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What job applicants can learn from David Cameron

September 23, 2019

David Cameron was Prime Minister of the UK between 2010 and 2016. He resigned after the Brexit referendum. In September 2019, Nick Ferrari interviewed Cameron so the latter could promote his new book. Ferrari asked tough questions and later commented that Cameron 'came out well' from the interview. Here are strategies that Cameron used with Ferrari - strategies that you can use in your next job interview ...

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Is there no more happiness after $75,000?

September 23, 2019

'If you make more than, $75,000 a year, you won't be any happier.' You may have heard this claim. I first heard it in 2010. At that time, I found the claim intriguing. I was doing my undergraduate degree, and it reassured me. I don't have to make a lot of money to be happy, I thought. Those banker hotshots are wasting their time. I rather be happy than rich. I was naïve and cocky ...

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Rejection and neuroscience

September 12, 2019

This article is for aspiring entrepreneurs. As entrepreneurs, we experienced cataclysmic as well as ridiculous rejections. Here is what we learned. Imagine you are in the university library. You are approaching students, asking if they want to test your app. The girl you just approached looks up from her laptop. The keyboard stops clacking. She listens for a second. Then she frowns. Her lips turn into a thin line. You have seen this face before. Disapproval. You start wringing your hands. ‘I am chatting with my boyfriend,’ she says. Then she looks down on her laptop again. You apologise, turn around, and rush out of the room, hoping nobody saw this ...

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What's in the name?

September 9, 2019

Many ask us why we named our startup ‘Poor Alexander’. Here is the answer. Benjamin Franklin was a founding father of the United States. His family’s wealth was humble. He enjoyed little formal schooling and was self-taught. He published a book called “Poor Richard’s Almanac”, in which he collected lessons others had learned ...

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Job applicants and how to sell tomatoes

September 8, 2019

In our last article, we looked at how the average person overestimates himself. We considered how job applicants suffer from the same overconfidence. Let’s return to a chart in that article. The graph shows how well students did on a Law School Admission Test (Kruger and Dunning, 1999). The x-axis shows quartiles, i.e. the top and worst students on that test. The y-axis shows percentiles. The blue line shows how well students thought they did. The green line shows how they actually did ...

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How to win jobs and influence interviewers

September 1, 2019

In 1936 Dale Carnegie wrote How to win friends and influence people. The book is a classic, read by entrepreneurs, investors, teachers, students, marketers, managers, and CEOs. The book, undoubtedly, is a gem to job applicants. Here, we’ll discuss three pieces of advice from the book, and explain why they are useful to job applicants:

  1. ‘Smile’
  2. ‘Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.’
  3. ‘Talk in terms of other peoples’ interest.’

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The money advice you need fits on an index card

August 29, 2019

No one teaches us about money. Consequently, many have little of it. Here is a terrifying statistic. The US asked people how they would pay for a $400 emergency. In 2018, four in ten adults would struggle with that expense (Federal Reserve Board, 2018). Of these four, three think they can borrow money from friends and family, or a bank. The last one cannot come up with the money at all. But this isn’t only an affliction of cab drivers, cashiers, and sales assistants. College graduates suffer too. In 2016, Neal Gabler wrote an article in The Atlantic. Neal looked successful: he had a house in the Hamptons and sent two daughters to college. Yet he wrote ...

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Why job applicants are like bank robbers

August 20, 2019

It was 1995, Pittsburgh, USA. The police officer knocked on the door. His colleagues were behind him, out of sight, with their guns unholstered. There was silence. After a while the door swung open, and McArthur Wheeler stood before them. There was no question Wheeler was the man the police wanted. They saw his face on security cameras. The officer asked him who he was. Wheeler confirmed. ‘We are investigating two bank robberies in Brighton Heights and Swissvale,’ the police officer said. The officer remembered how he got here. The eleven o’clock news yesterday ran a segment on the bank robberies, showing video footage, asking for witnesses. Someone then called the precinct and tipped them off ...

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Poor Alexander is a website that helps job applicants do well in interviews. Here we write about interviews, CVs, employment, money, and psychology. Our articles are based on the primary research we do, the literature we review, and our own experience.

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