Don’t take your relationships or connections for granted.

Maintain the relationship.

Demonstrate a return on their investment — their time — by keeping them updated on your progress, offering to help and showing them that you appreciate the time and guidance they are giving to you.

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Be a problem solver, not a problem adder.

One person approaches a situation with the mindset of, “How can I make this work?”

Another type seems to approach each circumstance with the mindset of, “What are all the reasons this wouldn’t work?”

Both people will be forced to deal with reality. Still, the first person will only have to solve problems that occur, while the second person will often avoid taking action entirely because of the potential problems they have dreamt up before starting.

There will always be reasons not to do something.

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Say goodbye to being a people pleaser and learn how to confidently say no to someone without feeling bad about it.

Here’s how you can effectively say no:

1. Say it.
Get it out there into the universe. Less is better.

2. Be assertive and courteous.
Change the power dynamic. Remember, it’s your life — you are in charge.

3. Understand peoples’ tactics.
Don’t give in to social pressure. There are no forced options.

4. Set boundaries.
You’re important. Your time is important. Your attention is yours.

5. Be selfish.
Put your needs first. Not those of the person asking you for something.

Remember, Warren Buffett said, “The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say no to almost everything.”

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Why are Behavioral Interviews so popular?

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Behavioral questions focus on your past behavior and performance. Companies like to ask these because they reveal quite a bit about you and help predict job performance (at least in theory.)

In many cases, behavioral interview questions begin with interviewers asking to “tell us about a time…” or “give me an example of….” Interviewers are looking to deduce your skillset, how you may perform as an employee, your personal and professional interests, and how well you “fit in” with their workplace culture.

More importantly, they also clue your interviewer into how you think.

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Brian Fink

Executive Recruiter. ✈ #ATL ↔ #SF ✈ Building companies is my favorite. Opinions are my own. Responsibility is freedom. 🖖