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Don’t Fail The Unspoken Interview Test

About to ramp up a job search in 2017? Be sure to read about what still matters, according to the gatekeepers℠     Have you ever been completely confident you would get a job—or at the very least, convinced you would be a finalist? The job specifications described you perfectly, but for some reason you weren’t asked back. What […]

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Is talking politics at work the new norm?

Find out what you need to know for your career… According to the gatekeepers℠ Can a difference in political opinions matter enough to derail an important business deal? A client of mine says yes. He relayed to me a conversation with his partner that happened the day after the US presidential election:   He said, “Good day to wear black. I’m […]

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Get the Pay Package You Deserve: 5 Critical Tips for Success

Requesting a better compensation package is fraught with risk. Before you make the ask, read this! Here’s how to get what you’re worth without changing companies, According to the gatekeepers℠   Requesting a better or higher compensation package is tricky and fraught with risk. The underlying (but unspoken) message when you request a raise is […]

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Interviewing in the Wild West: A Story

I had been waiting – and waiting – and waiting – outside of the CEO’s office at Overture Studios. When I first arrived for the interview, I was so excited I could barely contain myself. Thirty years old at the time, I had a shot at the Chief Human Resources Officer job and had been […]

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The Most Important Interview Question

“Why are you looking?” will be one of the first and most important interview/networking questions you will be asked when you decide to make a leadership job move. Stakeholders carefully scrutinize your answer to this question for multiple reasons: Interviewers and other stakeholders want to hear an authentic response and most know that responses to […]

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Should You Accept a “Bigger” Job?

Don joined a $120M company as President of an autonomous subsidiary. The subsidiary lacked energy and focus, and their market was saturated with competitors. Don did what he does best – he led his new team to define a strategy and plan for an adjacent market. Within 12 months, he had grown the business from […]

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The “Must Haves” of a Country to Country Job Search (even if your target is home)

Three years ago, I was approached by a member of my advisory board who wanted me to manage his friend’s job search in the U.S. His friend was an expatriate CEO who had worked in Europe for almost two decades. “Dan wants his kids to know their grandparents and their home country before they graduate from high school, but he doesn’t know the first thing about searching for […]

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Protect Your Chance to say “Yes” or “No”

It started out as an exceptional day-both personally and professionally. I was golfing with my youngest son, and it was a beautiful outside. Between buckets, I read an email from an EVP HR informing me that one of my clients had a real shot at a “bull’s-eye” job. The EVP of HR had met my client and wasn’t sure of the fit. Regardless, she had committed to running […]

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The Most Annoying C-level Interview Mistakes (as told by the Gatekeepers)

Recently, we asked more than forty executive search partners and heads of human resources/talent the following question: “What is the most annoying C-level interview mistake?” We received some very amusing stories and anecdotes, but four answers clearly topped the charts. Starting with the most popular answer: 1) The candidate has not done basic homework. “They don’t […]

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Procrastination can be fatal to your career

Bill went through the motions during his leadership meetings or when speaking with analysts. Most weekends, he left the office on Thursday evening and headed to his home In Connecticut. He thought about making a move but couldn’t get himself started. Meanwhile, the company he was supposed to be leading was drifting with lackluster results. Chase was in a […]

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