The 10 Things Interviewers Want to Know has an interesting article entitled “10 Things Interviewers Really Want to Know.” The “top ten” point to important characteristics such as teamwork, integrity and motivation. This reinforces my philosophy that it’s the soft skills that make a hard impression!

EAB Dinner

Had the pleasure of hosting Executive Advisory Board (EAB) members at the house for dinner last night. We talked about things that should never change at Nichols as well as areas for improvement.

This picture (left to right) – Stefany Mendez’ ’13 lovely nails, Mike (I’m always this happy) Kowal ’13, Pat (let nothing stain my shirt) Hoey ’15, Stephen (should I raise my pinky while drinking tea) Mack ’13, and Robert (the weather’s fine at this end of the table) Russo ’12.

Texting During an Interview. Really? has an interesting article about blunders candidates make during job interviews. Interviews with 2,400 hiring managers reveals some common mistakes.

Two of the top five include answering a cell phone or texting (71%) and chewing gum (59%) during an interview. Here’s the link to the full article:

The Art of Racing in the Rain

If you haven’t yet read “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein, it’s a must read. Written in the voice of the family dog, Enzo, the reader gains insights into life.

Enzo shares Denny’s passion for race car driving by watching televised races, and Enzo dreams about the his next lifetime, when he is sure he will return as a man. He happily awaits the prospect of all he can do with opposable thumbs!

One of my favorite passages from the book contains Enzo’s reflection on why he knows he will be a good person: “Here’s why I will be a good person. Because I listen. I cannot speak, so I listen very well. I never interrupt, I never deflect the course of the conversation with a comment of my own. People, if you pay attention to them, change the direction of one another’s conversations constantly. It’s like having a passenger in your car who suddenly grapbs the steering wheel and turns you down a side street.” (page 101).