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The Most Important Interview Question of All Time - Part 1

The Most Important Interview Question of All Time - Part 1
(NOTE - this is not the ONLY question, just the most important. Make sure you check out THE ANSWER (Part 2) post. Part 3 is for job-seekers on how to prepare for the interview.) Over the past 30+ years as a recruiter, I can confirm that at least two-thirds of my hiring manager clients weren’t very good at interviewing. Yet, over 90% thought they were. To overcome this situation, it was critical that I became a better interviewer than them, to prove with evidence that the candidate was competent and motivated to do the work required. It took about 10 years of trial and error. Here’s it is: What single project or task would you consider the most significant accomplishment in your career so far? To see why this simple question is so powerful, imagine you’re the candidate and I’ve just asked you this question. Can you give me a detailed overview of the accomplishment?

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How understanding neuroscience can increase the ROI on your training investment Mark Twain said ‘training is everything’ but maybe what he meant is applying training is everything! Training and development is still a major focus for companies despite the recession. Learning and Development practitioners say they are being more commercial and business focused yet we are still told that programmes are not producing the behavioural change expected, in effect the money is wasted. Five trailblazing women who reinvented their brand Campbell Soup Company CEO Denise Morrison revamped brand to suit younger generationShe has also diversified the company's healthy products by acquiring Bolthouse FarmsCNN charts the evolution of five female-led food and drink brands Leading Women connects you to extraordinary women of our time. Each month, we meet two women at the top of their field, exploring their careers, lives and ideas. (CNN) -- How do you reinvigorate a heritage brand? It's a question that has long marred CEOs, business strategists and some of the world's most astute marketeers. This month CNN's "Leading Women" sits down with Denise Morrison, the CEO and President of Campbell Soup Company to discuss how she took the firm forward by reinventing the iconic brand.

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This truely is the most important interview question of all time. by zhall125 Mar 7

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