First Date or Interview?

Imagine receiving a call from a company that is interested in interviewing you for your dream job. The initial excitement is overwhelming – you can’t wait to tell your friends, parents, and anyone who will listen. You prepare for the interview by going over possible questions, laying out your clothes, and going to bed dreaming of that offer.

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Challenge ACCEPTED

Do you ever dread looking for a new job because of the process involved? Do you get nervous about interviewing because you aren’t sure what types of questions the interviewer will ask? Do you hate online applications and/or online personality assessments? For those of you that fall into any of those categories, this won’t be changing any time soon.

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Keep It Professional

What impression are you leaving behind as you interview for a new job? Candidates often wonder, “Did I explain my resume clearly? Did the interviewer like my response to that tough question? Did I score well on those assessments?” But what many people fail to realize is that those are not the only things that can affect the hiring decision.

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The Myth of 7 Years

Would you be surprised if you actually knew the truth about the number of criminal convictions among adults these days? I recently read on yubanit.com written by: National Employment Law Project, “More than one in four U.S. adults — roughly 65 million people –have an arrest or conviction that shows up in a routine criminal background check, and a new report from the National Employment Law Project finds that these Americans are facing unprecedented barriers to employment.” But one thing I’ve heard from a number of candidates I’ve interviewed is that these convictions magically “go away” after 7 years. Well where does it “go” is my question. I’m here to tell you that your criminal history never “goes away”. I’m also here to help, both candidates and employers, with how to go about correctly putting down their criminal background history and questions you can ask in the interview process.

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Never Underestimate First Impressions

One of my favorite recent commercials, a true piece of marketing genius, is the popular “talking stain” commercial advertising Tide’s stain-removal prowess. It features a man engaged in a job interview who is sporting a coffee stain on his very white dress shirt. The stain is so large and obvious that it distracts the interviewer to the point where all of his words sound like babble.

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