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Would You Drive Somewhere Without Knowing Where You’re Going? Why is Your Career the Same Way?

May 8th, 2018

When was the last time you were driving to a new place and didn’t rely on a maps app installed on your smartphone? At the very least, you would have searched for the place’s location on the web before getting in your car. If you take these calculated and strategic steps to get to any destination, shouldn’t you have this type of careful focus for your career?

How to Navigate Through Your Career & Reach Your Goals Successfully

Your maps app may find you a route with the least traffic and delays, and while there’s no app to do that for your career, there are things you can do to reach your career goals without too much distraction.

First, Find Career Clarity

Determine your career goals. This will take some time and careful thought, but it’s so important to set clear goals. Some career mentors suggest writing down (or you can use a recorder as well) your thoughts on a daily basis to help yourself understand and make sense of your many different ideas. After you decide on your career goals and aspirations, you can still utilize this brainstorming exercise to keep yourself focused on the goals instead of getting distracted with random thoughts or ideas.

Determine Your Directions to Success

Once you set your career goals, you must know create your directions, or actionable steps, to reach success. The idea is that each larger career goal is broken down into smaller goals or steps so you see a clear path. Just like following an app’s directions, this will help guide you. And yes, you can expect to encounter some delays or detours on your path to career success, but with your clear focus on your goals, you’ll be able to readjust without losing too much time or motivation.

Stay the Course

As you navigate along your career path, it’s important to revisit your main goals, and also your actionable steps to make sure that you are staying the course. Are your daily projects, tasks, or even free time, in line with your career goals or are they distractions? It could be incredibly helpful to have a mentor or colleague to keep you motivated and accountable along the way as well.

Get on the Path to Career Success

If you are looking for a job to help you meet your career goals, or want guidance on creating your successful career, contact Concorde Personnel.

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Are the Job Candidate’s Answers to Behavioral Interviews Questions Real?

April 13th, 2016

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As a job interviewer, your main priority is to determine whether the candidate in front of you is qualified for the job you have available. Unfortunately, that’s impossible to judge if you’re not getting accurate, honest information from the candidate. And separating truth from fiction can be extremely tricky.

A simple solution is to rely on a different kind of interview question, namely behavioral questions. Essentially, these questions ask candidates to relay anecdotes describing their credentials, character, and past performance. Since a good response requires so many specific details, many of which you can verify, it’s a lot harder for candidates to lie, exaggerate, or obscure information. Follow these tips for getting the most out of this line of questioning.

Be Open Ended

The narrower your questions are, the easier it will be for candidates to fabricate information. Make sure that your questions are very general and tie into the kinds of experiences and situations that all professionals face. Examples include “Tell me about a time when you took on a leadership role” or “Describe a situation when you had to overcome adversity.” With broad prompts like these, it becomes a lot easier to tell when information is being created off the cuff.

Explore the Nature of the Problem

You’re trying to determine if the candidate has faced the kinds of pressures and problems they’re likely to encounter in their new role at your company. When posing behavioral interview questions, ask candidates to describe these problems in depth. If they are able to provide specifics, it indicates that this was a real professional obstacle, and one they’ll feel confident tackling in the future.

Focus on Resolutions and Results

It’s far too easy for candidates to be vague and “wishy washy” when describing solutions to the problems mentioned above. Don’t let candidates get by with simply asserting that they were successful. Ask them to provide actual metrics and detailed examples. Later, you can follow up on these facts when you check the candidate’s references.

Pay Attention to the Long Term

The true efficacy of a solution is often not apparent until months or years have passed. After learning about the solutions put in place, find out how they affected the candidate, team, or company over the long-term. There is a lot of important information contained in the response, and a lot of potential red flags to look out for.

If you don’t feel like you’ve gotten the complete story, keep asking questions. And if you doubt some of the candidate’s claims, be sure to check references, run a background check, and hunt for inconsistencies on their application documents. A little careful sleuthing can help you avoid the consequences of making a bad hire. Learn about other ways to connect with the best talent on the market by contacting The Concorde Group, a leading staffing agency in Westchester.

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