Have an interview coming up? Start here

huffimageI wrote an interview preparation guide for you, the executive who rarely has had to go through a formal interview process because in the past, the next steps of your career have usually shown up at your doorstep – of course not by chance.

Your career to date has been shaped by forces that were in your control.

You impressed a decision-maker following a huge company win.

You saved your company from a huge public relations crisis.

You created a framework that ultimately serves as the best practice for a multi-national organization.

You shaped the way your firm thinks about its online customer experience.

You leveraged your networks to forge a profitable strategic relationship.

You won industry awards that are coveted by your peers and resulted in you being poached by the competition.

You converted water into wine.

OK, I’m kidding about that last point.

However, in the end you never had to interview for a position.

You’ve always been the interviewer!

With that said, consider my interview guide as a START.


The printable PDF will give you insights on the process, the questions, and the higher expectations in today’s fiercely competitive, global, and job market.

Your goal will be to shift the notion of asymmetrical information from the interviewer (knowing more than you) to you (knowing more than the interviewer).

The only way this happens is through knowledge, practice, and refinements.

The guide is the knowledge part.



Those parts will come later.

Now, let’s get started:




Ps: when you grab my guide then you’ll also receive additional strategies, tips, examples, and insights to make you the most powerful candidate being considered for that desirable role!


[DARE #12] Get Unstuck – “Crazy stuff”

Last week was about thinking through what you want out of 2015 and creating a roadmap.


This week is about tweaking your plan in a meaningful way.


Here’s the background:

On Saturday, I ventured out to NYC to think through my business priorities.

It was easy to map out run-of-the-mill business activities and truthfully that’s where I started.

However, in an effort to push the envelope, I added a tenth priority within my own 2015 roadmap that I entitled: “Crazy stuff.”

Side note: My tenth priority in 2013 had been to get on TV and it played out because I dared myself to make it happen. That dare was my game changer.

Now, let me explain what I mean by “crazy stuff” further in terms of real goals.

On my end, I have a couple of options with how I’d like 2015 to play out. The year can be ordinary if that’s my standard or it can be extraordinary if I prefer.

Let’s think about these options in terms of YOUR 2015 aspirations.


This is what an ordinary year may look like for you.

  • You earn 100% of your bonus doing your job just like you did in 2014.
  • You have the opportunity to manage a bigger P&L.
  • You get to travel to Brazil or China on your employer’s dime.

All these accomplishments are impressive – absolutely!

However, what if you had an extraordinary 2015?

This is what that can look like.

  • You join your firm’s incubator arm and operate as it’s CEO who is in charge of the user experience of a nascent enterprise solution.
  • You buy a vineyard in California and start working on your first vintage of Pinot Noir and work through your fourth.
  • You turn a sweet, gooey, delicious truffle-like treat, a brigadeiro, into an ecommerce sensation and open up your first retail location in Soho within NYC.

Catch my drift?

DARE #12: Add some “crazy stuff” to your 2015 roadmap


FYI, those three mega accomplishments are real and No! achieving success is not an overnight process.

The CEO of that start-up earned his reputation having worked for his employer for years prior to earning that designation

The winemaker is studying winemaking at UC-Davis


The Brigadeiro team has years under their belts of perfecting their baking and marketing prowess

However, you have to start somewhere?

So why not begin in 2015?


Some of those dreamers were my clients, colleagues, or friends.


PS: This is me enjoying a a yummy brigadeiro.




Here’s to dreaming in 2015!









Obrigada (Thank you),


[DARE #11] Get Unstuck – Draft a Roadmap


Santa did it! I was having so much fun this past weekend that I forgot to send over this Sunday challenge.

Obviously, my three boys were also having fun. Can you see each one’s huge and joyous smile?

Okay, you’re a busy executive so let’s cut to the chase.


Dare #11: Draft a roadmap


If it’s good enough for multi-billion dollar firms then it’s good enough for ambitious individuals who want to make a dent in the universe.

The most profitable businesses in the world carve out planning periods.

The most accomplished business leaders evaluate their progress vs. previously anticipated goals.

As a result, the road towards an excellent 2015 must begin with a map.

So, take this week to think through your 2015 professional goals (not in January when you should already be in motion pushing towards achieving them but instead this week).

Here are five essentials considerations as you draft milestones, tactics, and your overall strategy:

  • What can you do now while everyone else is on holiday?
  • When will your contacts be available for those coffee meetings?
  • How do you intend to overcome the typical bottlenecks that are part of the natural course of a job search?
  • What milestones would you like to achieve en route towards achieving your end goal?
  • What constraints do you have and how do you intend to be successful despite them?

I encourage you to share with me your roadmaps. I’d be happy to help you tweak the stickiest bits.

Happy Sunday (ok, Monday),


[DARE #10] Get Unstuck – Have fun


About that pic above: That’s me and my family having fun! Nick is to my left. Noah is to my right. Then further right is my husband Jesus and my son Gabriel. Yes, we didn’t fit in that tiny photo booth so we had to divide and conquer.

On that note, I can’t believe we are now approaching the holidays! If you’ve been following this series of Sunday dares then now is just about the best time to try something new.

I created this series to help you get unstuck.

Some of the dares were meant to take you out of your comfort zone.


Others were ways to encourage you to take action.


This one is really easy.


Dare #10: Have fun


It’s easy for me to have fun during the holidays mostly because I have a three-year-old who is filled with playful ideas — from pretending to be Superman to carrying around our Charlie Brown Christmas Tree into e-v-e-r-y single room in our home. I also have the twins whose laughs are contagious!

So this week, I’m following my boys’ leads and I’d encourage you to do the same.

Here are some fun ideas that you can borrow and execute at work:

  • Initiate your team’s Secret Santa Grab Bag
  • Bake or buy gingerbread cookies in time for that end of the year team meeting
  • Bring your Elf on the Shelf to work
  • Overdecorate your colleague’s cubicle (if someone takes a day off or takes a sick day then that’s the perfect time to do this)
  • Write an over-the-top email to your team focused on their wins or how to winterize their homes (think silly, something to lighten up the mood)

I want to hear about how you decided to have more fun at work this week.

I really do.

Let me know what you decided to try this week.

PS: I executed on dare #8. I had a virtual coffee with a colleague and we are getting ready to co-write an article as a result. I’ll let you know where the final article lands.

PPS: As far as dare #9, you have helped raised $475 dollars so far! The deadline to accept my offer of coaching in exchange for your donations is Monday, December 1st, 2014 at midnight so there’s still time to participate in our effort to support kid entrepreneurs focused on a myriad of social causes.

Happy Sunday,



[DARE #8] Get Unstuck – Network WITH Purpose


It takes guts to google yourself for fear of what’s out there. Last Sunday, I asked you to do just that for a few reasons:

As I mentioned in last week’s challenge, prospective employers are googling you and truthfully so are prospective partners (including romantic and platonic). Continue reading

The Weakness Question — 20 Ways Interviewers Will Ask About Your Flaws

It’s the question that everyone dreads — “What’s Your Greatest Weakness?” But what if the interviewer never mentions the word, “weakness?” There are numerous methods an interviewer can and will use to discover your professional shortcomings.

Whatever form it takes, you want to be ready to recognize and answer the question in a way that eases the interviewer’s concerns and positions you as the ideal candidate for the role. Continue reading