You Know What That Is? Growth!

You Know What That Is? Growth!

By: Devaun Jay

            Fall is a time for reflection and change. From the colors of leaves shifting to drop in temperature, now is the time to look back on what has transpired through the course of the year and how you can improve yourself moving forward. But while we all are gearing up for the holidays and new year, there are some people such as writers, actors, producers, and directors preparing for the following season of their critically acclaimed series. My three favorite shows Insecure, Atlanta, and Power unfortunately go missing until the spring and summer. But while the NBA and NFL keep me entertained, I do find myself wondering what could be in store for their next installments. Will Issa find a career doing what she loves? Will Al get that big break he has been waiting for? And how much trouble will Tariq this time? While these are all valid questions, the key thing each of them is thinking, is what they can implement to keep us on the edge of our couches next go-around. In this article we will cover one primary action each show needs to do, to stay relevant for fans and get extended for another season. Spoilers are included in this so if you are binge watching now, it’s best you read this after getting caught up. Here we go!

Issa Rae has a done a phenomenal job showing maturation in her character on screen. While Molly still holds stern reservations about who she dates, and Tiffany starts to see the changes having a baby will make in her marriage and friendship with Kelly, Issa is rolling with the punches gradually. While moving out of Daniel’s home was a big step, the biggest set of changes will come from leaving her position at We Got Yall. A place where she felt over-worked and undervalued. Furthermore, the criticism from Daniel about how she isn’t passionate about what she does for a living will be the push needed, to seek her calling. With that being said, the key to season four of Insecure being a success is to keep Lawrence and Nathan at bay! Yes ladies, I know a lot of you all wanted to see her either get back with Lawrence or give Nate a shot though he ghosted her causing Issa to get into detective mode. But I do believe Issa needs more time to be alone before she chooses another partner. Lawrence will clearly have some influence since Condola who set up The Last Dragon screening will be dating him, and we all know Nathan will be doing everything he can to get back in Issa’s good graces. So hopefully by the time this all unfolds it will be episode 5 or so. But between her looking to set up a community event and taking what looks to be entrepreneurship classes, it will in my opinion be more compelling content seeing her evolve into a public figure.

            Atlanta “Robbin Season” brought about changes for every character no fan could have seen coming. While the first installment was a little more comical, season two brought a darker theme to the show ensuring everyone felt the impact of their attitudes and decisions. With Al and Earnest’s relationship at the forefront, we start to get a better take on their family dynamic and just how close both cousins were before they chased the dream of being in the music industry. Van and Darius both have their personal episodes in this season but for the most part maintain the ideals they always had. Darius proved that even face of death brought on by Teddy Perkins, his mantra was still foolproof. Love can bring about great things, and that positive energy protects him even in the face of adversity. And while Vanessa still cares for Earnest and knows he is a great father, she is aware their situation isn’t the best couple wise and will continue to live her best life. Even if it means potentially taking a picture with card board cut out Drake! But seriously, she did consider it, maybe just a little. So how will Atlanta continue to thrive? Simply put, Paper Boy needs to blow up per Earnest’s assistance! No more booking free shows or staying in some crazy chick’s apartment. After you frame someone by placing your gun in another man’s bag at the airport of all places, you better be serious about perfecting your craft! And I think we all would love to see Al perform live or record with some popular producers. Donald Glover has a done a great job keeping us all in suspense about where their journey will lead them and how they will have each other’s back when everything is on the line. Now is the time to pull the trigger and make some big things happen!

