Interview MistakesWritten by James OKeefe
Masterful Resumes – Interview Traps
It's tough to avoid typical interview traps if you're unsure what they are. Here are a half dozen to watch out for.
1. Confusing an Interview with an Interrogation.
Most candidates expect to be interrogated. An interrogation occurs when one person asks all questions and other gives answers. An interview is a business conversation in which both people ask and respond to questions. Candidates who expect to be interrogated avoid asking questions, leaving interviewer in role of reluctant interrogator.
2. Making a So-Called Weakness Seem Positive.
Interviewers frequently ask candidates, " What are your weaknesses ?" Conventional interview wisdom dictates that you highlight a weakness like "I'm a perfectionist," and turn it into a positive. Interviewers are not impressed, because they've probably heard same answer a hundred times. If you are asked this question, highlight a skill that you wish to improve upon and describe what you are doing to enhance your skill in this area. Interviewers don't care what your weaknesses are. They want to see how you handle question and what your answer indicates about you.
3. Failing to Ask Questions. Every interview concludes with interviewer asking if you have any questions . The worst thing to say is that you have no questions. Having no questions prepared indicates you are not interested and not prepared. Interviewers are more impressed by questions you ask than selling points you try to make. Before each interview, make a list of five questions you will ask. “I think a good question is, ‘Can you tell me about your career?'” says Kent Kirch, director of global recruiting at Deloitte. “Everybody likes to talk about themselves, so you're probably pretty safe asking that question.”
CharlemagneWritten by Robert Bruce Baird
CHARLEMAGNE: - The Carolingians are from bastard child of Merovingians by name of Charles Hammer Martel. Pepin started them off and Charlemagne is most interesting one in this Holy Roman Empire. His purchase or reward to Alcuin for finding scroll of Jasher and his possession of Spear used to pierce side of Jesus are interesting things to explore. Hopefully I will not need to comment upon obvious bias in following account but these things that pass for history are interesting.
“THOSE who have investigated origin of romantic fables relating to Charlemagne and his peers are of opinion that deeds of Charles Martel, and perhaps of other Charleses, have been blended in popular tradition with those properly belonging to Charlemagne. It was indeed a most momentous era; and if our readers will have patience, before entering on perusal of fabulous annals which we are about to lay before them, to take a rapid survey of real history of times, they will find it hardly less romantic than tales of poets.
In century beginning from year 600, countries bordering upon native land of our Saviour, to east and south, had not yet received his religion. Arabia was seat of an idolatrous religion resembling that of ancient Persians, who worshipped sun, moon, and stars. In Mecca, in year 571, Mahomet was born, and here, at age of forty, he proclaimed himself prophet of God, in dignity as superior to Christ as Christ had been to Moses. Having obtained by slow degrees a considerable number of disciples, he resorted to arms to diffuse his religion. The energy and zeal of his followers, aided by weakness of neighboring nations, enabled him and his successors to spread sway of Arabia and religion of Mahomet over countries to east as far as Indus, northward over Persia and Asia Minor, westward over Egypt and southern shores of Mediterranean, and thence over principal portion of Spain. All this was done within one hundred years from Hegira, or flight of Mahomet from Mecca to Medina, which happened in year 622, and is era from which Mahometans reckon time, as we do from birth of Christ.” (8)