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Top 5 Things to Bring With You to An Interview

BY: Clique Studios | November 16, 2017


 

Of all the adjectives to describe how you may feel walking into an interview, there is one modifier that you definitely do not want to attached to your name: unprepared.

Feeling unprepared can lead to other parallel emotions such as nervousness, timidness, and fear – all of which are not ideal for a smooth interview.

If you want your interview to be focused on what you bring to the table rather than what you don’t have at the table, make sure to bring these five things along.

Hard Copy of Your Resume

Given that your resume is often the reason why you were given the chance to interview, you always want your interviewer to have visibility to the qualifications that initially peaked her/his interest.  Don’t make the assumption that they will have a printed copy of your resume when you arrive.

Knowledge

The end goal of an interview is to have conveyed why you are the best fit for the position, it is not to have established what exactly it is that you’re hoping to fit in to.  Do your homework on the company, position and industry so that you are not wasting valuable time trying to wrap your head around the fundamentals of the business and role.

List of Questions

Having done your research, write out a list of questions that will give you deeper insight into their goals and expectations.  Having prepared questions beforehand, you will have time to think about ways you can reinforce your key attributes against a myriad of responses they may give.

References

Most interviewers will not only want to hear from you before they make their decision, they will also want to speak with others who can verify your background.  A list of references in hand will not only show your preparedness, but will also speed up the process to a final decision by not having to wait for you to pull your list together.

Confidence

Your confidence in who you are, your background, and what you have to offer moving forward will in turn make an interviewer feel confident in their final decision to deliver an offer to you.  And if you have come prepared with everything else on this list, this should come naturally.

 


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9 Things Every CFO Should Be Downloading

BY: Clique Studios | November 3, 2017


Now more than ever, CFO’s are required to have a firm grasp on both internal and external business factors.

In a time of seemingly endless digital content and news cycles, it can sometimes be difficult to narrow down the best sources of information that will enhance your business as well as your career.

For those executives on the go who want to stay ahead of the curve, consider these mobile-friendly options:


Apps

 

CFO Lens (Apple / Android)

Gain top insights from Deloitte’s CFO-focused app on topics ranging from tax news to marketplace trends to personnel development

The Wall Street Journal: News (Apple / Android)

Try a free month-long to trial to see if this trusted business and finance source is worth the $40 yearly subscription – we think you’ll find that it’s well worth it to have some of the most current and relevant content at your fingertips at all times.

TED (Apple / Android)

Enjoy free videos covering topics from emotional intelligence to tech trends that can be used to better lead your team and stay current on global trends and issues.


AudioBooks

 

Start With Why (download)

Better understand the fundamental question that all great leaders attempt to answer in order to run a successful business – “Why are we doing this?”

The Innovator’s Dilemma (download)

One of the late Steve Job’s favorites, this work explores why staying on top of technological advancements is crucial to a well-run organization.

Lean In (download)

Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg , tackles the issues that women face in the workplace by providing both personal anecdotes and practical advice in a positive and uplifting manner.


Podcasts

 

CFO Thought Leader (listen)

Listen each week personal stories and valuable advice from some of the nation’s most successful CFO’s.

CFO Podcasts (listen)

Dig deep into case studies and interviews with subject matter experts on topics ranging from cloud technology to budget processes.

Harvard Business Review IdeaCast (listen)

We think you’ll enjoy this weekly podcast that covers a wide range of topics with a central focus on business and management from the Harvard Business Review


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How Would A Trick-or-Treater View You As a Boss?

BY: Clique Studios | November 1, 2017


 

Early this morning, as I was quietly rummaging through my son’s Halloween candy haul, I began to reflect on our fun-filled (cold) night of trick-or-treating and I realized three things:

 

1. Kids know where the good candy is at.

2. Kids know exactly how much they are willing to sacrifice to get it.

3. Adults often do the same thing in the workplace.

 

Let me explain.

Candy vs. GOOD Candy – For every child this differentiation is crucial. They lean on hard-learned, past experiences to determine the most lucrative route to take on Halloween night.  Time will not be wasted on fruitless endeavors.

While the Ellis house, for example, has an eerily long and poorly-lit driveway, they also have good candy which means the Ellis house will be receiving a knock at the door this year.

Old man Brien, on the other hand, likes to jump out of bushes, striking fear into every child who comes near, only to make a hollow peace offering of wintergreen mints and peanut brittle.  Old man Brien’s house will be briskly walked past on the other side of the street.

