I thought I’d share a few interesting articles for you to read – and start off the week on the right foot.
I think Richard Bolles could – nearly – qualify for sainthood based on the number of people he has helped. His book, “What Color is Your Parachute,” is an absolute must read. It exemplifies the philosophy of teaching a person to fish versus just giving a person a fish.
I have articles of him and by him scattered through my site but Vivian Giang wrote a very nice article, “Here’s What an Interviewer Really Means When They Ask ‘What is Your Greatest Weakness?'”
In interviews, some questions are strategically placed to either make or break a job candidate.
Brainteaser questions are meant to see if you can think on your feet. Situational questions are supposed to reveal your problem-solving abilities.
Another interesting on interviewing, this one from Bloomberg Businessweek – “Bain’s Tough Interviews Get No Complaints From MBAs.” I kinda like Bain’s approach. They dispense with the cookie cutter questions and ask candidates to discuss a case they’ve worked on, in a holistic manner (seems to me).
The key takeaway:
His best advice for MBAs who want to work at Bain? “[The best candidates] listen to the question, they really take a second to understand what the underlying problems are, and they break the problem into rational parts. They’re comfortable with the math. They understand when they’ve done enough to answer the question, and they’re confident enough to make a recommendation based on that.” Bevans adds, “It’s OK to smile.”
Finally, A great article from a year ago that talks about online branding. If you have any inclination or notion to do a deep dive into online job search or job hunting, then you need to read this article – “Online Personal Branding Increases Your Hireability.” By the way, clicking on the title takes you to the original posting of mine that reference Geoffrey James’ article. Or click on the link following the short excerpt to go directly to his article.
Geoffrey James does a great job in breaking down this very important topic and says it all with this intro:
If you want to be successful in today’s hypercompetitive job market, you must differentiate yourself from other candidates. One way to accomplish this is to create an your own online brand.
The concept of personal branding is hardly new. Tom Peters popularized it in a seminal article in 1997, and self-help books since the 1930s have equated career success with how well you package yourself. Personal branding has evolved, however, and now requires more than (as Peters so quaintly put it) “selling the sizzle, not the steak.”
Today, your personal brand is colored and even defined by the information about you that’s available on the Web. Here’s a step-by-step method for making sure that, when a hiring manager checks you out, your personal brand makes you the standout candidate.
By the way, a tremendous resource that you must use is Linkedin, as discussed by Kevin Donlin in his article, LinkedIn Job Search Secrets.
You just have to devour information. Somewhere – somewhere in there could be the one nugget of information could make the difference. It’s a game of inches – just an inch better or more informed than the person interviewing before or after you. So, read!