Finally, the world of Power has taken unpredictable dramatic turns in the last two seasons. From the death of Raina to that period where Tasha and Angela worked together, the show has truly lived up to its name where everyone is jockeying for position to stay alive and out of trouble. Kanan is dead, which via his Instagram account has given Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson ample time in the director’s chair. And if he was that much of a savage on the show, imagine what he could be cooking up behind the scenes. Now let’s get the obvious thought out of the way. I do not believe that Angela is gone! Whether she is or not, the fact that Tommy was the culprit and Ghost knows, means that a full out war is going to happen. I mean everyone joked about how he screamed louder for Angela being shot than when he found out about Raina, right? But in all seriousness, I did like the raw emotion Omari Hardwick showed this season as Ghost, wrestling with the loss of his daughter. But I never would’ve expected for him, Tommy and Tasha to have a fallout this bad. Not to mention Tariq still wants to learn how to hustle. Despite their shaky last episode, Power is set up for an explosive comeback. The key to them having another successful season is keeping that same energy! Meaning, no more negotiating or working for the good of the drug connect or for personal reasons. Ghost should be infuriated at this point and my hope is he will reach for outside help to beat his enemies. At this point, it would be crazy for him to think he can trust Tommy, Tasha, Rashad Tate, or anyone in his inner circle. Plus, I hope they find a way to still use the club as a front for illegal activities considering that was the foundation of mysteriousness for the show and Ghost’s way out of the criminal life. The going along routine and turning on said person has gotten old. Now is the time for expressing the real and not turning back. James St. Patrick should want vengeance!

I have faith that my favorites will not disappoint and provide us with some new laughs and drama along the way. All three series have kept fans intrigued from their witty dialogue to compelling turns in storyline ushering in a new wave of black television. New stars are being developed which will propel them into more projects that we will be able to look forward to watching. So just relax people! Once the snow melts or degrees of your city raise, it’ll be time to clear your schedule again on Thursday and Sunday nights for some incredible programming. Stay tuned!



CBD Beauty Hacks

CBD Beauty Hacks!

Written By: Sheena Roberson

The beauty world is lighting up! Cannabis is infusing the industry, and is taking self-care routines to a higher level. That’s because the star ingredient, known for its apparent stress-reducing and pain-relieving (among many others) benefits in the wellness space. From anti-inflammatory to pain relief CBD has proven to be a clutch product in a multiple of beauty based dilemmas and routines. Here are a few well known and not so well known CBD beauty hacks and uses you may not be aware of!

1. Foot freedom

As a pain reliever CBD works by affecting receptors in your brain and immune system. Receptors are tiny proteins attached to your cells that receive chemical signals from different stimuli and help your cells respond accordingly. This creates anti-inflammatory and painkilling effects that can help with pain management. Applied topically or ingested CBD can relieve pain so the relief rubs or medicated lotions available are great to use when your night requires a dedication to heels that your feet may not have agree too. The natural pain relief coupled with the plants ability to reduce swelling definitely decreases the ouch factor. A little lotion over the foot before or during foot pain critics say are full proof against withstanding a night on the town. Fashion designers and stylist have been seen toting CBD infused creams in their ready bags for celebrity clients who walk runways and red carpets for hours with no relief to aid in comfort. So hey if it’s good enough for Olivia Wilde we think it’s works giving a world.

2. Dodge Dark circles

Those long nights and early mornings can leave more than just an achy back and foggy brain. Under eye circles and puffiness are the pain in the behinds of most women and men for that matter. It’s hard to find products to do the trick and harder to find all natural versions of it. Most eye serums contain chemicals like Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) to help reduce and eliminate puffiness. CBD however being a natural anti-inflammatory has skin soothing properties that rival some of the better eye creams on the market. A mix of essential oils natural herbs and CBD oil could be a true Hail Mary when it comes to managing your morning maintenance or makeup routine

3. Acne avoidance

Rich in fatty acids and natural emollients that can help hydrate and smooth the skin CBD has incredible medicinal and corrective benefits when it comes to topical, skin-care uses. Including the the dreaded pimple predicaments, we all have those days when we wake up and realize that our skin has betrayed us. Acne can be a complete showstopper and real challenge if you have tricky skin combination that calm for multiple products. Recent studies found that CBD helps suppress breakouts by regulating oil production by sebaceous glands. This could be good news if you want to avoid harsher chemical based products like, Accutane or spironolactone. CBD infused acne creams washes and moisturizers are available to help regulate skin irritations. The ability to manage inflammation and oil production, allows CBD to treat two parts of acne lesion development which until now has been done mainly with chemical based solutions like retinoids. CBD in addition to moisturizing and soothing the skin has anti-aging properties. CBD oil can help eliminate fine lines and wrinkles while stopping signs of aging before they start.