See, just as trick-or-treaters make cost/benefit determinations with neighborhood homes, when an employee has new ideas, grievances or opinions, they often make these same determinations with their bosses.  Their willingness to knock on your door is not based on candy vs. good candy, it is based on being heard vs. being listened to. 

Look at these different types of homes a trick-or-treater may interact with and think about if your employees gauge how approachable you are in the same way:

 

The Dark House

You can see the faint glow of a television leaking through the closed curtains of a second story window, but all the other lights in the house are off.  No porch lights, no flood lights, no jack-o-lantern.  You know they are home, but they don’t seem to want any visitors.  You may knock on the door in hopes that they forgot to turn on their lights, but even if they answer, you don’t expect much in return.

 

The Foreboding House

You have no idea if this house even has candy because the owner is so frightening and intimidating.  From the terrifying stories told in school to the faint screams heard coming from within, it is clear that this house is only meant for seasoned trick-or-treating veterans, and sometimes they don’t even go near it.

 

The Stingy House

The door creaks open revealing a massive bowl of shimmering, individually wrapped candies, and then you hear the dreaded phrase, “Only one piece per child!”  Even though you realize that they didn’t have to give you anything, you can’t help but feel cheated knowing that they had four times as much as they were willing to offer.

 

The Limited Supply House

The candy here is not only good, its great. We’re talking King Size Snickers and glistening, sticky Ring Pops. Sadly, they simply don’t have enough for everybody.  If you see a line at the door, there’s a good chance there might not be anything left for you.

 

The Perfect House

The jewel of the neighborhood, every kid knows that this is the place to go.  They have a seemingly endless supply of candy, handing out huge handfuls with a contagious smile.  And the best part…not only do they not mind if you come back for seconds, they encourage it.

 


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CPA Licensure: Is It Worth It? (infographic)

BY: Clique Studios | October 30, 2017



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How to Craft The Perfect Thank You Email After an Interview

BY: Clique Studios | October 23, 2017


Many of us know that in the 24 hours after we have wowed our interviewer, the next step is to send her or him a thank you email.  What many of us may not know, however, is how to do this efficiently, effectively and professionally.

If you want to write a simple yet substantial thank you email, remember “The 4 ‘R’s”.

Reflect –  After you leave your interview, review the specifics of the conversation you had and write down the details as it pertains to job duties, departmental goals and company goals.  This will be not only be useful for your thank you email, but as a point of reference for any secondary interviews as well.

Restrain – It is sometimes easy to get carried away and try to use this email as a platform to review your entire resume or plead your case for perceived flubs during the interview.  Remember, this is a thank you email. Make your gratitude known from the beginning and be sincere throughout.

Review  Using the notes that you made earlier, briefly review why the position interests you and how you can help their team achieve it’s goals.  The key word here is briefly.  As mentioned earlier, don’t go overboard with this portion.

Reinforce – At the end of your email, you should reinforce not only your gratitude and your interest but also your eagerness.  It is sometimes easy to confuse eagerness with neediness, so simply end your email with “…I look forward to hearing from you soon” to convey that you don’t want the conversation to end there.

Example Email

SUBJECT LINE: {Position} Interview – Thank You

Dear Mr./Ms {Last Name},

Thank you for taking time to discuss the {Job Title} position with me today.  I sincerely enjoyed our conversation and look forward to the possibility of becoming a part of the {Company Name} team.

Reflecting on our conversation, I am excited about the prospect of performing {Position Task}, {Position Task}, and {Position Task} within your organization.

I am confident that I will achieve {department goal} by leveraging my {position specific} background and {position specific} skill set.

Thank you again for meeting with me today and I look forward to hearing from you soon about this great opportunity.

Sincerely,

{First Name}{Last Name}

{Phone Number}

(Email Address}

{Linkedin URL}


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BY: Clique Studios | October 17, 2017


 


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BY: Clique Studios | October 17, 2017


 

Take the Marco Basic Accounting Quiz!

Put your accounting knowledge to the test and see if you could still “ace” that college midterm!

Question #1: Which of the following statements reports revenues and expenses for a period of time?

Question #2: In a proper journal entry, ________ are always indented

Question #3: What is the minimum number or accounts required for an accounting entry?

Question #4: True or False: Financial statements report the fair market value of a company

Question #5: True or False: Revenue – Expenses = Net Income

Question #6: True or False: Liabilities – Assets = Equity

Question #7: GAAP is an acronym for _________

Question #8: Assets are reported on the balance sheet at which amount?

