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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Attitude & The August 2014 Career Conference

Today the Cameron-Brooks team will travel to Charlotte, NC to kick off our fourth Career Conference of 2014.  We are working on the final touches on our Conference preparation.  During our matching process where we develop our candidates’ interview schedules, our President and Owner, Chuck Alvarez, made a comment I thought was very pointed yet simple […]
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Connecting Your Military Background to the Business World

In Chapter 2 of PCS to Corporate America, Roger Cameron explains the importance of quantifying your military success in such a way that the business world can not only understand, but can also see the relevance of what you have done and how it specifically relates to the role for which you are interviewing.  He […]
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Considering the Conversational Interview

Three and a half years after making my transition from the military to Corporate-America, I was promoted from a field-based medical devices sales representative to a Sales Training Manager and my family and I relocated from Texas to New Jersey. In my new role, I taught new sales representatives the features and benefits of my company’s products, how, when […]
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What Are You Passionate About?

I read an interesting article in a recent issue of Fortune Magazine about Hobie Alder who was coined, at least in the article, as the “Founding Father of the Surf Industry.” The article chronicled how Adler, starting in the 1950’s, began building surfboards in his parents’ garage and eventually, through significant sacrifice and hard work, […]
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January 2014 Career Conference Results

We just completed our first Career Conference of 2014 and are already busy preparing for the follow-up interview process.  54 candidates and 15 spouses and support team members attended the Conference, and all candidates have companies pursuing them into the follow-up process.  The candidates interviewed with an average of 12.7 companies and averaged 9 companies pursuing them for a 68% pursuit […]
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How Selling and Improv Improve Interviewing

Interviewing is like selling.  Instead of persuading a customer to use your product or service, you are convincing a recruiter your skills, interests and interpersonal fit are right for the open position.  So, even if you will not interview for sales positions, I argue that you are selling when you are interviewing.  This is why […]
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The August 2013 Career Conference

This weekend the Cameron-Brooks team and our August candidates will arrive in Charlotte, NC to kick off our fourth Career Conference of 2013.  We continue to see strong demand from our client companies looking for standout, well prepared JMOs.  Once again, the August Career Conference is looking to be another strong one and for those attending the November Career Conference in a few months, all […]
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Results of the August Conference Question Challenge

Thank you to everyone who took the question challenge, and thank you to Pete Van Epps and Rob Davis for helping me moderate while out on vacation. As a group, the questions were impressive.  We sincerely believe this is a result of diligent preparation for the upcoming Conference.  The payoff will be results in the […]
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Connecting in a Sales Interview

As the Cameron-Brooks Team wrapped up our April 2013 Career Conference, I was encouraged by all of the great sales leading to management opportunities that many candidates saw at the Conference.   Some companies that are hiring include Boston Scientific, BIOTRONIK, Cessna and multiple medical device divisions of Johnson & Johnson.  As someone who started my […]
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Leaders Communicate with Enthusiasm

In order to increase the frequency of our blog posts, we will be re-posting some older relevant and popular blog posts from the past 3 years. I modified this post from early 2010.  Still very relevant today; just ask the November 2012 Conference candidates how important it is to communicate with enthusiasm during an interview. Several […]
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The August 2012 Career Conference

The Cameron-Brooks team and the August 2012 Career Conference JMO candidates will arrive in Charlotte, NC over the next 24 hours to kick off our fourth Conference of the year. As we make final preparations for the Career Conference, I wanted to share some thoughts heading into it.
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