Sunday reading for March 9, 2014:

1. Human Workplace CEO Liz Ryan has a great post up on Linkedin advising prospective job candidates on how to gracefully answer really bad interview questions. As an added bonus, she also has some great interview question suggestions baked in for screeners/recruiters/managers at the end. I personally love this post because it alerted me to the general ickiness of one of my staple interview questions. Namely, I often ask candidates some variation of “With all the talented candidates, why should we hire you?” My intent here is always to get a sense of the applicant’s (self-identified) key knowledge, skills, and behaviors, but in practice I now realize the question is slightly insulting, impossible to answer (they don’t know who the other candidates are), and implies an uneven power dynamic that – real or not – isn’t something I want to convey in a job interview. This is a very insightful read, and I recommend checking it out here.

2. Using a personal early-career anecdote, Human Capital Consultant and Bersin Founder Josh Berin articulates the importance of high detail orientation to both defining your brand and adding value to your organization. This piece was a good one for me to read because – as my career has taken off and my responsibilities have grown – I’ve occasionally cut corners to get things done. E-mails and documents that were once read and re-read before sending are now occasionally shipped as soon as the last period is typed. Conversations and presentations that I once spent hours prepping for now receive minutes of attention. To Bersin’s point, however, that’s not good enough. We all have a little extra time in our days to dot our i’s and cross our t’s if we’re patient and disciplined enough to find it. Read Bersin’s full piece here to learn why you should make the extra effort to do so.

3. When most people think of professional networking Twitter is not the first thing that comes to mind, but in this Youtern article, internship and early career expert Rich Grant articulates why this might be a mistake. I can personally speak to the value of Twitter as a networking medium – I’ve met and developed relationships with some fantastic HR Practitioners on the channel. With that in mind, find out how you can build a professional network on Twitter at the link above.

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