November 27, 2017

The Interview Mindset – A Practical Exercise

During a recent interview preparation workshop I delivered to our DPP candidates, I “dusted off” an exercise I hadn’t used in a while. I’ve found this particular exercise to be effective in illustrating a basic premise of interviewing, and I thought it would be worthwhile to share. Here’s the exercise: 1)      Take out a sheet … Continue reading “The Interview Mindset – A Practical Exercise”

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September 18, 2017

5 Interview Mistakes JMOs Make and How to Avoid Them

After conducting a mock interview recently, I had a candidate asked me, “What are typical mistakes that every candidate makes during the interview process at the Career Conference?”  The more I thought about this question, the more I began to realize how good it really was.  Here are some common mistakes I have seen recently … Continue reading “5 Interview Mistakes JMOs Make and How to Avoid Them”

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May 23, 2017

6 Ways for a JMO to Really Stand Out in the Interview Process

I recently had dinner with a fellow Notre Dame alumnus.  He made the statement that another friend would have no problem getting a job offer because of his Notre Dame degree.  I have heard similar statements about degrees from one of the Academies, other top tier schools, or in the case of an engineering degree or … Continue reading “6 Ways for a JMO to Really Stand Out in the Interview Process”

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August 4, 2016

Tone of Voice and Non-Verbal Communication are More Important than You Think for a Successful Interview

Albert Mehrabian is a Professor Emeritus of Psychology at UCLA.  He is famous for a study on the importance of verbal and non-verbal messages.  Essentially, he found that the effectiveness of our communication or influence is 7% verbal, 38% tone of voice, and 55% body language.  Since most interview preparation focuses on “what” we say, … Continue reading “Tone of Voice and Non-Verbal Communication are More Important than You Think for a Successful Interview”

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May 10, 2016

Finding the Right Hires for Challenging Roles

Cameron-Brooks alumnus Ed Barchak has had a lot of experience hiring military officers over the last 12 years. In this video, Ed explains the value he sees in hiring Junior Military Officers and specifically what competencies he looks for during the interview. To see more insight from hiring managers, visit our YouTube Channel. Pete Van Epps

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February 23, 2016

6 Interview Tips for Mature Communication

Every Conference, a few JMO candidates lose some interviews due to immature communication. This is disappointing because it is completely avoidable. I debated whether or not to write this post, because in reality, I feel I should not even have to address this. However, during an Interview Preparation Workshop recently, two candidates used inappropriate language, … Continue reading “6 Interview Tips for Mature Communication”

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August 11, 2015

The Cameron-Brooks Personal Marketability Assessment

One of the most valuable resources Cameron-Brooks offers a military officer is a Personal Marketability Assessment.  Most officers, even if they are going to stay for a career, consider at one time or another their options outside of the military and wonder if their skill sets and interests will fit with corporate America.  Officers wonder: … Continue reading “The Cameron-Brooks Personal Marketability Assessment”

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May 19, 2015

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 … Continue reading “Answering Interview Questions Bottom Line Upfront”

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February 17, 2015

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 … Continue reading “Being PRESENT in an Interview”

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October 11, 2013

We Talk More and Listen Less Than We Think

I admit, I can get better at talking less and listening more.  One might think I would be close to perfect in this area since I spend most of my days asking JMOs questions about their goals and background to help them evaluate career options and make a transition to business.  While I can get … Continue reading “We Talk More and Listen Less Than We Think”

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