USNews.com 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! http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2012/03/21/10-things-interviewers-really-want-to-know?s_cid=rss:outside-voices-careers:10-things-interviewers-really-want-to-know
A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education details the monetary value of various college majors. Business is one of the highest paying. Only Engineering and Computer Science have higher salaries. The article provides an interesting graph with details: http://chronicle.com/article/Median-Earnings-by-Major-and/127604/
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.
CareerBuilder.com 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: http://www.careerbuilder.com/share/aboutus/pressreleasesdetail.aspx?id=pr614&sd=1/12/2011&ed=01/12/2011
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).