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9 Weird Interview Questions Companies Use to Reveal Your True Self

There is plenty of creative thinking happening on these companies.<p>Where do you see yourself in five years? What is your biggest weakness? Why should we hire you?<p>If you've interviewed for enough jobs, you've probably answered those questions so many times you could do it in your sleep. They're …

Recruitment

Make Google Search Great Again With These 5 Sites and Apps

Google is the default search engine for most of the world. It just works, doesn’t it? But that doesn’t mean it couldn’t be better. The right site or …

Google

Ditch the To-Do List. This is the Only Prioritization System You Need

The life hack that will keep you on track and super productive.<p>Prioritization made simple: write a list of all the things you have to do and cross them off as you go. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy, right?<p>Not quite. To-do lists might help you get things done today, but they're also a double-edged sword. …

List-Worthy

Stop Beginning Your Speeches with 'Good Morning and Thank You' and Start With This Instead

It doesn't matter how compelling your presentation is if you haven't grabbed your audience's attention in the first few seconds.<p>Every presentation is an opportunity to make an impression. You can either use your pitch to build credibility, engagement and buy-in, or blow the chance to share your …

Incorporated

The Most Effective Teams Answer Yes to These 5 Questions

A massive internal research project at Google has uncovered the secrets of high-performing teams.<p>Google doesn't leave anything to chance. That's why the search giant recently spent two years studying 180 teams in depth to discover what sets groups that achieve great things apart from those that …

Management

Emotional intelligence: why it matters and how to teach it

Teaching young people skills such as active listening, self-awareness and empathy can equip them to succeed both academically and socially<p>In our work with schools, it’s now commonplace for us to hear those in education talking about helping students (and staff) develop their emotional intelligence. …

Teaching

20 Years Ago, Jeff Bezos Said This 1 Thing Separates People Who Achieve Lasting Success From Those Who Don't

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has stuck to this simple yet powerful approach, and it's one all of us can take.<p>Jeff Bezos founded Amazon in 1994. Twenty-three years later, he's one of the richest people in the world. But while Amazon is undeniably a tech company, the business was built on this …

Success

The 1 Public Speaking Skill You Can Learn From Microsoft's Best Presenter

PowerPoint shouldn't drive a presentation; PowerPoint should complement a story.<p>Microsoft vice president Panos Panay oversees the company's hardware products, from Surface to Xbox. After his keynotes and product demonstrations, audience members often post positive feedback on Twitter about the …

Microsoft

'How Should I Answer: What Is Your Greatest Weakness?' There's Really Only 1 Way

When it comes to this age-old interview question, don't hate the player or the game. Instead, do this.<p>It's the question millions of job applicants hear on a daily basis:<p>What is your greatest weakness?<p>If you're like most people, you hate this question. Maybe you feel it's completely lame, and so is …

Emotional Intelligence

Are You Really a Leader? This Simple Test Lets You Know

How to know if you really are the leader you think you are.<p>We have all worked for really bad bosses at least once in our life. My worst boss ever was both clueless, and mean. Not only did she think she was some sort of incredible leader, but in reality, no one trusted her nor liked working for her. …

Want to Boost Employee Engagement? Forget Surveys. Do This 1 Simple Thing Instead

Employee engagement surveys might be the most popular way to measure engagement but might also be the least effective. Here is one surprisingly simple and highly effective thing to do instead.<p>We all know how important it is to have employees who are highly engaged in what they are doing for the …

Amazon's CEO Demands This 1 Thing In a Job Interview (and Most Do It Wrong)

Jeff Bezos wants to make sure of this before he hires you. Unfortunately, it's likely you won't give it to him.<p>In the early stages of the building of Amazon, Jeff Bezos used to interview every job candidate himself.<p>Bezos believed each employee played a key role, so the quality of new hires was as …

Employment

Apple's $1,000 iPhone Taught Us A Very Important Business Lesson

The surprising reason why it might just work for them.<p>Everyone is going crazy over Apple's new iPhone --- for better or for worse. Now, whether you like Apple or not, we can all agree that the price of the newly released iPhone is quite the shocker. That might turn off some customers, but I will …

