Google ‘interview prep’ and you’ll find a lot of lists - lists of potential prompts, lists of common mistakes, lists of questions to ask, lists of lists. But not everything can be filtered down into an easy-to-digest checklist. Some things - the most important things, usually - need a little extra detail.
When it comes to interviewing, you don’t want to leave your hiring manager with a superficial catalog of your skills and experience. If 5 years of recruiting has taught me nothing else, it’s that stories are your friend. Focus on core themes, use narrative, and be specific.
The power of specificity will get you far. It can mean the difference between leaving your interviewer with a sense of your competence and aptitude - and leaving them with the feeling that you’re ‘all talk.’
Here’s how I coach my candidates:
How to ace your next interview, according to San Diego’s top Finance and Accounting recruiter
1. Craft the story you want to tell.
Start by considering your audience. What do you have to offer t...
You already said what you had to say – and expressed your profuse gratitude – in the interview itself. Why should you take the time to rehash what’s already been clearly spelled out? Is a Thank You note really necessary?
The short answer is yes; the Thank You note is a lot more than an antiquated tradition. A recent CNBC report reveals that, despite hiring experts saying the Thank You note is ‘critical,’ only 25% of entry-level applicants actually send thank you notes after interviews.
Still think they’re unnecessary? A client of mine - a CFO at one of the fastest growing companies in DFW - goes so far as to closely monitor not only ...
The anatomy of a thank you note – what you need to write to get hired.
...And it’s not in growing, trimming, or testing.
Cannabis is nothing new to Californians - though recreational marijuana was only legalized in January, the medicinal industry has had a hold on the state for over two decades. For a supposedly ‘emerging market,’ recreational cannabis already has an astonishing level of infrastructure, regulation, and built-in clientele.
So why join now? There’s a distinctly youthful energy to the industry - and it’s not just that cannabis appeals especially to millennials. Getting into this market now means you’ll have the infrastructure and support of an established industry without sacrificing the opportunity to shape its future and the creative freedom to determine your own path.
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California’s cannabis industry has a job for you.
Have you tried landing a summer internship recently? I didn’t think much of it – until I started looking for a summer job of my own. The journey is a whirlwind; finding somewhere where you can flex your creative abilities while growing your professional network and honing your analytical skills is no easy feat. Add to that the stress of unanswered applications and seemingly infinite choices, and landing that summer internship can prove to be a uniquely anxiety-provoking experience.
It’s only when you finally accept an offer that everything starts to feel right. That is, if you accept an offer at the right place.
From my very first day at Proven Recruiting, I knew I had found a second home. The friendly faces, animated personalities and warm welcomes immediately made me feel like I belonged. It’s not easy starting a new internship - let alone your first internship - but the encouraging atmo...
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There’s no better time to become a consultant. Here’s why.
If there was a way to maintain your professional freedom and stay true to your goals, all while adding to your resume - would you do it?
At least 1 in 5 Americans are already getting in on the gig economy. Recent studies show that as much as 34% of the US labor force are contract workers, and that number is only growing. As bespoke services and hyper-personalization become the norm, the supply of contractors can hardly keep up with demand. Plus, record low unemployment rates are pushing companies to hire more flex workers than ever before.
Depending on yo...
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Why is talking about yourself so hard? Shouldn’t it be one of the few subjects you can speak to without hesitation or thought? Yet this topic - whether raised in an interview setting, at a networking event, or at a cocktail party - is, and forever will be, a common and often stressful conversation piece throughout your life.
In recruiting, I deal with this prompt regularly. ‘Tell me about yourself’ or ‘walk me through your background’ are the requisite first liners at any decent interview. How you answer will set the tone for the following conversation - be that a strained Q&A or a naturally flowing discussion.
Here’s the key: the way in which you approach this topic at a cocktail party cannot be the same as the way you do in an interview. This prompt requires unique handl...
‘Tell me about yourself’ – how to answer the most misunderstood interview prompt
Did you know? America’s Finest City is home to 400 new startups every year. Add that to the hundreds of large-scale companies that call San Diego home, and you’ve got virtually unlimited opportunities to build a successful career in tech - be it as a recent graduate at a STEM startup, or as a seasoned professional at a Fortune 500 company.
SD’s tech scene is growing, innovating, and attracting more big-name companies - hello Google and Amazon! - than ever before. But where, exactly, are all these jobs? How can YOU land one?
It’s all in knowing where to look. We’ve all heard of Qualcomm and Petco, but can you name the small and midsize companies that avoid advertising on big websites?
That’s where we come in. We know where to find the hidden gems and we’re ready to share, so listen up.
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The growing t...
If my first two Networking Guides were the Blueprints, consider this article your Next level Training. You’ve learned the value of building your personal brand, expanding your professional network, increasing your ability to found long-term relationships and exposing yourself to different viewpoints. Now it’s time to put these new skills to work in your everyday life.
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When you originally leave the workforce, you’re likely to run through a series of probative questions; will anyone want to hire me in the future? What will change in my absence? Will I ever be able to ‘catch up’?
Having worked in recruiting for 20+ years - and as the Co-Founder and CEO of Proven Recruiting - I've seen people leave and rejoin the workforce for a variety of reasons. Travel, child-rearing, short-lived retirements, military service - you name it, I've worked with them. But despite the diversity of motivations, one thing is constant; whatever your reason for leaving, the return is, without fail, anxiety-provoking.
Banking on my professional experience, a friend recently approached me looking for guidance. She was ready to return to work after having children, now with a 7-year resu...
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