4 Questions to Ask in an Interview

Getting an interview can feel like a gift from above. When I was job searching last summer, I would send out resume after resume into the void of the online job boards, and usually hear nothing back. Getting asked for an interview seemed like the best possible outcome, and in a lot of ways it was. What I quickly learned, however, is that getting an interview didn’t necessarily mean I fit with the company. Sometimes, the interview simply reinforced that I wouldn’t be a good fit in that position, or with that company. What I learned, after doing a couple of interviews, was how to ask questions...

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Three Tips for Effective Communication

During my time scrolling through job boards and looking at hundreds of job ads, I noticed a common trend between them all. Every job called for communication skills, either written or oral. Every job, from the highest paying CEO positions to the very bottom entry level positions, requires communication skills. This shouldn’t be surprising: we live in a world that has become increasingly connected via the internet. With people now communicating over text, email, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, and a whole list of other communication apps, it’s no wonder that communication skills have become an...

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The Importance of Communicating Well

Communication. It’s a word that everyone agrees is important, yet many people have difficulty accomplishing it well. There are a lot of measures to define communication effectiveness. The one that I use is to ask myself 6 questions about my communication to ensure that I am communicating well individually and organizationally to build trust, and also ensure that I am accomplishing what I say I will accomplish. Why? When I think through the purpose of a message/conversation, I ask myself what I am trying to accomplish.  I think we’ve all seen the e-mail chains in which everyone makes a...

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How to Handle a Presentation Interview

In the many interview situations I’ve been in, I think the most nerve-wracking is the presentation interview. Certainly, in my first presentation interview I was a bucket of anxiety. Not only was I trying to present myself well as an interviewee, but I was also trying to impress them as a presenter. Trying to do both of those things at once? Not exactly a walk in the park. However, it’s an interview style that everyone will probably experience, as presentation interviews are becoming more and more common. Employers will propose a topic and ask you to give a presentation (generally no more...

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How to Approach a Group Interview

During my first job search post-college, I was invited to interview twice in a group interview setting. The first time this occurred, I had no idea what to expect. I’d never been invited to a group interview before. How big was the group going to be? Would I get enough time to talk? How was I supposed to interact with the other candidates? Most of my peers were also uncertain about this new “group interview” situation. They’d never heard of a group interview, and many of them had never experienced one before. What was I to do, then, in order to be prepared? It turns out that, for the most...

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