It seems almost silly, doesn’t it? You’ve just spent 20 min. with this person, and the allotted time for your interview is done. The next candidate is waiting outside the door. And it’s NOW that the interviewer asks “Do you have any questions for me?” What? if I say yes, is the interviewer going to say “Too bad, sucker! You’re out of time!” But, if I say no, is that going to come across like I haven’t prepared? Ok, ok, this prompts a personal story that I’ll share, and then we’ll get to the questions you should be asking in an interview. Continue reading →
Beatryx Washington is one of the strongest women of my acquaintance. She exemplifies kindness and professionalism, and has a work ethic that would leave even the energizer bunny in the dust. Currently, she is the Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary at LifeVantage Corporation–a nutraceutical company. Before that, she was Senior Legal Counsel with EnergySolutions–a company that disposes of nuclear waste. And before that, she worked for GKN Aerospace–in the aviation and aerospace industry. Needless to say, her legal career has been diverse and challenging! Continue reading →
Lunch is not as care-free and casual when you are interviewing. Eating lunch with a candidate tells me more about the person than anything on the resume. Having sat through hundreds of lunches as the candidate, and now sitting on the other side of the table as the interviewer, there are some definite do’s and don’ts you need to be aware of– Continue reading →
Just yesterday my cousin asked me this very question–should she wear nylons with her suit? She’s in the accounting program, interviewing with the “big 4” and going to events where the attire is “business professional.” She plans to wear a black suit or a navy suit, but should she wear nylons? What color? Here’s the simple rule to pantyhose: Continue reading →
This is a great summer outfit to wear to an interview where the position you’re interviewing for does not require a suit. When interviewing for an office job, you want to present a clean canvas so your interviewer will have no difficulty imagining you in the role. Crazy colors or patterns can be distracting. You want to be remembered for your qualifications, not as “the girl with the huge earrings / old-fashioned blouse / weird socks….”
I heard this quote earlier in the week. I laughed, and thought it was too good not to share. Whether you’re going in for an interview, making a business pitch to a VC firm, or rowing out to find the elusive white whale, take your “tarter sauce” and go with confidence!
There is a lot of literature out there about how to get a job. Pretty sure if there was a do-it-yourself manual on how to get a job (and it actually worked) it would sell millions of copies. For me, it took a few years and thousands of rejection letters (See prior posts here and here) to land a good job. I’ve learned a lot from these experiences. If you and I were chatting over coffee, and you asked for my advice on how to get a job, here are the three simple secrets I would share: