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Career Management

ASK THE RECRUITER: What are your weaknesses?

17 December, 2014 Posted by John G. Self
In most interviews, at some point you will be asked about your strengths and weaknesses.  I am comfortable with the first, but not the latter.  I do not want to diminish myself against other candidates by being honest.  What to do? There are two schools of thought: My colleague, outplacement guru Nancy Swain, advises her […] Read more»

INTERVIEWS: Don’t Wing It

15 December, 2014 Posted by John G. Self
This may surprise some in healthcare, but dozens upon dozens of health system and hospital CEOs and other senior executives have admitted to me in my more than 20+ years in executive search that they are not that good at conducting interviews. I have heard a version of this story many times: the candidate comes […] Read more»

There Are No Free Rides

12 December, 2014 Posted by John G. Self
We are not entitled to have a job.  There is no legal or constitutional guarantee of employment. We are paid to do a job.  Typically we work as part of a team — either in senior leadership, management or as an hourly employee. The big challenge for leaders is to get the highest of the […] Read more»