How to Prepare Yourself for Future Opportunities

Chance favors the prepared mind. “The prepared mind” is the characteristic of leaders who are outstanding in their talent to perceive, make sense, decide and act across a complex set of conditions. We also believe that “the prepared mind” is not a matter of chance. It is a matter of intentional preparation that requires developing […]

The Best Tweets by Career Coach Marty Nemko: Life Lead Well & Career Success

Marty Nemko is an Oakland, CA-based career coach, and author. Marty hosts the “Work with Marty Nemko” on KALW-FM, an NPR-San Francisco station. Marty Nemko blogs about career, education, men’s and boys’ issues, the life well-led, and improving the world at martynemko.blogspot.com/. A compilation of his articles and writings are at www.martynemko.com/. His YouTube channel […]

A Comprehensive List of Books Authored by Management Guru Peter F. Drucker

Famed management guru Peter Ferdinand Drucker spent his life contemplating and writing about how business interests, politics, and human nature interact at companies, non-profits, and governments all over the world. His consultations had an almost legendary reputation in business circles. Peter Drucker wrote influential works about management since the 1940s. He has written about 30 […]

Microsoft Ends its “Stack Ranking” Forced Ranking System

Per the following memo from Lisa Brummel, the head of human resources, Microsoft is ending the “stack rank system,” Microsoft’s adaptation of the forced ranking performance management system. To Global Employees, I am pleased to announce that we are changing our performance review program to better align with the goals of our One Microsoft strategy. […]

Behavioral Interview Questions by Competency: Assertiveness

Assertiveness is the ability to maturely express one’s feelings and opinions in spite of disagreement; accurately communicate to others regardless of their status or position. Behavioral Interview Question: “Some of the best business ideas come from an individual’s ability to challenge others’ ways of thinking in a mature way. Tell me about a time when […]

Behavioral Interview Questions by Competency: Team Work

Team Work is the ability to share due credit with coworkers; display enthusiasm and promote a friendly group working environment. Behavioral Interview Question: “Helping a team organize itself to get results is often a difficult thing to do. Tell me about a time when you had your greatest success in helping organize a team. What […]

Behavioral Interview Questions by Competency: Perseverance and Commitment to Task

Perseverance and commitment to task is the ability to start and persist with specific courses of action while exhibiting high motivation and a sense of urgency; willing to commit to long hours of work and make personal sacrifice in order to reach goals. Behavioral Interview Question: “We all have to make decisions on the job […]

Behavioral Interview Questions by Competency: Verbal Communication and Assertiveness

Verbal Communication and assertiveness is the ability to clearly present information through the spoken word or written word; read an interpret complex information; listen well; Ability to maturely express one’s feelings and opinions in spite of disagreement; accurately communicates to others regardless of their status or position. Behavioral Interview Question: “What have been your experiences […]

Behavioral Interview Questions by Competency: Leadership

Leadership is the ability to influence the actions and opinions of others in a desired direction; to exhibit judgment in lading others to worthwhile objectives. Behavioral Interview Question: “Give me an example of how you have used your own personal qualities and appeals to lead others.” Evaluating the candidate’s answer: Did the candidate make a […]

Tips for Telephone Interviews

Phone interviews are quite common in the initial stages of interviewing job candidates. They save recruiters and candidates a lot of time. Do not assume that phone interviews are easy just because you can sit comfortably at your home, you do not have dress up for the interview. Here are some tips to help your […]