 4. Mood moderator

Being beautiful means not just looking good but feeling good too! No one thinks the evil step mother was as pretty as the happy go lucky princess right? So it’s important to highlight CBDs proven and most popular delivery method is the bath salts or bath bombs available. Cannabinoid oil infused bath products can induce antidepressant-like effects, CBD affect neuro receptors increasing serotonin levels thereby reducing anxiety. Much like a soothing Epsom salt bath but elevated, your muscles and body relax and become engulfed in the waves of serotonin.

5. Lashes

CBD can be an awesome addition to your actual makeup. Beauty brands are taking notice of the craze and have found inventive ways to capitalize on their multiple benefits and reinforce their brand image. For example a few vegan based lines have opted to develop CBD mascara. The oil-based CBD (as opposed to the industry standard, beeswax) to adhere the mascara’s fiber to lashes that goes on smoother and creamier than most formulas.

6. Hair hold

CBD Oil benefits hair, including hair loss, dry scalp, and the best CBD-infused hair products. So take a puff, puff, pass through the hair aisle to decide if your do needs a dab of CBD Oil. The science seems vague, but there’s some evidence that CBD stimulates hair growth when applied to the scalp because of the omega fatty acids. High in vitamin E and fatty acids, CBD Oil nourishes the scalp and strengthens hair, thus boosting hair growth. Inside CBD Oil are omega-3, omega-6 and the omega-9 acids, which help improve the quality of the scalp tissue. Stronger scalp tissue means hair follicles expanding faster which in turn means longer hair!


Sheena Roberson

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So You Want to go Natural?

So You Want to go Natural?

Written By: Ayye Denay


If you’re reading this, my hope is that you have given up the creamy crack or you are thinking about taking the plunge into the natural sisterhood. Congrats! It’s now time for a very real conversation. Contrary to popular belief, being natural is HARD. Your ease of styling depends solely on your hair and your ability to learn it. Going natural requires patience and dedication but if done right, it is extremely rewarding.

The Big Chop or Transition?

Now that you’ve made the decision to go natural there is another important choice you must make. This is deciding if you should big chop verses simply transitioning. When transitioning, you slowly chop the relaxed ends of your hair until they are gone. This can take a few months to a few years depending on how long it takes you to continuously cut your hair. Should you decide to big chop, you will be cutting out all your relaxed hair at once. There is no correct way to go natural. It all depends on your personal preference.

What Products Should I Use?

Regardless of what we may think, all hair is different. Although hair may be similar, various products effect it differently. It’s easy to get lost in the world of products however signing up for subscription boxes or even gathering product samples may aid in not breaking the bank on natural products. It can be easy to get discouraged when a product doesn’t work. However, that is no reason to end your natural journey. It takes much time and patience to find products which work with your hair.

Many brands like Mane Choice, Curls, As I Am and EDEN pride themselves on making products that aid in creating healthy hair, locking in moisture and retaining length.

Avoid Damage


One major thing to avoid when going natural is excessive heat. Products like blow dryers, curling irons, and flat irons can cause immense damage to your hair and unneeded breakage. Other products which may cause damage include harsh chemicals, extremely tight styles and harsh treatment. Using items like heat protectants can aid in mitigating some of this damage. A healthy diet, proper water intake and vitamins will also aid you in avoiding breakage and retaining length.


Protective styling is the cornerstone of natural hair. Finding a few tried and true styles which work for you and are easy to complete is essential in your hair journey. They not only help your hair grow longer they also put minimal strain on your hair. As the name states, they allow you to protect your hair while keeping your hair moisturized.

