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How Managers Get 'Interim' Out of Their Titles

WSJ Careers - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 23:38
Avoid the pitfalls of stepping into a role you want on an interim basis; ‘Work & Family’ columnist Sue Shellenbarger explains how managers succeed.

An Office That Feels Personal but Professional

WSJ Careers - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 17:58
The creative director of Marimekko explains how to liven up a space without going overboard from her perch at the Finnish brand known for its bright, bold patterns.

How To Create a Mock Interview

Lisa Kaye - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 19:40

Sometimes you think you know how you come across to others but you don’t. You may think you rock in your presentation skills, or present a cool and calm presence or think you are a superstar when it comes to nailing a job interview. When was the last time you went on a job interview and what was the outcome? I thought so! If you’ve been pounding the pavement and think you are just doing fine networking your butt off then think again. If no one has offered you a job or even given you a second look, chances are you are not the picture perfect job candidate you may think you are.

Maybe it’s time for a lesson or two on how to objectively see yourself as others see you. We all think we know ourselves and we may even play twenty questions in front of the mirror admiring ourselves along the way. But do you really know what others think about you when you have just interviewed for a job? Do you ever ask for feedback and get a nervous response or a noncommittal answer? Do you leave the interview not quite sure what the other person thought or, had the perception you nailed the interview only never to hear back from the recruiter again? It’s not uncommon for recruiters or hiring managers to dodge the proverbial bullet when offering up feedback particularly if your interview did not go as well as you expected. That doesn’t mean they are a bunch of liars it just means most people, under pressure, don’t necessarily respond with honesty and directness. That’s not a judgment on you or the other person necessarily, but it does place the burden on you to become more self-aware and really understand how you are coming across.

So what is a mock interview and how can it help you polish up your interviewing skills?   A mock interview is just that, a fake, role-play exercise where you can practice how you present yourself in front of others. You can do this with another person as the interviewer, or you can do this in front of your laptop and record yourself before you go live in front of your next job interview. Here’s how to set up your mock interview:

  • Pick a comfortable setting like your living room, office, etc. (avoid the bedroom because you don’t want to look too comfortable).
  • Sit in a hard chair so that your back is straight and you have a good angle in front of the laptop, which you will place in front of you.
  • You will have already prepared or have asked someone else to prepare a list of 5-10 questions that you will answer in front of the camera.
  • Remember to wear something you would on an interview and prepare questions that you might be asked on an interview so that you are recreating as close to an actual interview you’ve experienced as possible.
  • If you can invite someone to ask you the questions off screen that’s fine, but you should begin the response to the question by incorporating part of the question in your answer. You can respond something like, “That’s a great question, how do I rate my overall job skills compared to my peers …” In this way, you can follow how you responded to each question when you go back to replay your interview.
  • Now the hard part, ask someone other than yourself to review the mock interview BEFORE you look at it. Choose someone you trust who will give you honest feedback. Write down, or have them write down the specific areas of feedback for each question you answered so you can have this to review when you view your recording.
  • Next, review your recording and have the list of feedback in front of you to go through when you critique each of your responses to the questions asked. The hardest part here is to try to look at yourself objectively.
  • When reviewing your mock interview, try not to focus on the details, if your hair was not in place or you were sitting slanted in the chair. For your first pass, focus on how well or not you verbally responded to the questions.
  • List out your own feedback, such as, did you hesitate often, did you use many “um’s” and “ah’s” when you answered the questions. View how quickly or slowly you spoke and focus on the timing of your responses.
  • Lastly, go back and critique your visual queues, appearance, posture, eye contact, any nervous habit you may not have noticed you had. Write down ALL of your observations so you have a complete list of how well you did and where you might need to improve.
  • When you complete your mock interview, create a Good/Not So Good list and put your feedback and that of the other person reviewing your recording down so you create a side-by-side comparison.   You should wait a few days before you go back and look at your mock interview again with fresh eyes to see if you pick up anything else you may add to your list.

