What We’ve Been Reading: February 24th, 2016

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Happy Wednesday! It’s been another busy week at work. What better way to take a breather from it all than to glance through this week’s reading? This week we have a heavy emphasis on the hiring process from both perspectives, a little dash of STEM encouragement, followed by some self-help in the productivity department, and to finish things up we brought you an article that you may (or may not) want to leave on your boss’s desk.

Whether you are currently seeking a position or seeking to fill a position there’s a lot of do’s and do not’s when it comes to interview protocol. This article highlights five common mistakes people make during an interview and how to self-correct and steer the interview forward.

5 Mistakes People Commonly Make in Answering Questions in Job Interviews (Social-Hire)

Furthermore, the interview is just as much about vetting the candidate as it is about vetting the firm. What I mean by this is that an interview provides a canvas in which the jobseeker should assess the firm to make sure it is the right fit for them. Not many people think to turn the interview around by asking questions about their soon-to-be supervisor. However, by asking those types of questions you may save yourself time in the long run.

Avoid Taking a Job You Hate by Doing This in Your Interview (Inc.)

So let’s say you made it past the interview and have accepted the company’s offer. This is a great start and you are more excited than ever to walk into a new office for the first time. Over the next few weeks your excitement calms down, your motivation to work hard slowly slips away, and your eagerness to meet everyone in the office dwindles after meeting a handful of people. You may just be overwhelmed with everything that is new, but your coworkers and your employers may perceive you as disengaged and ungrateful for the opportunity. While this may be the case sometimes, new studies are showing that the onboarding process a company follows may be the reason your new hires are “falling out of love” with you.

4 Reasons Why New Hires ‘Just Aren’t That Into You’ (Entrepreneur)

There’s no question about the increasing demand for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) individuals. Obama is approaching this issue in one way which targets k-12 schools, meanwhile entrepreneurs and tech companies are reaching out in their own way. But what about the millennial generation? How can we influence them to change paths? Here are five impactful ways to get girls onboard the STEM train.

5 Ways to Get Girls to Fall in Love With STEM (Inc.)

What if someone told you that time management was not the solution to productivity? How would you react knowing that organizing our time better did NOT lead to feeling less overwhelmed or being more effective? When I read this article at first, I was shocked. Everything I’ve been taught in school revolved around time management and productivity. In this article Jessica Stillman takes a different perspective on productivity and asks you to try out 3 simple ways to reevaluate your time management.

3 Ways to Escape the Productivity Trap (Inc.)

When your employee’s feel appreciated this “feel-good” mentality affects our hypothalamus which in turn affects our dopamine levels. Increasing dopamine helps us with our sleep patterns, regulate our stress, and increases overall wellness. So now I’m sure you are wondering why I’m giving you a bio lesson, and the reason is because leaders can increase their employee’s wellness just by showing a little more gratitude. When we show gratitude, we make the other individual feel appreciated, which activates the hypothalamus. Not sure how to show more gratitude in the office? Read on to discover six ways to change your behavior that will change how you and your coworkers interact.

6 Ways Gratitude Helps Entrepreneurs Grow Their Companies (Entrepreneur)

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