If anything, people are consistent… I have recently taken up running triathlons. Though I really do enjoy the sport, I don’t do it out of a deep-seated love of swimming, biking, and running.  Truth be told, any kind of regular exercise is a struggle for me – it is just not something I have made

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Experts Say: How You Speak Speaks Volumes

By Tanya, Wall Street Services Reporter On May 29, 2008, while the country was still in recession and millions of young Americans were graduating college, The New York Times published an article that explored how “In desperate times, applicants look for creative ways to stand out.” These desperate measures included a Craigslist ad where a

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The Hidden Power of Nonverbal Intelligence: Tips from an Ex-FBI Agent

By Tanya, Wall Street Services Reporter Now that the winter storms are over, and unemployment finally dropped below that 9% level, prospects for jobhunters may be slightly improving. While external forces are finally leaning towards favorable, now would be an ideal time to check the internal constructs of your workplace behavior that can make or

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What Questions to Ask in an Interview

What Questions to Ask in an Interview: Strategies for your questions during an interview Last weekend the times published this interview with Marc Cendella the founder and CEO of TheLadders.com.  It is a very enjoyable interview and Mr. Cendella clearly has some hard won insights on how to run a company and create a strong

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Zen and the Art of Interviewing

I had an interesting realization about one of the key determining factors in being successful in an interview. And it is one that not everyone considers. Let’s look at the example of a position we worked on for a very demanding and well respected investment bank. I will forego the specifics but the position was

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Opening the Kimono Too Wide?

So after my last post on the process for creating questions for Behavioral-Based Interviews, someone in my office questioned “Is this post too revealing?”  He was concerned that we were displaying too much of our internal process for candidates and competition.  It is a valid point – but I am not worried. Here’s why… Regarding

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Interview Mistakes

Not Another People Person! Do not, under any circumstances say you are a “people person.” Ever. The statement is completely vacuous, and yet I hear people say it all the time. This is a trait that people think is valuable, but really says nothing more than that you like people. As a prospective employer I want more. Are you persuasive? Are you comfortable working with very demanding professionals? Are you capable of quickly forming relationships? If so speak to those attributes and kick the “people person” to the crib.

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