Question #9: True or False: Debits are commonly associated with the term “left-side”

Question #10: Liabilities are recorded on the ________


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Want to Land Your Dream Job? Think Like an Entrepreneur

BY: Clique Studios | October 13, 2017


 

From a young age, we were all inevitably asked one simple question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

With excitement in our eyes we would spout off everything from dolphin trainer to garbage collector, giddy about the infinite possibilites.

And now that we have grown up and chosen a path, we are all inevitably faced with one difficult question: “Am I where I want to be?”

If you’re answer to this question is “no”, you are not alone. Gallup polls suggest that only 1/3 of Americans are actually engaged at their jobs.  Simply put, the vast majority of Americans are settling.

So if you’ve decided to take a risk and pursue a career at your dream company, take some of your starting cues from entrepreneurs, America’s best calculated risk-takers, and begin looking at your skill set as a new business that you want to launch.

 

Make a “business” plan 

Create an overview of what you have to offer, who you want to offer it to, and how you plan on promoting yourself by focusing specifically on the following business plan sections:

   Opportunity

Think about what employers need and how you can fill the void.  If you need help figuring out exactly what it is that you have to offer to the job market, try completing a personal SWOT analysis

   Market Analysis Summary

Write down who exactly it is that you want to appeal to.  Determine their position, industry, and methods of contact.  You should also think about who your competitors are in this space.  You can do this by  looking at who held your desired position in the past, what qualities they had, and what differentiates you.  Use this information to create a personal value proposition.

   Execution

Develop a method by which you will get your message out to your target audience. This could be a combination of networking, personal outreach, blogging, and social media.

 

Put in the work

Now that you’ve determined what exactly it is you’re trying to “sell” and who you’re trying to sell it to, it’s time to follow through with your execution plan and make them aware of what you have to offer.

If you are unemployed while you are looking for this new job, treat this as your new full-time job.  If you are employed while you are looking for your dream job, put in the work whenever you have the chance, and make lasting network connections that can spread the word for you.

 

Be patient

Most entrepreneurs do not experience over-night success, and neither do most job seekers.  On average, it take roughly 6 weeks to receive a job offer.

Use this waiting time to not only keep getting your message out, but to stay on top of industry news and polish your skill set to make you more desirable in the job market.

 

Deliver

Once you get a “buyer”, this is when the real work starts.  Keep your “customer” happy and maintain your high standards.  But seeing as this is your dream job, it should be pretty easy to do!


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Financial Analysts: A Look at the Numbers (infographic)

BY: Clique Studios | October 4, 2017



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5 Ways to Stay Energized at Work

BY: Clique Studios | October 3, 2017


We’ve all had one of those days.  The clock hits 2:47 and with tired eyes we wonder if Starbucks can legally serve us espresso through an I.V…. and then we realize its actually only 12:47… and then we cry.

And while many may reach for a cup of joe for that ‘pick-me-up’, we suggest trying some of these alternatives to ensure that you stay energized throughout the day.

 

1. Walk it out!

We all know that getting up from your seat will wake you up in the short-term, but instead of waiting until your face is resting on your keyboard to stand up, try walking throughout the day.

Studies show that walking for 5 minutes every hour will significantly decrease fatigue and improve your overall mood.

2. Get Hydrated

 

Sure, compared to literally every other drink, water is just plain boring.  And while drinking something mundane to stay awake may seem counter-intuitive, it will actually benefit you in the long-run.

Studies show that staying hydrated will improve performance on tasks such as “short-term memory, perceptual discrimination, arithmetic ability, visuomotor tracking, and psychomotor skills.”

3. Have a chuckle

Chances are, you’ve never fallen asleep while you’re laughing and it turns out there is a very good reason for that.

Laugh therapist, Steve Wilson, says “the effects of laughter and exercise are very similar.  Combining laughter and movement, like waving your arms, is a great way to boost your heart rate.”

So have a laugh to burn some calories and your fatigue!

4. Catch some z’s

 

For far too long, napping has been firmly linked together with laziness, but science suggests that may not be the case.

Studies show that a quick 20 minute nap can improve your alertness and boost your memory.  So be a go-getter and have yourself a quick power nap to get you back on track for a productive day!

5. Crank some tunes

It turns out groovy music makes you feel…groovy!  Studies reveal that mild degrees of syncopation in music elicit compulsory desires to get your body moving!

Slap on those headphones and get funky!


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