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What’s in Your Toolbox? Three Traits of Successful Interview Questions

“Do you have any questions for us?” By the time your interviewer asks that question, there’s a good chance you’re mentally tired from the interview. Yet, that question is your opportunity to shine. Preparation for any interview should include 4–6 questions to close with. There are no magic, one-size-fits-all questions that will cinch the job, but there are best practices to follow. Quality questions will leave an impression of a quality candidate. Make sure your questions stand out with this rubric: 1. Show you did your homework. An interview is your opportunity to learn more about a specific position that’s part of a distinct team in a unique organization. Your interview questions should i

We’re Headed to Philadelphia and We Want to See You

From March 9–12 Cheryl Hyatt, Marylouise Fennell, and Maria de la Camara will be in Philadelphia at the American Council on Education (ACE) meeting and will be attending the Executive Search Roundtable (ESR). We deeply value the chance to see old friends and make new ones. We’d love to find time over the weekend to hear what you’ve been up to and what the future holds. Are you going to be there? Let us know so we can plan a time to connect, catch up, and discuss your priorities for 2019. Connect with us before the conference: Ms. Cheryl Hyatt chyatt@hyatt-fennell.com Dr. Marylouise Fennell, RSM mfennell@hyatt-fennell.com Dr. Maria de la Camara mdelacamara@hyatt-fennell.com

Your Secret Weapon in Interview Prep

I still remember my first interview: I was ill-prepared and ill at ease. I did not get the job. I have become more comfortable and competent with interviewing over the years and believe that there are two keys to interviewing: preparation and practice. Most interviewers remember the first, but neglect the second—to their detriment. While interview preparation can be done on your own, interview practice is a team sport. If you are preparing for an important interview (and what interview isn’t important?), enlist a couple friends to run a mock interview and then discuss your performance. Select trusted colleagues that you feel comfortable with and, ideally, who have knowledge of the field in w

Three Presidents That Shaped Higher Education

Many presidents had lasting impacts on education—from Abraham Lincoln granting land to universities to Richard Nixon implementing Title IX. As we approach Presidents’ Day Here are three presidents that helped shape the American higher education system: Woodrow Wilson. Before rising to the presidency of the United States, Woodrow Wilson was president of Princeton University. It’s little wonder, with his understanding and value of the academy, that Wilson would champion education. Wilson oversaw a comprehensive economic policy in the United States, including federal funding (when in the past there had only been state or local funding) for education. Franklin D. Roosevelt. Through the WPA, Roos

“You Lost Your Job? I Can Help”

Looking for a job can be one of the most isolating and disheartening processes a professional goes through. If you have a close colleague who is going through a job transition, be their ally. Doing so will not only aid a valued associate, but may benefit you in ways you can’t anticipate. We have three ways to support an associate who has lost their job. Write a reference. Offer to write a reference before they seek you out. There are many tasks to a job search and they will be grateful for this tangible support. Extend your network. Scan your virtual rolodex for contacts that can offer relevant support and do some outreach. You can do both your colleague and another institution a favor by co

Are You Prepared for a Reverse Interview?

In a traditional interview, the individual hiring asks the questions and the person seeking a job answers them. A reverse interview flips these roles on their head. The applicant is invited to ask questions of the employer. This can be a unique opportunity to show your interviewers a different side to yourself in a more organic interaction than their predetermined list of questions. Joseph Barber, Associate Director of Career Services at the University of Pennsylvania, offers tips on how to make sure you ace the reverse interview, including how to show examples that bring your qualifications to life. Read his article here.

Search Spotlight: Vice President for Business and Finance

Elmhurst College, a private college in suburban Chicago with a strong liberal arts tradition and a commitment to professional preparation, is accepting applications for the position of Vice President for Business and Finance. The deadline to apply is February 18th, 2019. For more information, and to apply, visit our website. We are currently assisting with a number for other searches, including: Vice President for Student Affairs / Dean of Students (Deadline: February 25, 2019)Assumption College, Worcester, MA Vice President for Mission Integration(Deadline: February 28, 2019) St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, NY If you’re considering a position change and would like to talk, we

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