John is an executive recruiter & speaker sharing his thoughts on healthcare, recruiting, digital technology, career management & leadership. 

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Reactive and Proactive Interview Answers

2 September, 2016 Posted by John G. Self
There are two ways to answer a question in an interview:  reactive and proactive.  While proactive is a bit of a misnomer — you are not strictly anticipating a question and answer before it is asked — it is all about taking the initiative and connecting your value with a client’s leadership need. Candidates who […] Read more»

Bad Answer for an Interview:  ‘I’m Sorry, I Don’t Know’

31 August, 2016 Posted by John G. Self
“I’m sorry, I don’t know.” While that response is certainly better than a fabricated answer contrived from whole cloth, if it is repeatedly used in a job interview there will be consequences, mostly negative. I am in the middle of screening candidates for several senior level positions and the number of times I have heard […] Read more»

LINKEDIN Alert: If You Are Clearly Not Qualified for a Job, Do Not Apply!

30 August, 2016 Posted by John G. Self
Here is the rundown for today’s podcast:  We have a three-pack of career advice.   Part I focuses on the practice of overwhelmingly unqualified candidates who apply for jobs they know nothing about.  This is a huge problem and is reminiscent of what Monster.Com became. If you are the world’s greatest out-of-work rock scientist with […] Read more»