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Dec 06, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Discussing the Confidential

Discussing the Confidential

One of the biggest dilemmas that candidates face is articulating what they have been working on and what they have accomplished most recently. Often, they are bound by confidentiality.

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Nov 15, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Getting Ahead of Yourself in the Interview

Getting Ahead of Yourself in the Interview

I know. You are super interested in the job and every day is like dating, waiting for the phone to ring, checking for voicemails every hour, refreshing your email inbox.

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Nov 08, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on The Beauty Pageant

The Beauty Pageant

I get asked all the time why someone didn't move forward in the interview process. It’s a tough question to answer, assuming that you showed up on time, presented yourself appropriately and answered most of the questions. The truth is, interviewing is a bit of a beauty pageant.

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Oct 26, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Job Seeking at 50+

Job Seeking at 50+

Over 50? There was an article in the WSJ  recently,  that resonated with me.  While we don’t work in several of the fields that were mentioned as ‘hot’ for the +50 crowd, I would agree that professional services and executive recruiting are often done best by experienced workers. But what

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Sep 21, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on The Moment Your Candidacy Is Over

The Moment Your Candidacy Is Over

We’ve heard press and pundits over the years declare a candidate’s race for the job over – often after a ‘one-liner’ or a paragraph where they say something either too vague or too stupid for the populous to give them a second chance. Guess what? It happens all the time

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Sep 06, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera 1 Comments

The Headhunter Call

A friend of mine recently asked me if he should return every call that came in from a recruiter. I know I am biased, but of course my answer was yes! Yes, you should at least thank and acknowledge the outreach – either with a quick email or return phone

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Jul 27, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Interview Fashion Crisis #5 – Shoes

Interview Fashion Crisis #5 – Shoes

Guys & Gals: spend some money on your shoes. They matter. Gals: I love my 5” heels, and agree with Bobbi Brown who said she feels on par with others when standing at a party, but you gotta leave them behind for interviews. 3” is the max and you better

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Jul 26, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Interview Fashion Crisis #4 – Jeans

Interview Fashion Crisis #4 – Jeans

You’ve decided on jeans, maybe with a cool jacket and shirt. Unless you are 35 or younger, opt for a nice indigo color, fairly conservative cut. Frayed seams, dyed, contrasting or embezzled are just too hard to pull off. Hint:  If you have no idea what I’m talking about, get a

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Jul 25, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Interview Fashion Crisis #3 – The Skirt

Interview Fashion Crisis #3 – The Skirt

Don’t do it.  Too sexy or too matronly, it’s hard to get it right.  But the net is, you need to look like you are *working*– ready to roll your sleeves up and dig in.

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Jul 24, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera 1 Comments

Interview Fashion Crisis #2 – The Tie

Sometimes, wearing a suit jacket with a great shirt is perfect for an interview.  Other times a tie is in order.  Sorry guys, it’s hard to know what’s best. Hint:  Bring a tie, take a quick glance around, duck into the men’s room and put it on if you get

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