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If lips are moving, somebody's being closed

I stopped counting the times I've heard recruiters say, "I have an offer, now I just hope my candidate accepts!"  REALLY?!  My question back has never changed, "why is it you don't already know?"  Clearly, we're not selling major appliances and our product comes complete with opinions, but we can still do better than just hoping can't we?  My philosophy has always been that anything the candidate says can and will be used against them to create a positive close.  To that end…


Posted on November 23, 2011 at 3:19pm

to Play or Not...

My boys were super excited about going to their first Little League training clinic and unbeknownst to either my wife or me, they didn't separate the groups by age or skill levels, just a bunch of humanity thrown together for a common purpose.  After 45 minutes or so of throwing, catching, batting, etc., with kids who'd been playing much longer I saw my younger son, enthusiasm gone, standing and crying in a sea of young boys who were all running around him and tossing a ball.  When my wife…


Posted on November 22, 2011 at 5:40pm

Life Keeps Score and FYI, not everyone gets a trophy...

My oldest by a minute was working with his mother on a first grade project the other evening that, for a week, allows him to be the "Superstar" of his classroom.  Pretty heady stuff when you're not quite 7 but also very telling when you're a parent listening to your child describe who they think they are.

"Post your picture and tell us your favorite,…

Posted on November 21, 2011 at 4:28pm — 2 Comments

Leaving "I" out of your interview is like leaving your name off of your resume!

Candidates have gotten so used to positioning themselves as good 'team' players that oftentimes, during an interview, they forget to include the all-important word 'I'.  ", tell me about your most recent project and describe for me some of the obstacles.  What was the scope, what were the deliverables and what was the actual vs. anticipated outcome?"  Questions like these are clearly geared toward learning about YOU and while it's important to convey that you're an…

Posted on November 18, 2011 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

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