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20+ weirdest job interview questions that have actually been asked

Job Search

Here’s everything you need to know about a career in cannabis

the cannabis business is projected to grow to $24 billion by 2025 and 97% of recreational stores make a profit or break even.  If the government and financial institutions continue to support it, we have only seen the tip of the iceberg in terms of how lucrative it can be.

Job Search

These are the most iconic jobs in every state

Americans enjoy such a large economy because they specialize and dominate in a wide range of industries. Similarly, individual states specialize in some industries more than others, as you can see in this map.

coffee

This is the surprising benefit of going for that third cup of coffee

That first cup of coffee in the morning is absolutely needed to wake you up. The second cup of coffee a bit later keeps the momentum up. The third cup is when you start to feel a bit guilty and doubt your sense of self. But this new study will help get rid of that guilt.

Today's Top Stories April 23, 2018

Leadership

Want to hire people who are emotionally intelligent? Do these 5 things

Don’t let your next hiring decision be one that you’ll regret. The strategies that follow will help ensure you make a great hire.

The Whole Human

7 things I wish my current self learned when I was younger

I wish I learned these a long time ago. It would have helped me get on the path to a happier and healthier life. But, remember that it’s never too late to make a difference. So go out there and make it happen!

Health

This is how to sleep better: 5 secrets from neuroscience

I’ll bet you’re not getting enough sleep. Honestly, I’m kind of cheating — it’s a pretty safe bet. And this is the one post where if you fell asleep while reading it, well, I’m not offended.

The Whole Human

Want to be likable? 7 universal secrets to help you

You cannot be liked by everyone, but these secrets can make you more liked by just about everyone (everyone worth being liked by anyway).

Templates

The email every leader should write

Are you a “rising star” at your job or an organization outside of work? To cement your “leader” status, use this email template and let others show what they can do.

resume

9 ways to ruin your resume in the eyes of hiring managers

Simply Hired surveyed more than 850 current and former hiring managers in the U.S., showing that the most popular way to ruin your resume is by having "a few or more grammatical errors" in the mix, at 84%.

Entrepreneurs

This is what it’s really like to be a hugely successful ganjapreneur

If you think the cannabis industry is just getting a lot of attention today because the date is 4/20 you would be quite wrong. The number of people employed by the cannabis industry is expected to triple from 200,000 to 630,000 people by the year 2025, according to New Frontier Data. And with sales expected to reach $50 billion in the next 10 years, it is clear that this industry is not slowing down and being a ganjapreneur is a smart and lucrative career path.

Sleep

Study: Doing this at work could sabotage your sleep

New research has found that acting immorally at work might also throw a wrench in your quality of sleep, among many other findings.

Interview

How to answer the “sell me this pen/pencil” question in a job interview

I've been on both sides of this question, both interviewing people and interviewing for sales jobs. It can be awkward. And as highlighted in The Wolf of Wall Street you don't want to start talking about how sleek the pen is or more generally listing all the properties of the pen.

wellness

The 5 best stretches to counter all your desk sitting

All of the time spent stuck in a chair is wreaking havoc on your lower back. These stretches will help to mitigate these unwanted symptoms.

Productivity

Use your music playlists to actually get MORE work done

While silence works for some people, there are certain situations where music will help a person’s productivity. Here are a few examples of how and when you can use music to increase your production.

Science of Work

Science says: Complaining about your bad boss will make it worse

According to a recent study, slamming your boss to a colleague, particularly a "passive listener," can make you angrier, more pessimistic, and a worse employee.

Humor

The definitive guide to working with the Millennial species

Millennials are a humanoid form presently perplexing the professional world. Never before has such an incomprehensible and downright mysterious breed had the propensity to darken hiring managers’ moods the world over.

The Whole Human

How to stay humble and sincere when you’re doing really well

In the age of the humblebrag, it can be slightly complicated to know when or how to brag and when to keep your good news to yourself.

Communication

These are the 10 adjectives you’re using too often

We know that there are many words that can make you look dumb, plus, phrases that can make you seem passive-aggressive, clueless and ridiculous, but it turns out that there are also a bunch of adjectives that you’re probably using too frequently as well.

Salary

Study finds that ‘very unattractive’ people make more money

A study from the Journal of Business and Psychology of 20,000 young Americans, interviewed the subjects at home at age 16 and then three more times before they turned 29-years-old. The researchers looked at the correlation between attractiveness and income of the participants based on a five-point scale of physical attractiveness from "very unattractive" to "very attractive." They found something very interesting when it came to looks and earnings...

This is the brilliant advice Jeff Bezos just gave on how to hold yourself to high standards

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos certainly doesn't harbor many professional "regrets," but in his most recent letter to company shareowners he illustrates another work principle that he takes very seriously—high standards. In addition to revealing that Amazon has more than 100 million Prime members worldwide, Bezos took a deep look at the power of applying high standards to every aspect of your work. Here are some takeaways from his letter. 

Mentors

5 ways to pick the right mentor for your career

The right mentor can shape the course of your career — here's what to look for in one.

Leadership

This is the one takeaway from Steve Jobs’ 1992 MIT talk you must remember at work

Apple titan Steve Jobs spoke to students at the MIT Sloan School of Management decades ago in 1992, but one of his biggest takeaways on work remains relevant today.

Communication

This is the personality type most annoyed by grammar mistakes

If I see an ad for a vacation rental that says “Your going to Hollywood!” it really bugs me. But my collaborator, Robin Queen, a sociolinguist, who studies how language use varies across social groups, is not annoyed by those errors at all. So we did some research to find out what makes some people more sensitive to writing mistakes than others.

Office Culture

How you can encourage your company to make an impact

Every company wants to turn a profit and keep their shareholders happy, but I know from experience that businesses can make money and be a force for good.

wellness

Use these 7 tips to squeeze some fitness into your next business trip

Fitness gurus share how you can put a jump in your step with a little bit of effort the next time you’re on a business trip.

Career Advice

The single piece of advice that changed the course of my career

It is the best piece of career advice I’ve ever received. It’s good because it’s simple. And it works for every single industry.

Job search

This magic bullet email can land you a job

Sending this winning email to your dream company can get you noticed...and even hired.

Career Change

Starting a new job soon? The tip that changed my life

A tip that my mentor told me a few years ago CHANGED. MY. LIFE. So when I was starting my new role I decided to try this tip to impress my boss right off the bat.

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Health

Science says this is the optimal time to drink your coffee

The pros and cons of drinking coffee could be debated for hours. But, this is no debate: You have probably been drinking your coffee at the wrong time of day for years.

Advice

Why the secret to nailing an interview is the exact opposite of what everybody thinks

Congratulations, you’ve made the short list of candidates for your dream job. Now all you have to do is pass the final test: How do I walk into the room and convince the decision makers that I’m their best choice?

News

69% of employees waste 1 month a year on workplace apps

New research shows that 69% of employees report spending up to one hour daily going back and forth between apps, which is up to a whopping 32 days annually.

9 non-threatening leadership strategies for women