September 11, 2015.

Kathy Rapp Career Paths, Coaching, Culture, Executive Search, in the news, Interviewing, Job Seeker Advice, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Recruiting, Work Life Balance, Working With Recruiters

Everyone remembers where they were fourteen years ago today. I remember and I reflect on a decision I made that could have altered my career. September 11, 2001.  I was working in HR at a high-tech startup with a significant presence in New York. Prior to that role I worked for Morgan Stanley and had friends still there. I was …

How To Negotiate Like A 4-Year-Old… And Win

Kathy Rapp Change, Coaching, Communication, Compensation/Cash Money, Engagement and Satisfaction, Hiring Managers, Influence, Interviewing, Job Seeker Advice, Kathy Rapp, Making Offers, Negotiation, Recruiting

My daughter has her first loose tooth. She’s four, so it’s a bit early… but her dentist indicated it’s all genetic. So rest assured it’s not because she’s noshing on hard candy all day, nor are her teeth “advanced.” This loose tooth has caused some drama. I told her how my dad wrapped dental floss around my first loose tooth …

Do I Want To Work In HR There?

Kathy Rapp Career Paths, Change, Coaching, Culture, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Interviewing, Job Seeker Advice, Kathy Rapp, Recruiting

Interesting read here about the questions you should ask before joining a start-up. Having 3+ start-ups under my belt, I can tell you I agree with most of the advice; however, the question I probably should have asked about those start-ups AND F500s was “Do I want to work in HR there?” How do you know if you’re going to …

Egg Hunting Advice That Could Change Your Career

Kathy Rapp Candidate Pool, Career Paths, Coaching, Counter-Offers, Interviewing, Job Seeker Advice, Kathy Rapp, Recruiting, Social Networking

My daughter is four, so Easter is a big deal. Still second to Christmas, but Santa doesn’t bring HUGE chocolate bunnies so… he might drop a notch this year. Because she is four she doesn’t quite understand the “art of the egg hunt.” She also doesn’t have an older sibling to emulate. After getting hosed at the neighborhood Easter party …

Calling It Like It Is

Kathy Rapp Audacious Ideas, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employment Branding and Culture, Executive Search, Good HR, Hiring Managers, Interviewing, Job Seeker Advice, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, politics, Recruiting

My conversation with my daughter this morning: Daughter:  “Mommy, you are just a little beautiful today.” Me:  “Well, I think you are completely beautiful.  Why am I just a little?” Daughter:  “I don’t like those jeans on you.  Or your shirt.” You’ve gotta love the unfiltered honesty of kids.  She also enjoys literally pointing out when I have “a big …

3 Ways To A Championship Interview

Kathy Rapp Coaching, Culture, Executive Search, Hiring Managers, HR & Sports, Interviewing, Job Seeker Advice, Kathy Rapp, Recruiting, Selection, Sports, Working With Recruiters

Interview blunders.  We all have the stories.  One of my recent favorites: Guy candidate who couldn’t hold it any longer went #2 in the urinal vs. waiting for a stall—and then left the bathroom like nothing had happened while passing the guy he was interviewing with—but hadn’t met yet. Top that one!  Given this post isn’t about bathroom mishaps, let’s …

4 Useless Things Career Advisers Tell You

Steve Boese Career Paths, Compensation/Cash Money, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Job Seeker Advice, Negotiation, Steve Boese

Over the weekend I caught this kind of interesting piece debunking much of what the investment advice industry tells its clients (that is you and me), The Four Most Useless Things Financial Advisers Tell You, on the Marketwatch site. It was a fun article, and while I don’t really know for sure if it is 100% on the money (bad …

How'd I Do? Rejection Feedback – Give It To Me

Kathy Rapp Communication, Hiring Bias, Interviewing, Job Seeker Advice, Kathy Rapp, Recruiting

Interviews can be a lot like first dates. You stress about what to wear.  Should I overdress, look professionally hip or wear something really memorable?  You prepare. What are my questions/answers to keep the conversation moving? And… you want to know how you did!  Did I bomb?  Did we share a connection?  Does he/she think I have potential??! While I’ve …