How To Ace The Top 7 Most Common Interview Questions

Originally Published in ForbesAshley Stahl

I always tell my clients that they should be prepared to answer all sorts of different questions during a job interview. After all, employers are known for throwing in curveball questions to catch prospective employees off guard and gauge how they react. Do you know what you would say if someone interviewing you asked, “What sort of animal would you be?” or “Design a spice rack for the blind,” or “What would you do if you found a penguin in the freezer?” Probably not. But fortunately for you, employers tend to stick to the basics when it comes to interviewing candidates. Here are seven of the most common interview questions and how to ace them. 1. “Tell me about yourself.” This is the notoriously vague question you’ll get in some … Read More

Seven Ways To Get Motivated At Work

Originally Published in ForbesAshley Stahl

I wrote recently about common distractions at work, and how they interfere with employee productivity. Cell phones, the internet, and gossip are undoubtedly among the list of those responsible for affecting our focus during the workday and decreasing productivity… This got me thinking about ways to combat and minimize workplace distractions so that our economy and employees continue to grow. And this brings me to the inevitable question…Why are so many people distracted at work? Is it because the distractions are readily available and they make it hard to focus? Or do employees lack motivation, which causes their minds to wander over to these distractions? And hence, a typical “chicken or the egg” question. Lack of motivation at work isn’t a foreign concept. In fact, most … Read More

Here’s One Way To Make Everyone Happier At Work

Originally Published in ForbesAshley Stahl

One of the most profound moments I’ve had was encountering a woman at a triathlon that I attended to cheer on a friend. The woman was alone and was cheering like there was no tomorrow. Not such an uncommon sight at a triathlon…but when I asked her who she was cheering for, I was amazed by her answer: “Everyone.” “Great! But who are you specifically here for?” I asked. “No one. I don’t know anyone here.” She admitted. What an awesome, selfless gesture, I thought to myself. To think, this woman marked her calendar for 5am on a Sunday to cheer for a bunch of strangers. …And then I did what any rational person would do: I decided to join her. Together, we cheered on … Read More

5 Things You Need To Know About Getting Recruited Through Social Media

Originally Published in ForbesAshley Stahl

Cindy was an eager job hunter, and by the time she found me, she’d sent out 179 job applications, to be exact. Naturally, she challenged me when I told her there were countless employers out there actively recruiting for great talent. Cindy responded: “If they were really hiring, someone would have responded by now.” I explained to her that it’s just a matter of making the right moves so that you’re getting noticed. Plus, the landscape for job hunting and recruiting has changed drastically, thanks to social media. Social media has created an ideal platform for a growing recruitment practice employers are using called “passive recruiting”—basically, a fancy term for the act of poaching good talent from other employers by recruiting people who aren’t even … Read More