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Ingenious Interview Thursdays
Make no mistake. Everyone knows how to interview but only the cream of the crop know how to interview ingeniously. You need to be ingenious to get an offer instead of your competition.  Read weekly tips on how you can stand out from the crowd, conquer your fears about interviewing and approach them with newfound confidence.

People Hire People, Not Resumes Print
Written by Abby Kohut   

Let's consider people of all ages who land jobs with barely any of the required qualifications written on the job description.

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Hurdles or Opportunities? Print
Written by Abby Kohut   

I received a question for tonight's Career Wake Up Call that makes a great blog topic, so I decided to answer that question here. It is this particular job seeker's impression that companies have been taking longer to make decisions about applicants. Moreover, companies have added additional hurdles for candidates to jump through. While this can seem frustrating on the surface, there can be a silver lining in all this.

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Touchy Topics Print
Written by Abby Kohut   

When you think of an interview, you typically think of a Q&A session where one person is asking the questions and the other person is answering them. When the interview turns into a two-way conversation rather than an inquisition, you have scored big points. At the same time, the more relaxed you feel, the more likely you are to bring up a topic that may be detrimental to your success.

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Skeletons in your Closet Print
Written by Abby Kohut   

This week I received two questions about how to explain prior convictions (i.e., felonies or misdemeanors) during interviews. While the answer depends on many different factors, the good news is that like any other hurdle, a conviction can be overcome in many cases.

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Don't Let Your Dog Eat Your Homework Print
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Although you may believe right now that any job will do, I am here to tell you that thinking that way may lead to more trouble for you than you deserve. The last thing that you want to be doing a year from now is searching for a job because you made a hasty decision without doing your homework. To avoid these missteps, pretend you are a journalist writing an article about the company you will be interviewing with. Do the research beforehand and then ask questions during the interview to complete the story.

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Drawn from my 18 years of experience and research in recruiting and Human Resources, my blog posts are intended to provide insight into what corporate recruiters and Human Resource professionals look for when they are evaluating your qualifications. Simply reading these blogs will not guarantee you success. However, consistently applying the strategies mentioned, as well as developing your own personal interview style, will greatly enhance your chances of victory amidst the competition. I wish you the best of luck with your search as you begin to take charge of your career!