• How to Answer "What Is Your Biggest Weakness" in an Interview

    By Wednesday, August 21, 2013 2 Permalink 0

    What is your biggest weakness? The interview question everyone hates. It sparks worry and angst. Nobody wants to cost him or herself a job by divulging a weakness that'll put them out of the running. Understandable. I get questions on how to answer this regularly. Folks come to me looking for the best cookie cutter response. What weakness can they spin into a positive to catapult them into the next round of interviews? How do they dodge ...

  • Why You Shouldn’t Send a Handwritten Thank You Note

    By Monday, August 5, 2013 17 Permalink 1

    Just send me an email. Please. A couple days ago, I found myself in a discussion about the effectiveness of the handwritten thank you note. I was surprised to find out how many people are still sending handwritten notes or are advocates of them.  The thought is that the handwritten note differentiates a candidate from the others, who are just sending a thank you email. My view is this: The medium for your thank you note ...

  • Be Memorable. Even After Rejection.

    By Wednesday, May 1, 2013 3 Permalink 2

    I got an email a while ago from a candidate that didn't get the job. It's not uncommon to hear back from a runner-up  In fact, a thorough "thank you" note after the overall process concludes is a requirement if you wanna be memorable...even if you didn't get the job. I've fast-tracked people on positions before simply because I remembered them from a previous interview or conversation Why am I harping on this here? This "thank you" note ...

  • Why You Should Always Know Your Worth

    By Sunday, February 24, 2013 15 Permalink 7

    I got a few questions last week on Twitter from folks that did something during an interview that many of us have done before: Blurted out a salary range when asked, did research after the interview, then realize the range they blurted out was way lower than the industry standard. Uncool beans. It's very easy to get caught offguard by an impromptu call from a recruiter. That's usually not his or her intention. It's not ...

  • Things You Should Know for an Interview

    By Monday, December 17, 2012 0 Permalink 6

    It's been a little while here, but check out my most recent article at EBONY: Applying for jobs in a down economy has to be one of the least enjoyable tasks out there. You know you’re competing against the world. You’re praying that your résumé is optimized to appease the Applicant Tracking System gods. And once you’ve looked for a little while with minimal results, you get discouraged. Then one day you get an email from a recruiter ...

  • Interviewing the Hiring Manager: Four Questions You Should Ask

    By Thursday, November 15, 2012 5 Permalink 3

    Interviewing is a 2-way street. I'm sure you've heard this before, but you'd be surprised how many candidates struggle with asking valuable questions. They get to the interview and when it's turned over to them, they go with a lame question like "Tell me more about the company," or "What type of books do you read?" Tell you more? Haven't you done your research? Didn't YOU apply for this job? Be more specific or deal with my ...

  • Lessons on Negotiation from @SharkTankABC

    By Thursday, November 8, 2012 0 Permalink 78

    I had the opportunity to write an article for Brazen Careerist, a popular career and lifestyle site for young professionals. Below you'll see an excerpt from my article, titled Lessons from the Shark Tank: How to Lose an Offer in 15 Minutes or Less. Hope you enjoy and find it useful! -- We can learn a lot of lessons from the hit show Shark Tank, both as entrepreneurs and as job seekers. Haven’t seen the show? Think a panel interview with ...