Now that you have an “objective” observation you can critique your interviewing skills and hone up on areas where you may not have performed as well as you once imagined. It’s not a bad idea to use this to practice on your responses and come up with another list of questions and repeat the same process again in a week to see how well you improved. Remember that you are the best judge of your how well you come across and represent yourself to others. Next time you go on an interview, you’ll know exactly how someone sees you and whether or not

Originally posted in 4/2011

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Should You Be Asking for More Money?

Career-Line - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 17:30

Compare yourself to other candidates to determine if you should be asking for more money.

This article Should You Be Asking for More Money? appeared first on Expert Career Advice | Ladders.

At Kimberly-Clark, 'Dead Wood' Workers Have Nowhere to Hide

WSJ Careers - Mon, 08/22/2016 - 20:49
The diaper and tissue maker has shifted from a paternalistic company that resisted conflict to one focused on pushing workers to constantly improve, closely tracking progress and shedding laggards.

Watch Out, Retirement Savers, Your Choices Are Poised to Shrink

WSJ Careers - Fri, 08/19/2016 - 11:14
Edward Jones plans to stop offering mutual funds and ETFs in commission-based accounts because of a new fiduciary rule, as other brokerages examine their pricing structures.

Citigroup's Last Proprietary Trader Walks Out the Door

WSJ Careers - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 19:01
Anna Raytcheva, who ran a proprietary trading desk at Citigroup, is leaving to open a hedge fund as banks pull back from trading on their own account amid postcrisis rules.

Antiunion Campaign Goes Door-to-Door

WSJ Careers - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 18:47
An emerging movement to undercut public-sector unions involves a door-to-door effort to persuade workers to leave their unions or stop paying a portion of their dues.

Edward Jones Shakes Up Retirement Offerings Ahead of Fiduciary Rule

WSJ Careers - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 14:23
Edward Jones unveiled how it will serve retirement savers in light of new federal rules governing brokers, showing it will curtail mutual-fund access for retirement savers in accounts that charge commissions and slash investment minimums on others.

From Wall Street to Fashion

WSJ Careers - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 00:07
Entrepreneurs who started at financial firms take a practical approach to creating dresses, shoes, jewelry.

Cisco Plans to Cut 5,500 Workers

WSJ Careers - Wed, 08/17/2016 - 21:05
Cisco said it would shed 5,500 employees—7% of its workforce—in the networking company’s latest reaction to a shift in its core market from hardware to software.

India's Ola Lays Off Workers Amid Growing Competition From Uber

WSJ Careers - Wed, 08/17/2016 - 16:52
ANI Technologies’ ride-hailing service Ola is laying off hundreds of workers at a fellow Indian operator it bought last year, a sign of possible consolidation amid increased competition in the country from Uber Technologies.

The Worst Advice: 'Relax'

WSJ Careers - Wed, 08/17/2016 - 15:05
Instructing people to calm down typically has the reverse effect; how to help people de-stress without ordering them around.

Facebook's Point System Fails to Close Diversity Gap

WSJ Careers - Wed, 08/17/2016 - 12:21
Facebook has made little progress improving the diversity of its 15,000-person workforce, despite sweetening recruiter incentives. A lack of women and non-Asian minorities is one of the tech industry’s most persistent problems.

5 Ways To Explain Yourself in a Job Interview

Lisa Kaye - Wed, 08/17/2016 - 10:12

I know you know what you are talking about but does anyone else? We often say things to sound prolific, savvy, or with it, but do you know how it sounds to the person sitting on the other side of the desk? It would be nice to walk around with a tape recorder all the time and hit “playback” to listen to the pearls of wisdom that trickle from your lips especially when you are in an interview. Trying to impress is one thing, but sounding like a moron is another. Here are a few examples of what my 12th grade English teacher would define as an “oxymoron.” If you are not sure what that means then maybe you should stop reading this and hit the dictionary. Or as my mother would say, “Look it up!”

