5 Ways to Show the Interviewer You’re the Best Hire in the World

Originally Published in the Daily MuseAshley Stahl

The only thing more nerve-wracking than a job interview is walking into the waiting room and realizing that you’re in a sea of candidates. You know you’re a stellar hire, but how are you going to outshine the rest of them when it’s your turn to face the interviewer? Your resume may have gotten you through the doors, but it’s your personality and communication skills that will keep you there. In fact, employers are looking for the story that your resume cannot tell, and it’s up to you to share it. Here are five key ways to demonstrate in your interview that you, among the rest of the group, are the right one to hire. [Read more…]

How to (Nicely) Turn Down Recommending Someone

Originally Published in the Daily MuseAshley Stahl

There are some requests in life that are tough to refuse. For example, when an old friend is unexpectedly in town and needs a place to stay, you feel compelled to say “yes” regardless of how busy you may be, because you really can’t think of an acceptable way to say “no.” Likewise, many people feel obligated to say “yes’ when asked to recommend or write a recommendation letter for a colleague. But what if the person requesting your endorsement is someone you don’t know very well? What if his or her performance was so unimpressive that you would be hard-pressed to come up with a single positive attribute? Or, worst of all, what if you could not—with a good conscience, anyway—recommend this person for any job? … Read More