Protective styles include the following:

  • Box Braids
  • Twists
  • Locs
  • Crotchets
  • Buns

It’s important to remember that while you are going natural you may need to alter your hair routine several times to find something that works. Remember to be gentle with your hair, be patient and read product labels to understand what you are putting on your hair.

Many people will have mixed emotions about your natural hair journey and you should never shame your hair based on the opinions of others. Being natural will require that you do some research to learn about techniques, products and more. Your natural journey may be tough at times but it will ultimately be rewarding.

What CBD Can Do For You


Written by Sheena Roberson

For over 3,000 years, Cannabis has been helping people with a variety of afflictions from pain aides to reductions in inflammation to anxiety and stress relief. CBD is a non-psychoactive (so you won’t get you high from using it) and is said to offer relief from anxiety & depression, stimulate appetite and offers anti-acne properties naturally that drug store creations mimic in design. It wasn’t until 1937, when it was unjustly prohibited, that cannabis elixirs were pulled from the shelves of pharmaceutical shops and doctors’ offices alike. Since then Cannabis and Cannabinoid oils have made a grand reemergence into our everyday routines. Once a household name, cannabis and its derivative CBD have always been an imperative part of our lives, day to day maintenance and health regiments. While CBD’s ability to reduce pain in inflammation is an opportunity for all, beauty brands and influencers have begun to leave flags in the sand denoting that a new era of self-care has commenced.

We already know that inflammation is the root cause of most if not all of one’s skin woes from acne, to eczema. Because of cannabinoids’ anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, using it (especially regularly) can reduce puffiness, swelling, and tenderness. This is perfect for the problem skin consumer whose typical regiment contains multiple products to attack these issues, CBD offer a simultaneous solution to them all in one an attractive sell to anybody.


Your body is an intricate machine with multiple interworking parts and processes. Similarly there are nearly 100 naturally occurring compounds called cannabinoids, and CBD is the one that’s most well-known for its health and wellness benefits. Your body’s endocannabinoid system has receptors and a full spectrum of cannabinoids work in concert more effectively and productively than one on its own. Science explains how this is the case: “CBD binds to a special set of receptors in the skin known as TRPV-1 receptors, where it can help feelings of heat, itchiness, and pain. This explains why it has a soothing effect on the skin. Just like other natural oils, the natural fatty acids and antioxidants in hemp seed oil make it a good choice for people with dry skin, sun burn and conditions like eczema.


Speaking of hemp, there’s a debate there, too. Hemp is a type of cannabis that has had the THC largely bred out of it. It’s legal across state lines; however only CBD derived from hemp can be distributed nationally. There is a lot less CBD and other cannabinoids in hemp than in cannabis strains that contain THC. Some believe the effects of CBD are limited if not coupled with THC and don’t offer as much of an “impact” in relief or results, however most agree that the right sources and suitable dosage  provides more than enough benefit to continue using.


Products infused with both CBD and THC have been making steady appearances in bath bombs, essential oils, lotions, eye creams and skin serums everywhere. Mainstream markets and celebrities are endorsing them and are becoming a part of the CBD craze, so much so that this year’s most recent award show swag bags all contained some sort of CBD derivative product. So how much of CBD is a placebo effect where we expect and want for it to work so in turn we see or feel the results and how much of it is a legitimate improvement in condition. The verdict is still out but in the meantime there are plenty of affordable options for you to explore firsthand and learn just what CBD can do for U!


Sheena Roberson

5 Beauty Hacks that will Change Your Life

5 Beauty Hacks that will Change Your Life

Written By: Ayye Denay

People are always looking for ways to do things easier, quicker and more cost efficient.  These hacks will not only show you how to repurpose some of your household items, they will aid you in restoring some of your favorite products. Before you think about tossing any of your old makeup, try using one of the hacks listed below to bring it back to life.

