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By the time they sit down with you, most hiring managers have interviewed dozens, if not hundreds of candidates during their careers. They’ve said yes to several candidates and no to many more. And they’ve learned to identify a few clear patterns and red flags that signal a candidate just isn’t ready for a professional… read the rest »

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Some stereotypes suggest that IT candidates are shy, socially awkward or reserved, especially in the tense environment of a job interview. But the truth is, ALL candidates tend to feel shy during interviews. And very few of us feel perfectly relaxed and open while conversing with strangers who are being paid to judge us. If… read the rest »

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Almost every career plan in every industry can benefit from a little attention to long-term planning. But this type of planning is especially helpful for those who hope to climb the ladder as accountants. Why does a five-year plan matter? And what do you stand to gain by casting your glance so far into the… read the rest »

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You brought your “A” game to your first interview and you gave it everything you had. You put your best foot forward, and then you walked out the door and hoped for the best. A few days later, your efforts paid off. You landed a second interview! Congratulations … but you aren’t finished just yet…. read the rest »

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You’re proud of your company culture, and you should be! You’ve worked hard to bring things to their current state. Along the way, you didn’t make excuses for bad employee behavior, you provided coaching and positive training as needed, encouraged teams to socialize outside of work and helped your employees build the bonds that now… read the rest »

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Let’s face the facts: Job interviews are difficult. Even experienced, confident candidates sometimes make simple mistakes that can cost them an opportunity. And by sometimes, we mean often. Your success during an interview doesn’t always depend on your job skills or your professional background; sometimes it just depends on how well you handle the task… read the rest »

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When you apply for a new job, you want to demonstrate you can handle the daily requirements of the role, but you also want to prove you’re a relatable and trustworthy person. Most of us already know trust arises from a candidate’s friendliness, kindness, sense of humor and communication skill. But here’s another fact about… read the rest »

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In order to succeed in your open position, the right candidate will need the technical training required by the daily tasks of the job. This may mean an eye for quality control, experience with relevant software or bilingual fluency. Qualifications in this category are usually cut and dry; either candidates have them, or they don’t…. read the rest »

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Most candidates feel a bit of excess nervous energy during job interviews, no matter their age or level of professional experience. Jittery nerves are by no means a sign of naivete or emotional weakness, and in fact, the more nervous a candidate feels during an interview, the more likely they are to truly want the… read the rest »

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Strong candidates are adaptable. This is a simple generalization, but it applies to almost any role in any industry. Candidates who can stay on their feet and keep contributing even in the face of project swerves and schedule changes are more likely to thrive than those who fall apart, can’t recover or can’t refocus in… read the rest »