Technical Difficulty? Or Interview Tactic?

April 5, 2016


What would you do if you found a penguin in your freezer? This week’s Roundup is a how-to guide on answering bizarre interview questions, surviving rejection, and thinking like an “Original.” Also, learn the importance of your body language and what entrepreneurs need to sacrifice to make it big.

Here are the Top Tech Companies’ Secrets to Hiring the Best People
Unpredictable interview schedules test how well you work without instructions. Beware, the interviewer might make incorrect assumptions to test if you’re easily annoyed. Feeling like the questions are repetitive? It means the interviewer is testing your consistency. If it feels like you’re playing musical chairs, know that when an interviewer switches rooms on you, they’re testing your adaptability.

Top 10 Oddball Interview Questions for 2016
Would you rather fight 1 horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses? What if you had $2,000, how would you double it in 24 hours? If you were a brand, what would be your motto? Glassdoor reveals some of the more outlandish interview questions (along with good answers), asked by top companies like Whole Foods, SpaceX, and Dropbox.

Having a Lot of Facebook Friends Can Help You Land a New Job
Now you can tag, like, and share your way to your next job. A new study proves that having more Facebook friends can give you an edge in the job market. However, don’t get caught up in the numbers game –close connections still have the most value. For maximum impact, keep your profile professional and remove any outdated information.

For Anyone Who Has Been Turned Down by 38 Companies, 120 Interviews
Rejection can be a great teacher. One software engineer braved a whopping 120 interviews before he landed a job. Now he has some advice for tech industry hopefuls: treat your coding skills like a muscle by training regularly; don’t let failure stop you, and improve after every opportunity until you snag the job you want.

Meeting Students Where They Are
Bill Gates is worried that not enough students are graduating. He’s celebrating universities that are focusing their efforts on supporting students from low-income communities who are at most risk of dropping out. With personalized guidance programs, these schools are helping the most vulnerable students beat the odds. The goal is to democratize access to education and careers.

Work, Sleep, Family, Fitness, or Friends: Pick 3
The Entrepreneur’s Dilemma: Maintaining friendships; building a great company; spending time with family; staying fit, and getting sleep. Randi Zuckerberg claims you can’t have it all if you’re living the entrepreneurial lifestyle –you’ll be lucky to manage three. Is Zuckerberg’s formula too gloomy, or refreshingly honest?

The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers
“Originals” are the people who create new ideas and take action to champion them. The three qualities that make them so successful are surprising. 1) Originals are procrastinators. They’re quick to start but slow to finish, giving them more time to think and be creative. 2) Originals are full of doubts and fears, but they motivate themselves by doubting their fears. 3) Originals have bad ideas. Even Mozart had to generate hundreds of compositions to create only a handful of masterpieces.

Great Tricks for Reading People’s Body Language
Your body language is doing most of the talking, 55% in fact. Only 7% of your communication is the words you say, and 38% is tone. Pick up these body queues to get a leg up in your career: real smiles crinkle the eyes; crossed arms and legs signal resistance to your ideas; mirroring body language is a good thing, and posture tells the story.

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