Interview Advice from Warby Parker Co-Founder

May 17, 2016

Firsthand Staff

Americans care about more than money. This week’s Roundup includes tips on nailing your next job interview, career advice, and the power of a smaller network. Also, find out how you can major in Moneyball and why you should consider a 6-hour work week.

How to Nail a Job Interview
Form and substance – the two key elements to an interview according to Warby Parker Co-Founder and Co-CEO. Form: your manners, demeanor, and social skills. Substance: your intellect, empathy, and creativity. To master both: be personable, do your research, be able to articulate your personal narrative, use case studies from your own work, and ask good questions.

When People Ask for Career Advice, This Is What I Tell Them
1. Happiness is an attitude, not a set of circumstances. Any work can be enjoyable by focusing on the positive. 2. You can learn to do anything. 3. Everyone needs to feel appreciated, but they also need (constructive) criticism. 4. Schedule time to think and reflect. 5. Mistakes aren’t failures, they’re opportunities for growth.

Don’t Underestimate the Power of Lateral Career Moves for Professional Growth
Americans don’t want a bigger paycheck. They want fulfillment. In a study, 89% of people would consider a lateral career move with no financial incentive. 66% of employees first consider a move at their current employer. Employers should therefore: provide growth opportunities, promote work-life balance, and offer relocation options.

Harnessing Happiness to Build Your Career — Advice from an Uber Product Leader
Your network is your net worth. Make sure you invest in your connections. “You’ll be fine if it doesn’t work out.” This affirmation will push you to take more risks and trust yourself more. Don’t focus on a title – you may miss out on great opportunities. Things in your career path will go wrong. You can only control how you respond.

The More People We Connect with on LinkedIn, the Less Valuable It Becomes
Bigger is not always better. With a bigger network, you lose the benefits of intimacy and trust, both of which are stronger with fewer connections. Reach and influence are important, but forming stronger professional relationships are ultimately what’s going to transform your career.

The Six-Hour Workday Works in Europe. What About America?
More productivity in less hours? It’s possible. A European study shows employees get sick less, have lower stress, and work harder when adopting a 6-hour workday. Applying the idea in the U.S. won’t be easy given the workaholic culture. But the reality is results start to slide around the 10-hour-per-day mark, leading to more mistakes and less productivity.

College Students Can Now Major In Moneyball
Would you major in sports geekdom? Sports analytics is now a degree at Syracuse University. Sound too specialized? Think again. Analytics have become an increasingly important part of high-level sports. The need for math wizards has spread beyond player evaluation departments to marketing, operations, and overlapping industries like consulting and finance.

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