How to be memorable in a job interview beauty contest

I can only remember one Miss America winner. She had a bold nose, played a lap harp like a rock instrument, and her family spent 3 years in South America as missionaries. That was Charlene Wells.

Charlene was different, really different in a few big ways. She won without getting a nose job. It was [...]


Giving 30 seconds away can get you a job

Giving away 30 seconds to get a job may seem like a no-brainer. The trouble is that few people do it. You have to think about it. Here is how it works.

One college fundraising drive was also an experiment. The fundraisers went into the dormitory common area where there were students. Half the [...]


Hallowe’en and your job search, really.

I know it is not Hallowe’en. Humor me.

Tips for job seekers and Halloween trick or treaters are just about the same. Think about how each of these directly applies to looking for a job.

If you are scared, get your dad (a coach) to help on a few doors. Dress for success. Look the [...]


Why hiring managers should be personality tested, and not candidates

HR uses personality tests to protect their jobs when bad hires are made. Hiring managers use the tests to try and do less badly at reading personalities. If they would test themselves first, things would go better.

This article also shows why a two question test often works just as well as the hour long [...]


You have to give me a job – the scariest phrase I hear

How would you react to a candidate who said, “You have to give me a new job. I am seriously considering suicide.”

I deal with that problem for real, literally. Forgive me, please, all of you suicide counselors, but I react the same way to that statement as I do to a threat on my [...]


One huge secret to escape a stalled career

Nerds don’t just happen to dress informally. They do it too consistently. Consciously or not, they dress informally as a prophylactic measure against stupidity. (Paul Graham)

My partner changed the career of a man stuck in a job rut. He was looking for a job and no one would hire him. His current boss wouldn’t [...]


How to find the technical interview questions you will be asked

Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer. (Charles C. Colton)

Passing technical interviews used to be the bane of my company’s existence. I would send very qualified individuals for programming jobs. They would come back from their technical interview bleak and [...]


The technical interview secret they never tell you

I did great in my first interview for my first job as a programmer temp. Then they started asking questions about exactly how a database control statement was written. I had written the crazy things, but I couldn’t remember exactly how it had to go. I was forced to admit I just couldn’t remember.

That [...]


The biggest lie about phone interviews and what to do about it

They don’t really call them phone interviews in HR, they call them phone screens.

Don’t be fooled that you are ever being called on the phone for a job interview. The only reason you are ever “interviewed” on the phone is because they hope to keep from having to meet you. The idea is [...]


What to do about serial disasters in your job search

I lived a couple of summers on a dairy and hog farm. There were only two things to do with manure, put it on the fields or in the creek. Yes, once it went into the creek. The manure that went on the fields helped grow more corn and alfalfa. The manure that went [...]