HRAC Newsletter  -February 16, 2015 Edition

Upcoming Events

  • 2/28/15  Adopt-a-Spot -9:00 am @ Hampton Blvd & 41st St., Norfolk
  • 3/13/15  Pre-Patty's Day Party -6:30 pm @ The Cove, Oyster Point City Center -Newport News
  • 3/22/15  Spring Fling Kickball (Alumni vs Iota Pi) -2:00 pm @ CNU Ferguson Center Lawn


Quote of the Week

"If you really want to do something, you will find a way.  If you don't, you'll find an excuse."
-Jim Rohn

Employment Opportunities

Associate Relations Specialist
Dollar Tree
Chesapeake, VA
view job here

Finance Assistant
ForKids Inc.
Norfolk, VA
view job here

Information Analyst
Hampton Roads Transit
Hampton, VA 
view job here

Business Development Manager
Office Depot
Chesapeake, VA
view job here

Housing Reinvestment Specialist
City of Hampton
Hampton, VA
view job here

Good Reads

Dataclysm -Who We Are (When we Think No One's Looking)
By Christian Rudder

The Art of Mingling
By Jeanne Martinet



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Congratulations to our 2015 Officers!

Saturday, February 7th marked the first general body meeting of 2015.  The meeting went off without a hitch and we had 17 official members attend for elections.  After the call to order, the 2014 officers shared their final reports.  Then, the voting began.  Voting was done by secret ballot where each member was able to submit votes through an online platform.  The 2015 officers are as follows:  
Executive President -Chris Stoney
Executive Vice President -Jody South
VP of Administration -Jaimie Ferns
VP of Finance -Shelly Rossi
VP of Marketing -Kim Green
VP of Inter Chapter Relations -Chrissy Wielkopolski
After the meeting, everyone reconvened at Mojo Bones, a locally owned BBQ restaurant in Ocean View, for social hour.
If you haven't already renewed your membership for 2015, make sure you do so this week by clicking here.

Share Your Thoughts on the Newsletter

March marks the one year anniversary of the bi-monthly HRAC e-newsletter.  Now it's time to hear what you think.  Please take a moment to answer the questions in the link below.  Our goal is to offer you a newsletter that you WANT to read.  Tell us what you like, what you don't like, and what you want to see.  This is your chance to help make improvements.  Please complete by Saturday, February 28.

Last Chance to Order your

HRAC T-Shirts

Have your ordered your new t-shirt yet?  The chapter has designed a new shirt that incorporates the HRAC logo.  This ash gray shirt is available in both short and long sleeves.  Pre-order yours while you still can!  Short sleeved shirts are $15 each and long-sleeved shirts are $20 each.


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February Service Opportunity

Brother Joy Johnson and her organization, Projects by Joy (PBJ), is working with the Menchville House in Newport News to gather items to assist staff and temporary residents that come to the location.  Joy is collecting household and kitchen items as well as non-perishable food items to donate to the Menchville House.  The Menchville House is an emergency housing facility for the homeless families in the Denbigh area of Newport News.  Please show your support and donate if you can.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Joy at  The collection will run the entire month of February.


2015 Convention Alumni Challenge Competition

As you know, the Alpha Kappa Psi Convention will be held in Norfolk this summer.  What you may not know is that they are hosting an alumni competition.  This year, the organization wants each alumni chapter to collect and bring as many backpacks as possible to the convention to help "Stuff the Bus" for kids in Norfolk and support ForKids, Inc.
Let's show our brothers how we do things in Hampton Roads!  Start collecting backpacks now, and let's win the competition this year!

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The One Interview Question that Most People are Not Prepared For
by Bernard Marr

Any job hunter would be wise to seek out common interview questions and think about his answers beforehand, but what about the questions that haven’t made it onto the lists yet?
One question I’ve heard asked is some variation of, “Tell me something I wouldn't know from looking at your CV,” or “Tell me something no one else knows about you.”
This question seems to be becoming increasingly common, but it’s still not one that job applicants are routinely preparing for. That means it’s a good place for you to shine.
What is the recruiter looking for?
Of course, I can’t say exactly what any specific recruiter is looking for when she asks a question like this, but I can give you some possible ideas. She might be looking to see:
How do you organize your thoughts? If you’re telling an anecdote or story, is it well thought out and well told? Do you connect topics and events linearly, or jump all around?
Can you think on your feet? Because this is a less common question, the interviewer may be trying to get you away from canned, rehearsed answers and see if they can get a glimpse of the real you.
What do you consider most important for the interviewer to know? What comes out as an answer to this question could say a lot about you. Do you tell a story about your philanthropy and charity work, or about your many awards and accolades, or about family and hobbies?
Are you able to relate the story back to the job? It’s a nice indication of higher-level thinking if you can tell a personal story but relate the points about you back to why you would be a good candidate for the job.
Are you saying anything you shouldn’t? This isn’t to say that interviewers are trying to trip you up, but they will always be listening for things you shouldn’t reveal about current or former employers, or anything personal that might make them question your qualifications for the job.
Remember, their job is to find the best candidate, so it makes sense that they want to move you away from more rehearsed speeches into more authentic territory — even if that authentic territory doesn’t put you in the best light.
How to prepare for this question.
As with all interview questions, it’s important to think about how you might answer, but don’t compose your answer and memorize it word for word — any savvy interviewer will be able to tell.
Since this is an open-ended question, your answer is an opportunity for you to highlight aspects of your qualifications, history, or skills that might not be immediately noticeable in your resume.
Keep your core strengths in mind. Go into every interview with a good idea of the core strengths you would bring to the job, and then take the chance to highlight those skills with your answer. For example, if you want to emphasize your organizational skills in a particular interview, you might tell a story of how you organized an elaborate fundraiser at your child’s school, or how you were the president of a particular club at university.
Think about intangible strengths and soft skills. Your resume should highlight achievements and metrics, but this is your opportunity to highlight your best soft skills. If, for example, your resume says you exceeded your sales goals by a certain percent, you could elaborate by explaining that you were able to do that because of your excellent people skills or your dedication to following up with your leads.
Share something personal. If the question comes towards the end of the interview, and you feel you’ve already been able to make your case for your job skills, you might choose to highlight something from your personal life that reflects well on your character. Consider sharing only personal things that are universally accepted as positive, like being an avid chess player or enjoying mountain climbing, rather than anything that could be considered controversial, like volunteering with a political cause or being involved in a counterculture.
Explain why you want the job. This is a great place in the interview to explain why you are particularly passionate about the job. If something in the job description excited you or any personal connection for the field. For example, I knew a young woman who was practically falling out of her chair to apply for a marketing position with a Parkinson's charity because of the work they had done to help her father. This kind of personal connection can demonstrate that you would bring extra passion and energy to the position.
Figuring out how to answer these more open-ended and personal questions is like solving a riddle; the answer should show how you fit into this new job opportunity. As important as it is to think about these questions before you go into the interview, it’s equally important that your answers sound friendly and conversational, not memorized and rehearsed.
In the end, you should feel glad if you get one of these questions in an interview, because they afford you the opportunity to be your real self and highlight any of your best qualities that don’t fit into the resume template.

Bernard Marr is a bestselling business author and is globally recognized as an expert in strategy, performance management, analytics, KPIs and big data.  His latest book is 'Big Data -Using Smart Big Data, Analytics and Metrics to Make Better Decisions and Improve Performance'.   
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