Interview Take-Home Assignments

Interview Assignments: What You Need to Know


Being asked to complete a take-home assignment during the interview process is becoming more common practice. This strategy is being employed by many companies for good reason: The hiring team can gauge how serious you are about the position while getting a first hand look at your work style. Your first inclination may be to put your best foot forward, but it can also feel like a lot to invest that much time and work into a position that isn’t yours yet. How do you go about handling this tricky situation?


3 tips on take-home interview assignments:


Are You Accepting the Right Position?

3 Questions Job Seekers Need to Ask Themselves


Have you found yourself considering accepting a new position simply because you “just needed” a job? Searching for a new role is undoubtedly nerve-wracking and tiresome, be careful not to misstep and make a bad career move. While easier said than done, it’s important to keep your head in the game and prioritize your best interests. Take the time to ask yourself these 3 questions before you make a rash career decision:


Read on for 3 questions all job seekers need to stop and ask themselves:


Work-Life Balance Boundaries

3 Crucial Ways to Set Boundaries at Work


How often do you catch yourself checking your work email while cooking dinner or getting ready for bed? All too often we physically step away from the office, but we don’t allow our brains to disconnect from our work day. It’s imperative to not only set boundaries with your career for your mental health, but also your physical well-being. How do you stop burning the midnight oil and establish a lasting work/life balance?


Read on for 3 ways to establish life-changing boundaries at work:


5 Ways to Beat the System Filtering Out Your Resume

How to Outsmart Applicant Tracking Systems


Have you ever questioned why you didn’t get a call-back for a job you know you were qualified for? It’s most likely that your resume, along with 75% of others, were deemed unfit by an applicant tracking system. If you submitted a resume that wasn’t formatted a certain way, or did not contain certain key words or phrases, it could easily be mistakenly categorized as a bad match for the company. While it’s well known that these systems are deeply flawed, they still benefit recruiters immensely and are here to stay. How do you beat the ATS algorithm and land an interview?


Read on for my 5 tips to beat applicant tracking systems:


Do You Belong? When Imposter Syndrome Strikes

4 Tips to Defeat Imposter Syndrome and Thrive!


Have you ever felt like you weren’t good enough or didn’t deserve your job? Do you fear you will eventually be “found out” and let go? This negative thought process is what is called imposter syndrome. Regardless of whether or not an employee is in an entry level position or upper management, imposter syndrome effects professionals at all levels. This affliction causes employees to convince themselves that their professional successes were not earned but simply based on timing or a lucky hand out. Dwelling on personal insecurities can be a slippery slope. In order to not become consumed by imposter syndrome, acknowledge achievements that were rightfully earned and move past it. What are the best strategies to gain back your confidence and fast track your career?


Read on to learn my 4 best tips to overcome imposter syndrome:


Always Do This After An Interview

Easily stand out from the crowd by doing this….


We all try our hardest to stand out during the interview process. In this competitive job market, people are preparing for interviews the same way they would studying for the GMAT! While doing an excellent job in an interview is getting you a step closer to landing your dream job, there is one more step that can put you a step above the competition. The Thank You letter.


While most people should know to send a follow-up thank you letter, they are not taking full advantage of the communication when sending a generic & overused format. This standard thank you letter usually follows the following format:


“Dear John,


Thank you for taking the time to interview me today. It was great hearing about your unique work culture, and I could see myself doing well in this type of environment. Please let me know if there is anything you need from me to help make your decision easier.




Jenny Smith”


While this is a fine letter, it is making one critical mistake. The mistake is in the last line of the email where they state “Let me know if there is anything you need from me to make your decision easier.” Instead of asking if they need something from you, give them a reason to make their decision easier.


A few good examples of what to say instead of this last line are:

  • “We discussed a few new project launch ideas during the interview. I have attached an example of previous project launches that I think could apply directly to this position. I would be happy to discuss these strategic plans with you further.”
  • “I just got my Q3 sales results, and I was able to hit my target sales quotas and even exceeded a few. I would be happy to share with you how I have achieved this success and believe a similar strategy could work in this new role.”
  • “In the meantime, here are three testimonials from past client’s that are in similar industries that have had a positive outcome due to my work.”


As a final note, the thank you letter should still focus on thanking the person you interviewed with for their time. But it is also a great way for you to create a memorable and lasting impression that could mean the difference between getting that promotion and landing your dream job, or being completely passed over and forgotten.

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Five Phrases to Avoid When Interviewing

Are you guilty of making one of these interview mistakes?


Have you ever interviewed for a job you wanted so badly that you were willing to say almost anything to get it? You are not alone.

We are in a highly competitive job market with only 2% of job applicants getting interviews. With such low statistics, it’s no wonder that people are saying anything to get through the first round of interviews!

Unfortunately, “Say whatever it takes to get the job” methodology is far more harmful than helpful. Interviewers want someone who is trustworthy with a unique perspective, and confidant in their acquired skills. If you are simply saying whatever you think the interviewer wants to hear, you are certainly not standing out as unique and more importantly, you could be caught in a lie that completely destroys your chance of landing the job.



We have put together some of the most popular mistakes people make during an interview.
Are you guilty of making these mistakes?


5 Tips for Starting a New Job

How to impress your new boss!



You’ve put in the hard work, interviewed with countless companies, and have finally accepted a job offer. Congratulations! While many people think that the hard work is over, navigating the first few months of a job position takes effort, strategy, and hard work. Here are my foolproof tips for getting in good with your new manager and making a great first impression with your new colleagues:


How to Update Your LinkedIn Profile

Do these 3 easy things to get noticed!

One of the main places I look to find the best candidates is LinkedIn. While I know most of you are already on LinkedIn, the amount of people actively looking for jobs without an up to date profile is shocking. In order to have the best chance of getting a job or having a recruiter contact you, it is imperative to make a few changes to your LinkedIn profile.

Here is my quick and easy guide on how to update your LinkedIn profile to get noticed by recruiters and HR Managers: