Monthly Archives: February 2017

Some Podcasts That’ll Keep Your Brain Sharp

We all love to feel smarter . It’s why we read career-boosting books , watch enlightening videos , and, if we’re super hip and cool, pick up podcasts to listen to.

And we don’t just do this for our own amusement (even if we enjoy nerding out to some random topic). Learning something new helps us have better conversations with co-workers, makes us better at our jobs, and it honestly gives us something interesting to talk about.

So, to feed your brain with all the knowledge (and all the small talk material), I’ve rounded up six new ish podcasts you have to listen to this month. Whether you need your daily dose of news, want to try some fun memory exercises, or crave a bit of mystery in your life, these will do the trick.


1. The Daily by The New York Times

If 20 minutes a day is all you have to catch up on breaking news, The New York Times makes this an easy task with this short but extensive series.


2. How I Built This by NPR

We’re all dreamers—but how much do we really know about making those dreams a reality? Learn how others did it in this series that covers the paths of successful (and sometimes eccentric) entrepreneurs and innovators.


3. Masters of Scale With Reid Hoffman by WaitWhat

Curious how a company (like Airbnb) got its start? This podcast covers the timeline of a company from start to finish, interviewing famous founders on how they ended up where they are now. Because, turns out, we were all amateurs at some point in our careers—even the power players who we all look up to now.


4. Brain Training by Audioshows Ltd

If listening to someone talk about their life doesn’t interest you, this podcast might. It’s basically a “workout for your head”—you’ll be guided through a series of games that’ll make you sharper and more focused.


5. S-Town by WBEZ

The hype is well-deserved for this one. If you (somehow) haven’t listened yet, you’re going to want to check out S-Town, another mystery from the creators of Serial that you’ll be thinking about long after it’s over.


6. Every Little Thing by Gimlet Media

This show will, according to its poetic description, “turn over the rock, peek through the keyhole, go down the rabbit hole” of ordinary situations and discoveries. Need to be taken on a journey? This podcast might do just that.

Formula for Answering Tell Me About Yourself

“So, tell me about yourself.”

What seems like such a simple question can really make you sweat, especially in an interview. What, exactly, should you share—not just to build rapport, but to show that you’re the perfect fit for the job?

Fear not, job seekers: There’s a super-simple formula that will help you answer this question with ease. Watch this quick video as our CEO Kathryn Minshew gives a simple tip from our career expert Lily Zhang, then try it out for yourself!

(Can’t watch the video at work? Don’t worry—we’ve also copied the transcript below.)



How to Answer “Tell Me About Yourself”

So, the first question you’re probably going to get in an interview is, “Tell me about yourself.” Now, this is not an invitation to recite your entire life story or even to go bullet by bullet through your resume. Instead, it’s probably your first and best chance to pitch the hiring manager on why you’re the right one for the job.

A formula I really like to use is called the Present-Past-Future formula. So, first you start with the present—where you are right now. Then, segue into the past—a little bit about the experiences you’ve had and the skills you gained at the previous position. Finally, finish with the future—why you are really excited for this particular opportunity.

Let me give you an example:

If someone asked, “tell me about yourself,” you could say:

“Well, I’m currently an account executive at Smith, where I handle our top performing client. Before that, I worked at an agency where I was on three different major national healthcare brands. And while I really enjoyed the work that I did, I’d love the chance to dig in much deeper with one specific healthcare company, which is why I’m so excited about this opportunity with Metro Health Center.”

Remember throughout your answer to focus on the experiences and skills that are going to be most relevant for the hiring manager when they’re thinking about this particular position and this company. And ultimately, don’t be afraid to relax a little bit, tell stories and anecdotes—the hiring manager already has your resume, so they also want to know a little more about you.