Hack #1: How to Fix a Broken Compact


If you’re anything like me, when your makeup breaks, your heart breaks a little as well.  Makeup although not a necessity can be considered an investment and at times a costly one.  Therefore, the last thing you want to do is trash a $40 compact after its been knocked on the floor or you dropped your purse just a little too hard. With this helpful beauty hack, you don’t have too.  With only a few household items you can make your compact as good as new in under ten minutes by simply following the instructions listed below.

Everything you need:

  1. Rubbing Alcohol
  2. Glad Saran Wrap
  3. A plastic spoon


  1. To make your makeup compact better, you must start by making it worse. If your full compact is not broken, start by crushing all the makeup parts and gathering them in the original makeup package.  ayye.denay.2
  2. Once everything has been crushed, add several drops of the rubbing alcohol to your compact. This will saturate the makeup and make it easy to manipulate and mold.
  3. Place the saran wrap over your mixture and smooth into the compact with a spoon. Your finger may also be used as a replacement.
  4. You will now need to let your compact sit overnight to dry. If there is too much fall out after 24hs has elapsed you may need to repeat steps 1-3 to get a perfectly molded structure and to ensure that it doesn’t break again upon use.


Hack #2: Restoring Old Mascara

If you find that your mascara has gotten dry, remove the wand, add a few drops of saline solution and shake briefly to bring it back to life.


Hack #3: Using Your Eyeshadow as Lip Gloss

Have you ever looked at your favorite eyeshadow and thought that it would be perfect on your lips?  With this hack, you can now make that happen.  Simply crush your favorite eye shadow into a powder and mix with petroleum jelly. Once the color has been evenly distributed you can now place it on your lips.


Hack #4: Storing False Lashes

Pill boxes and eyelashes are 2 things that you would never think could go together.  However, the round pill boxes are perfect for storing false lashes.  If you are tired of keeping cumbersome lash boxes for the sake of storage, this hack is perfect for you. These boxes can be found at your local Dollar Tree and $1 will get you 7 identical boxes.



Hack #5: Repurposing Toilet Seat Covers

Have you ever been in a pinch at work and didn’t have any blotting paper or powder to rid yourself of the extra shine?  One alternative to blotting paper is a toilet seat cover.  Use this flushable friend to your yourself of any excess shine.


These are only a few of the endless hacks which can be used to make your life easier.  What are some of your favorite beauty hacks?  I challenge you to come up with a new way to cut corners and repurpose your everyday items.

Jill Burrus

5 Types of Management Styles (and How They Affect Employees!)

By: Jill Burrus


In my years as an employee, and a manager in various capacities, it has been made quite clear to me that there are many different types of management styles out there in the broad work force.  Some work better than others.  Sometimes we need certain qualities in a manager to work with the various employee types out there too.  Perhaps the reality is that just as in parenting, where you have many kids in one household with different personalities, parents have to work with each child according to their style and personality traits, to best communicate with them.  I’ve come to see that each management style directly affects the employee base that they are going to be working with.  Maybe you will see yourself in one or more of the 5 styles that I have noticed and will list below.


Loosey Goosey (The Laid-back Leader)

This manager is a super-chill person.  He or she is approachable, easy going, everybody’s buddy.  This manager typically doesn’t want to rock the boat too much, and will avoid any confrontation at all costs. This one doesn’t really DO a whole lot…they are just sort of there.  They have a good attitude, and are really nice and customer service oriented, and happy to help anyone, but they really just sort of stop there. The Laid-back Leader is many times a great worker, getting in and down and dirty with fellow employees, but there can often be very little delineation in who is who on the job as it can come across like no one is actually in charge.  This can lead to a strong employee taking charge, and calling shots, and lack of any kind of respect in authority of the actual manager.  Employees like this manager as a person, but they don’t see them as a leader, and don’t trust that any issues that they ever have will go beyond the fairly mealy-mouthed, “Ok, I’ll look into that for you.” It is hard to have faith in this manager beyond them showing up to work and doing what has to be done.

