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When Not to Wear a Suit to an Interview

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My first jobs out of the military were in the government, a Japanese economic research company, and then with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. When it came to interviews, it was common sense that I wear a suit to the job interview, and coming from the military, this makes sense. But did you know that sometimes wearing a suit to an interview will likely cost you the job? Knowing what to wear to an interview (or not to wear) can... more

Four Job Interview Mistakes You Should Avoid

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When applying for civilian jobs, try to avoid making these common interview mistakes. This article originally appeared on Task & Purpose, a digital news and culture publication dedicated to military and veterans issues. While being invited into a company for a job interview is a great accomplishment, it does not mean you automatically have the job. During an interview, you're making a first impression on hiring managers who may be consideri... more

What is Your Unique Value Proposition?

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Don't be surprised if at some point you're in a job interview and the job recruiter asks, "What makes you special?" or "Tell me about your personal brand" or even, "What is your Unique Value Proposition". In each of these questions, the recruiter is asking you to differentiate yourself from a sea of candidates who might all look and sound like you. Why would recruiters want you to spell out your uniqueness?  Because most job candidates spend ... more

Tips for a Successful Phone Interview

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More and more, employers are requesting phone interviews with job candidates before they bring them in to meet in person. This allows employers to ask pertinent questions, assess behavioral temperament, and evaluate personality and character before they commit to a face-to-face meeting. While it might seem easier to do a phone interview – you don't have to dress up! – applicants often find the challenges of not meeting in person and get... more

6 Critical Tips for Informational Interviews

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Before you print your resumes and fill out online applications, there’s an important step most job seekers miss: doing informational interviews. The informational interview is not a first date, job interview, or media query. Informational Interviews are meetings you initiate with people to inquire about and extract data, insight, and information about a company, career, or industry you are interested in pursuing. An Informational Interv... more

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