Here are five unexpected side effects when you open your mouth in an interview:

  • “I’m really a strategic thinker but numbers is not my thing” Okay I’m not sure which part of being “strategic” equates to not being good with numbers, but basically you are signaling to a hiring manager that you like to “think” about things and come up with the ideas, but if you have to be held accountable for the results, say like making money, well, hey pick on someone else. Being a strategic thinker means being able to think about ALL facets of the equation, including how your ideas can or will make money for the company. Anyone can be chock full of ideas, but to be able to execute and deliver results-that takes someone who is truly “strategic”.
  • “I’m a great leader but I don’t like to fire people or give my staff feedback” Yes we all like to think we can lead a cause, a mission, a staff but heaven forbid we actually have to interact with any of these people! Being a leader doesn’t mean you get to delegate the tough stuff to say your HR Manager or your assistant. Being a leader means making tough decisions and being able to take fair and compassionate action when it involves giving someone on your staff feedback or worse, if you have to let someone go for any reason. Yes, it’s nice to have the corner office, designated parking spot or annual bonus but when it comes to being a true leader, you have to take the good with the bad and be able to handle the pressure with grace and dignity.
  • “I’m a creative, I really like to focus on my art” That line may have worked for Picasso but you don’t live in a flat in Paris and unless you work by yourself, you don’t have the luxury to hole it up in a wall somewhere and come out to play when you feel like it. Being creative doesn’t mean you are allowed to play the role of a sulking artist. You will need to develop not only your creative talents but your interpersonal ones as well. If you are not a champion for your own work, what makes you think anyone will be your champion? Come out and play and show the world how wonderful you really are!
  • “I’m great managing budgets but I hate the details”  Well, hey no one said your job was going to be easy. But I would not want you balancing my checkbook no matter how great you were with a calculator if you did not have some level of being detail-oriented and precise. Having attention deficit when it’s your job to manage other people’s money is not a skill set you want to highlight especially if you are being asked to manage projects, costs, deliverables and timelines. Having great attention to detail means you are not only good with numbers but you can catch stuff before it hits the ground.
  • I’m very detail oriented but hate reviewing my own work” Unless you have two sets of eyes and are the type who can do a cross word puzzle in ink, I suggest you take a few minutes to edit yourself before someone like your boss gives you feedback you might not like. It goes without saying that if you fancy yourself a detailed person than making sure your work is accurate is a given. Winging something because you think you are that good might work some of the time but if you are a detailed type, you’d spend a few minutes making sure you are truly as good as you believe you are.

So the next time you think you are characterizing yourself accurately to a recruiter or hiring manager, make sure to stop and think again. Be mindful of how your comments can be construed when speaking to someone who does not know you as well as you think you know yourself.

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Video Job Interviews: Hiring for the Selfie Age

WSJ Careers - Wed, 08/17/2016 - 03:57
First-round job interviews are the latest part of the hiring process to undergo digitization as companies use video interviews to cut recruiting costs and times.

China Factories Turn to Robots as Wages Rise, Culture Shifts

WSJ Careers - Wed, 08/17/2016 - 01:54
China’s appetite for European-made industrial robots is rapidly increasing, as rising wages, a shrinking workforce and cultural changes drive more Chinese businesses to automation.

Some Firms Step Up Push for Gender Parity at Board Level

WSJ Careers - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 19:42
As businesses pay greater attention to parity for men and women at all levels, initiatives to recruit more female directors are bearing fruit.

WeWork to Big Companies: Work With Us

WSJ Careers - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 20:30
WeWork shot to a $16 billion valuation by luring an emerging class of entrepreneurs and freelancers into shared office spaces that are anything but corporate. Now, it is courting big companies, betting they will trade suburban office parks and commercial towers for its hip, urban workspaces.

The 8-Minute Resume

Career-Line - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 09:00

You’re eight minutes away from a better resume.

This article The 8-Minute Resume appeared first on Expert Career Advice | Ladders.