Answering Interview Questions Bottom Line Upfront

Several years ago, when I was in Minot, ND meeting with some AF JMOs, Susan, my wife, called me on my cell phone.  She started:  “Maeve (our daughter) fell off the monkey bars.  She took a hard landing and her arm twisted in a funny way.  She is at the hospital and has seen the […]
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The Right Attitude is Everything

I recently read an article entitled “Why I Regretted Hiring the Perfect Employee” by Marc Lore.  Now, I don’t know Marc nor do I typically follow his blog posts but I happened across this article and he highlighted several points that I found both interesting and enlightening.  His article discussed how he hired an employee, […]
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The Importance of Enthusiasm

The ability to build rapport is one of the most important elements to connecting in a business interview. In the 4th Edition of PCS to Corporate America, by Roger Cameron with Chuck Alvarez and Joel Junker, multiple examples of how to build rapport and the pitfalls in failing to so are discussed. Specifically, the book […]
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Our Comprehensive Program is Your Advantage

While traveling to Germany recently, I had an interesting conversation with a Junior Military Officer after I finishing an Information Meeting. She approached me and asked, “Why is the Cameron-Brooks process so much more extensive relative to other recruiting firms.”  I appreciated the question and thought others may have the same question.  The answer to […]
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Are You a Good Listener?

Who doesn’t want to be a better speaker?  To be able to effectively communicate and articulate your points to captivate an audience or motivate your troops is a wonderful skill to have.   There are hundreds if not thousands of articles on the topic, organizations like Toastmasters, etc.  As important as this skill might be, perhaps […]
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Have You Checked Your Digital Profile Lately?

Last week a junior military officer (JMO) transitioning to business conducted a Personal Marketability Assessment with my colleague Rob Davis.  When this officer called in for his appointment, our caller ID showed (I am giving you the PG rated version of his Caller ID), “Inebriated Buttocks.”  You can figure out what it really said.  Not […]
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Being PRESENT in an Interview

I am reading The Charisma Myth by Olivia Cabane. In the book, the author says that one of the best ways to develop and demonstrate charisma is to be present in any conversation.  Essentially, she says that people want to feel that they have our full attention when they speak with us. When they feel […]
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January 2015 Career Conference Results

We have just concluded our first Career Conference for 2015 and congratulate all of the January candidates on their hard work and efforts resulting in another successful Conference!    57 candidates and 18 spouses/support team members attended as we conducted 705 interviews with an average of 12.4 interviews per candidate.  As a group, the pursuit […]
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The Diversity of Thought

I recently met with a Senior Director of a Fortune 500 medical device company to explore how to better integrate transitioning military officers into his company. We discussed some common characteristics that military officers possess that the business world values.  We also examined how previous military officers (who now work at his company) integrated quickly […]
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JMO Feedback :: November 2014 Career Conference

After every Career Conference, we ask the JMOs who participated to give us specific feedback on their overall experience in the Cameron-Brooks program.  We do this to ensure that we are constantly evaluating our program, which enables us to provide a valuable service, both to the Military Officers and the Client Companies with whom we […]
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Interview Feedback from a Recent Career Conference

At each of our Career Conferences, after a company interviews Military Officers, they sit with someone on the leadership team at Cameron-Brooks to give feedback on how each officer did in the interview. At our recent November 2014 Career Conference, I sat in the feedback out brief with hiring managers from one of the largest […]
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Can a JMO Prepare Too Much for Interviewing?

Interviewing has evolved since Roger Cameron first taught JMOs how to succeed in a competency-based/behavioral interview where recruiters conduct a formal interview asking a prepared list of interview questions.  Today, most interviews are conducted in a conversational style where recruiters engage in a two-way dialogue with the candidate.  Recruiters tell me they do this because […]
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Why Read?

At the end of every Cameron-Brooks Career Conference, we seek feedback from those military officers (soon-to-be business leaders) with whom we partner regarding their experience with Cameron-Brooks.  One thing we ask, in particular, is for officers to define the aspects of the Cameron-Brooks Development and Preparation Program (DPP) that they found particularly valuable or helpful. […]
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Why You Lead Determines How Well You Lead

I recently came across an article from Harvard Business Review I thought I would share on this blog.  The article discusses a study examining the various reasons why individuals want to be leaders and how those reasons translate into how effective a leader they will be.   There are many reasons as to why someone […]
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