Due to the timing of Holy Thursday, the April meeting will be held on the 2nd Thursday instead.

EARN Meetings are generally held the first Thursday of each month at the St. Patrick's Church Parish Center at 7:25 PM beneath the new church located at the corner of Moseman Road and Hanover Street.
Our next meeting will be Thursday, April 9th, 2015 at 7:25 P.M.

Topic: Behavioral Interviewing & Targeted Selection

Behavioral-based interviewing is interviewing based on discovering how the interviewee acted in specific employment-related situations. The logic is that how you behaved in the past will predict how you will behave in the future, i.e. past performance predicts future performance.

Traditional Interview vs. Behavioral Interview

In a traditional interview, you will be asked a series of questions, which typically have straight forward answers, like:
  • "What are your strengths and weaknesses?" or
  • "What major challenges and problems did you face? How did you handle them?" or
  • "Describe a typical work week."
In a behavioral interview, an employer has decided what skills are needed in the person they hire and will ask questions to find out if the candidate has those skills. Instead of asking how you would behave, they will ask how you did behave. The interviewer will want to know how you handled a situation, instead of what you might do in the future.

During the interview, if you are not sure how to answer the question, ask for clarification. Then be sure to include these points in your answer:
  • Situation
  • Task
  • Action that you took
  • Result
It's important to keep in mind that there are no right or wrong answers. The interviewer is simply trying to understand how you behaved in a given situation. How you respond will determine if there is a fit between your skills and the position the company is seeking to fill. So, listen carefully, be clear and detailed when you respond, and most importantly, be honest.

This month's speaker, Peter Dillon, is the East Zone Human Resources Manager for Isomedix Services, Inc., a division of STERIS Corporation. Peter is responsible for all human resources and labor relations activities for their facilities in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Ontario, Canada. Peter has over 25 years of experience in HR & Labor Relations in a variety of manufacturing and industrial settings, including food processing, metal stamping, cookware manufacturing, mining and heavy civil construction.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Relations from Le Moyne College and a MS Human Resources Management from Mercy College. He is a certified Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) and is DDI certified in Behavioral Interviewing. Peter is also a JSWT and EARN alumnus.

Location: St. Patrick's Parish Center (Lower Level of the New Church)
137 Moseman Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

Directions to St. Patrick's (Google Maps)

Career Transition Plan

People will change careers 7 times as adults. This is a fairly recent situation. So it is very important that people understand and master Job Changes. Many people take what they think is a temporary job to cover some mounting expenses only to find that they have entered a new field for which they are ill prepared. The Career Transition Process identifies many of the topics one must master or at least be acquainted with. The Process is a general transition flow chart that represents major steps from Transitioning out of a company, Knowing Yourself, Marketing Yourself, Selling Yourself, Negotiating a New Job and ultimately to Keeping Your Next Job. There are many job search topics one must learn about to successfully find a new job. These topics are associated with each of the major steps. EARN speakers address these topics throughout the year and the Job Search Work Team covers many in more detail. For more information, visit our Career Transition Plan Page.

Resources Available

This section will help you obtain all the Resources you need during your Career Transition.
For more information, visit our Resources Available Page.

Job Search Work Team (JSWT)

The Job Search Work Team is intended for those people that are looking for work who are willing to step-up and better organize their search efforts. The purpose of the team is simple: the appropriate placement of each team member as soon as possible. The team functions as:

  • An advisory panel that provides guidance in dealing with day-to-day issues and problems of job hunting. By hearing and providing advice on a wide range of practical issues, team members learn more quickly how to conduct an effective search.
  • A core network that expands your personal network by sharing leads, information and contacts. Team meet meetings are designed to accelerate networking within the group, and the team becomes a learning laboratory for networking.
  • A task support group that encourages members to support each other in their search projects. Team members pledge a limited amount of time each week to assist other members. The team is a support community of people in transition.
  • A project management team that helps you monitor your progress, providing support to keep your search focused and productive.
The single most important factor affecting how long a job search takes is how hard and how consistently you work on it. For more information, visit the Job Search Work Team Page.

EARN Contacts and Member Information

For more information, visit the EARN Contacts Page.

Also, find us on LinkedIn at EARN at St. Patrick's group.