Old Yeller (The Menacing Manager)

Everyone has experienced this one at some point in time.  This one cannot control their temper, and oftentimes brings in whatever stress they are under outside of work.  The Menacing Manager has little to no patience or real understanding of what it means to guide and lead, although they may very well be exceptionally skilled at the work itself, they are not typically in the mindset of dealing with teaching or growing employees.  (Old Yeller, however, may be super friendly with the client base, which can come across as fake to employees. Nicer to clients than employees is the name of the game.) This manager will many times be a yeller, never really seeming to understand their tone or how they come across to workers. They may embarrass employees by calling them on the carpet in front of others, not aware of how to correctly handle a situation in private, with a calm demeanor.  This sets employees up for running scared.  Scared to make a mistake, scared to approach this manager for any request or guidance. The Menacing Manger can many times be heard bellowing something to the effect of, “FIGURE IT OUT! I don’t have time for this!”  Or worse yet, “I don’t get paid enough to deal with this crap!”  This will not result in happy employees or good and accurate work.  Which becomes a circle of muck, because if one cannot ask for help, they wind up doing it themselves, and they do it wrong, and they get reamed for doing it wrong… and so the cycle continues. Until Old Yeller is wondering why everyone quit.

The Helicopter (Micro-Manager)

This manager has a job to do, and it is to make sure that everyone under him or her is getting THEIR job done.  Fair enough. That is technically part of the managers role.  But then they take it just a step further into the territory of hovering. They are everywhere and see everything. Which again, can be ok…to a point.  But this one will add to the agenda, nit-picking. “Why is this here?” “What are you doing?” “What is this?” “Who did this?”  Rather than good ol’ constructive and helpful criticism, this one is purely offering criticism.  Now, to be fair – it is NOT the managers job to be anyone’s friend on the job.  That is not the point here. But it IS the managers job to manage…effectively.  Hovering to the point of making people afraid to blink is not effective management.  This is setting up an atmosphere of distrust among the employees.  Here, they are under the belief that they were put in a position to do XYZ job, and now, the manager won’t let them without breathing down their throat for 8 hours a day.  This creates a feeling of inability in employees, and makes them nervous to make any move at all for fear that Big Brother is lurking. A ‘damned if I do; damned if I don’t’ sort of mentality.


The Hoarder (Don’t Delegate Doer)

This manager is real worried about things getting done, and things getting done correctly. Knowing that at the end of the day that they are ultimately responsible for it all, that they just do everything there is for them to do and for all the employees to do, too.  This manager has all the jobs.  He or she wears ALL the hats.  And they are stressed out. To the max.  This person usually has a good enough attitude, and is friendly and approachable, and easy to work with… if you can pry any actual work from their dead, cold hands.  Employees will ask, even beg this manager for things to do, and be thrown scraps for busy-work that doesn’t mean a whole lot in the overall big picture.  Things that if they mess up, meh, no big deal.  The manager will keep the “important tasks” for themselves, even though it is no longer their actual job to do those tasks anymore. Though they are well aware that they have capable, able employees to do it, they just can’t seem to let themselves give up control enough to trust anyone else to get the job done like they would.  Employees can sniff this out.  And while some will relish in being paid to basically sit around doing nothing, many will grow frustrated from lack of any actual learning, or challenge.  And boredom. 8 hours of filing or counting ceiling tiles would kill anyone. It’s a fast track for the manager to burn out and employees to exit stage left.

The Alarmist (Henny Penny the sky is falling)

This manager is not a bad person.  They may even be a really good manager, typically. But when something, Anything goes wrong, this person is going to lose. their. ever-loving mind. It doesn’t really matter how intense the situation is, it could be a minor thing or a major thing, but either way, this manager loses composure when things go awry.  They panic, loudly, and stress out and yell, and go into a mere meltdown as if the company itself was breached by a hacker and will come to a screeching halt in T-minus 4.  Most things, as crappy and frustrating as they can be, as much of a nightmare they may be to fix… will not bring your company to a grinding halt.  It may be a pain in the rump, it may take some phone calls and work, but the fact remains that if it was a mistake that was made…freaking out and panicking and screaming does not help anyone or anything.  Freaking out others around you, and sending everyone in close proximity into a full blown tizzy is not productive.  Who can think when they are in melt-down mode?  While this is not to minimize the intensity of the very real times when all hell breaks loose, a true leader needs to lead during these times, stay in control, exhibit trust and show how to productively troubleshoot and problem solve – with a clear and rational head, and ability to stay balanced.

