Interview Tips for Executives

Job interviews: these two words conjure a range of emotions and reactions.  Whether those sentiments are anxiety, dread, excitement, or something else entirely, the fact is that job interviews are an indispensable part of professional life, especially for executives.  Even so, there is still an incredible amount of ambiguity and conflicting advice when it comes to interviewing.   There are the…

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Leadership Interview: Stef du Plessis on Culture & Unwritten Ground Rules

While in Johannesburg, South Africa, I had the opportunity to sit down with a leading global authority on employee engagement and workplace culture, Mr. Stef du Plessis. Stef and I began to dive into the differences between employee engagement and corporate culture. I was interested to understand from his point of view if there was a difference (which we both agreed there was) and if he could…

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Salary Negotiation Tips for Executives

If you’re reading this article, you’re either curious or at the winning end of a long and competitive hiring process. Either way, congratulations! Below, I distill thoughts for people navigating executive compensation negotiations. I encourage you to read my notes on why compensation before jumping to how to negotiate. Why compensation? For employers, the goal of compensation is to buy labor that…

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The Art of Following Up for Executives

Many say there is an art to the follow-up. Could they be right? Does it really matter? The selection committee is going to hire the most qualified person for the job, regardless, so why take the time at all?  For starters, follow up action is a signal many employers look for in judging candidates on their professionalism, general organization, and cultural fit. In fact, one in five hiring…

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The Guide for Senior Executives to Stand Out on LinkedIn

A simple Google search will yield countless articles on how to make your LinkedIn profile stand out and optimize for visibility. You’ll see tips for making the perfect new headshot, suggestions to add your high school Spanish class, and recommendations for taking a new online certification. All are very basic recommendations to beef up your profile and, generally speaking, they are indeed great…

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The 15 Minute Guide to a Successful Interview

Do you want to learn the techniques which will help you to smash your job interviews out of the park and get you the offer? Learning how to answer any interview question, even those tricky behavioral interview questions begins with plenty of preparation. In this article, I will share my 15-minute guide to a successful interview. My name is Gordon Berridge, and I am the UK Partner and President at…

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3 Tips To Get Discovered By Executive Search Firms

I liken the executive search process to a grown-up version of the game "hide and seek". Brands across every sector are the seekers. Executives tend to hide. If you want to learn how to get discovered by an executive search firm - keep reading. The "playground" is big and complex. It spans geographies, industries, and functions. To most, it is unfamiliar. It is also competitive. The best seekers…

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10 Reasons Your Top Talent Will Leave You

Have you ever noticed leaders spend a lot of time talking about people only to make the same mistakes over and over again? Without question, your top talent will leave you if you fail to lead and take care of them. Few things in business are as costly and disruptive as unexpected departures. With all the emphasis on leadership development, I always find it interesting so many companies continue…

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10 Steps to Creating a Talent Advantage

Creating a talent advantage begins with smart hiring. That said, it never ceases to amaze me at the number of people who are charged with hiring who possess absolutely no skill at doing so. While I rarely meet a CEO who is completely comfortable with the administration of the hiring process, most of them still seem to accept the status quo..."Who should do the hiring?" is a question more CEOs…

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Diversity And Leadership – Right Topic Wrong Conversation

I have really grown quite weary of the "Diversity" debate. It's not that the diversity discussion doesn't have merit; it does. The problem is that people are having the wrong conversation. They are arguing the wrong points for the wrong reasons. Diversity has been hijacked by those who have a political agenda, and many leaders have simply surrendered to the pressure. Let me be clear: a leader's…

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