Chances are you’ve been in many job interviews over the course of your career, and maybe even interviewed some candidates for your organization. In today’s episode of Communicate with Confidence, I’m talking to Ellen Mahoney, chief human resources officer of Harvard Business School. Ellen has more than 30 years experience interviewing applicants from a wide background, and trust me when I tell you that she’s seen it all.

Ellen dives into interview secrets from the interviewer’s perspective so you can nail your next interview–whether you’re looking for a corporate job, trying to land a freelance gig or even interviewing candidates for an opening you have. This episode runs the gamut.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How the interview process has changed over the last century (or has it?)
  • How to explain gaps in your employment history
  • Whether to divulge you lack technology skills
  • How to answer questions about being let go
  • What your appearance has to do with your competency
  • What you need to do to walk away knowing you’ve aced the interview


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About Ellen

Ellen is the chief human resources officer of Harvard Business School and the executive director of HBS Initiatives. She is responsible for managing HBS’s human resources functions for the more than 1200 administrative staff who support the school’s mission.


About Molly

Molly McPherson, M.S., APR, combines her knowledge of current communication practices with years of news and PR experience to develop the right plans and messaging for clients to protect and build their reputations. Molly founded the Communicate with Confidence Leadership Training Program and frequently speaks on crisis communications, public relations and social media.


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