Which manager type are you? Do you see yourself in any of these types?


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By: Jill Burrus

The interviewer sits back and takes a long, thoughtful breath, strokes her chin with her thumb and forefinger, and says, “Tell me…about a time, when you faced adversity… and how or IF you were able to overcome it.”  The candidate immediately mentally rolls their eyes.  Because, who, in an interview where nerves are prominent, the stage fright can be real, can remember a time when… and even if they did, are we certain we are about to hear the facts?

SO, the candidate takes a thoughtful moment, tips his head to the side and glances upward, and literally launches into a made-up story on the spot. One in which naturally, he faced a serious problem, and ultimately was the hero of the day.  Because THAT is what the interviewer wants to hear after-all, no?

If I am to hire a solid, worthy employee, do I want a smoke blower?  Do I want them to tell me basic truths or to inflate their persona in a made up story so much that I fall for it hook, line and sinker, only to find out when employed that they are nothing like the hero they painted themselves to be.  What then, do I do?

Well, it is my opinion that asking questions like these and the “what are your weaknesses” are absolutely set ups for failure on all parties’ accounts.  You are not getting a true representation of what this individual is about any more than they truly experienced their off the cuff scenario to make you like them and think they are the missing piece to your puzzle.

Now, I do understand that there are some situations where questions of this caliber may arise, and they may even have their place somewhere…but I can’t think of many.  Would anyone ever admit, “Oh, I’m actually pretty lazy!” And then ask, “Did I get the job?”  We all have weaknesses that we are not proud of.  And we can clue people in to them IF we creatively put a spin on it such as, “I can lose track of time if I’m not careful, but I’ve taken xyz strides to work on my time management.”  That’s a noble thing to admit, and perhaps the interviewer will admire this and keep this individual in high favor… but there is a huge risk here where being honest too, can swipe one’s chance at gainful employment.  In an effort to err on the safe side, we will typically hear, “I’m a perfectionist”, or some other generic garbage.  So what is one to do – we cannot lie…but we run a great risk of being penalized by speaking the truth too.

Let’s get real.  The typical interview questions that we run into are NOT helping employers find their star employees.  This is a waste of everyone’s time.  We need better material. We need more creative ways to honestly get to know our candidates.  Conversely, interviewers cannot forget to SELL the job! Potential’s need to sell themselves, of course, but employers have a job to do too.  Sell the job, describe in detail what the job is and the expectations that go along with it. They need to talk about THEIR management style. Describe what the ideal candidate would be like, and the situations that may occur.  This is fine to say to the individual, “How do you think you would handle a situation if XYZ occurred?” But remember…that it’s much easier to answer when not IN the situation…and beware the caped crusader swooping in to save the day.

I believe that rather than grilling a candidate, there needs to be more dialogue, and questions designed to have a conversation simultaneously be a learning strategy.  Clearly, if this is a sales position, and the candidate barely utters a word, they may not be the person you are looking for.  Taking nerves into consideration, we can usually tell if someone has the basic personality required for a job. Interviewers need to ask candidates what their work style is (without judging them – remember, honesty is key, and perhaps you can work with a style that is alien to yours), ask candidates HOW they like to be managed – and if they learn by watching or by doing.  We need to watch our employees and see where their strengths are and WORK those strengths, and develop, encourage, and work with them to find areas that fit!

If we just get a bit more personal during the hiring phase, take our time and formulate questions that are designed for getting to know a person, use the right methods and strategies to distinguish the right people for a job, have the right people conducting the interview in the first place… maybe the workforce would become a solid force!

What are some of the worst questions you have encountered during interviews?


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