Customer Service

Why You Can Focus in a Coffee Shop but Not in Your Open Office

A few years ago, during a media interview for one of my books, my interviewer said something I still ponder often. Ranting about the level of distraction in his open office, he said, “That’s why I have a membership at the coworking space across the street — so I can focus.”<p>While I fully support the …

The Workplace

One of the most successful Kickstarter projects of all time is now on Amazon

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>When you think about successful Kickstarters, card games or movie reboots probably come to mind, not showering systems.<p>But Nebia smashed …

Here's how easy it is for anyone — including Russian operatives — to target you with ads on Facebook

• <b>Three media agencies modeled the cost of using Facebook to reach voters in Wisconsin and Michigan with the intention of swaying their vote.</b>• <b><br>The estimates range from as little as $50,000 for issue-focused ads to over $283,000 depending on a number of factors including intensity.</b>• <b><br>The agencies used</b> …

Sheryl Sandberg Mastered 3 Presentation Skills in 3 Minutes. And You Can, Too

Being a memorable, persuasive speaker requires building connection, being current and boosting credibility.<p>When it comes to making a persuasive presentation, there are several elements that are core to making it a success. As Aristotle said eons ago, persuasion requires appealing to ethos (trust), …

The Nobel physics prize goes to the spotters of gravitational waves

WAITING for a Nobel prize can be time consuming. Since 1985, more than half of the prizes in physics have been awarded for work done more than two …

10 Ways Universities Can Improve Entrepreneurship Education

Nowadays, global business changes at such a stunning pace, entry-level professionals barely have time to acclimate themselves to a new company, a new competitive environment, or new operational requirements. The challenges faced by young workers include lack of experience, a complex corporate …

Education

Pessimism and optimism on Germany after its election

Germany from different anglesPessimism and optimism on Germany after its election<p>WONDERING what to make of the German election? Really, it is simple. …

Alexa, Bring Me a Shake Shack Burger. New Amazon Partnership Means This Could Work Soon

Partnership with delivery service Olo sends GrubHub shares plunging.<p>"Alexa, bring me a burger and fries from Shake Shack."<p>"OK, ordering."<p>It could happen sooner than you may think.<p>If you live in one of 20 American cities, including Seattle, New York, Atlanta, Tampa, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco, …

8 Invaluable Business Lessons Learned From 8 Years Of Running My Own Business

If you've ever want to run your own business but have been too worried to take the leap, I was too. Here are eight of the most important things I've learned in my eight years running my own thing.<p>I started my business eight years ago. I told my wife that we'd make this a year by year thing fully …

Poor Body Language During a Presentation? This App Will Give You a Helping Hand

Vocalytics analyzes your body language during a presentation and makes helpful suggestions.<p>I stood stiffly on stage at a writing conference quite a few years ago. With over 800 people in attendance, and my own understanding of how to speak to a large group a little sketchy, I clicked through a few …

German politics is about to tip rightwards

The next BundestagGerman politics is about to tip rightwards<p>A CERTAIN sort of Anglo-Saxon commentator is permanently convinced that Germany is about …

Will AI Result in Mass Unemployment or a New Middle Class? | Luis Perez

Middle-class

How I turned a deadly plant into a thriving business | Achenyo Idachaba

The water hyacinth may look like a harmless, even beautiful flowering plant -- but it's actually an invasive aquatic weed that clogs waterways, …

Sustainability

Cars of the future: tech and apps will make you ride not drive

Uber

The three pillars of Merkelism

How to understand Angela MerkelThe three pillars of Merkelism<p>ANGELA MERKEL is the longest-serving head of government in the EU. When she became …

BBC World Service - The Why Factor, What Do You Do?

When we meet someone and ask them what do you do – what are we really hoping to find out about that person? David Baker explores why we ask ‘what do you do?’ and finds out what happens when you decide you won’t start a relationship with a question about work. Why do we believe that our jobs are the …

Security