Think Like The Boss

Originally Posted Online: Oct. 05, 2011, 4:46 pm
Last Updated: Oct. 05, 2011, 4:46 pm
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Bob Lankard - CTW Features

To gain a new perspective on what to expect in a job interview, turn the table. What do consultants tell employers to ask their candidates? A jobseeker can use that advice to his or her advantage. Here’s a start:

Ask for five references. Employers are being advised to request five rather than three references. Often, they want one from every job. You should be prepared if they do with both job and personal references. If you have ever experienced a personality conflict with a supervisor, find another manager who will give a more positive account of your time with that company.

Be aggressive in learning attitudes about previous job separation. I found it interesting that an interviewer is likely to hone in on the jobseeker’s attitude more than the event itself. Companies are less interested in details of a personality conflict than how you might deal with a similar incident. This is more reason for applicants to get the anguish out of their systems, so they can discuss the situation objectively during the interview.

Ask more character questions. This is hard for some. It is easier to tell the employer you have a commercial driver’s license than it is to give evidence that you are dependable. The key is to practice answering this type of question in mock interviews.



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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.

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