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Interview advice – for candidates and leaders

How to prepare for an interview? Or if you are the leader – are the candidates your interviewing prepared?

An article in the Sunday, 5/22/16 edition of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Steve Twedt) discussed how small-talk can derail a job interview. After working in HR for many years, I am often asked how you should prepare yourself for an interview. First, you should research the company and the job prior to going on the interview (especially if it is a publically traded company – the information is easy to find). You should dress for success and arrive early. Turn off your cell phone and put it away before you even walk in the door. You should treat everyone with respect regardless of the position they hold in the company (from the receptionist, to the maintenance person, to the CEO or president – everyone). Have a positive attitude and be prepared to provide examples of why you would be the ideal candidate for the position. Be concise with your responses (don’t go off topic or elaborate too much). Be honest. The overwhelming amount of research suggests that you should not ask about salary on your first interview. Always end the interview with thanking the person for their time AND follow-up with a thank you letter or email.

Although this may sound simple, it is amazing how many HR recruiters indicate that candidates do not follow the above advice. In a very competitive environment, you want to do your best. Good luck!

Official Launch at Inspiring Lives Mastermind

      On Saturday, March 12, 2016, I launched “Leaders Empower Lives” at the Inspiring Lives Mastermind held in the Westin in downtown Pittsburgh. The conference consisted of 50 leaders/experts from around the world who shared ideas and inspiration “Ted Talk” style. Speakers came from as far as Singapore and South Africa to attend the event. This was followed by a red carpet Global Gala with over 200 prominent business leaders, non-profit executive directors & best-selling authors. The Gala included an awards ceremony, fashion show, silent auction and salsa dancing.
"Global Gala 2016"
“Global Gala 2016”
      Business & fashion! These are two of my favorites. I had the opportunity to model Lana Neumeryer’s Brazilian unique design on the runway and speak with celebrity & MC for the evening Darieth Chisom. The event raised money for the non-profit Global Sisterhood started by Dr. Shellie Hipsky, best-selling author of the trilogy Common Threads.
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     It was great making connections and meeting so many dedicated, inspiring people!
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