Is There a Formula for Passing an Interview?

Interview Formula

The formula itself is a simple one, and is broken down into three different sections:
• Interview technique
• Research
• Responding to the interview questions

Interview Techniques: Focus on the following key areas:

  • Creating a positive first impression
  • Presentation
  • Effective communication
  • Body language and posture
  • Final questions
  • Creating a positive final impression

Research: Visit the company or organization you are applying to join. This serves a number of purposes but the most important are demonstrating commitment and dedication to the potential employer but also assisting you in your preparation for the interview.

The following areas should be a priority of a research plan:

  • Do they offer any development programs for their employees, e.g. Investors in People?
  • When were they established? • Is it a large company and do they have overseas interests?
  • Who are their customers and who are their major competitors?
  • Where are they located, who is their Chief Executive and who are the shareholders?
  • What are their short, medium and long term goals?
  • What are their values and policies? • What are their products?
  • Do they have a mission statement or vision?

Responding to the Interview Questions: There are two types of inteview questions motivational and situational.

Motivational Question types:

  • Tell us a about yourself.
  • What skills do you have that would be of benefit in this role?
  • What have you done to find out about this company and the role that you are applying for?

Situational Question types:

  • Give an example of where you have worked as part of a team to achieve a difficult goal or task.
  • Give an example of where you have provided excellent customer service.
  • Give an example of where you have dealt with a difficult or aggressive customer.

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Tax Benefits for Higher Education

There are two tax credits available to help taxpayers offset the costs of higher education. The American Opportunity Credit and the Lifetime Learning Credit may reduce the amount of income tax owed.

The American Opportunity Credit is:

  • Worth a maximum benefit up to $2,500 per eligible student.
  • Only for the first four years at an eligible college or vocational school.
  • For students pursuing a degree or other recognized education credential.
  • For students enrolled at least half time for at least one academic period during 2016. Taxpayers can claim the AOC for a student enrolled in the first three months of 2017 as long as they paid qualified expenses in 2016.
  • Partially refundable. If the credit brings the amount of tax owed to zero,  40 percent of any remaining amount of the credit (up to $1,000) will be refunded.

The Lifetime Learning Credit is:

  • Worth a maximum benefit up to $2,000 per tax return, per year, no matter how many students qualify.
  • Available for all years of postsecondary education and for courses to acquire or improve job skills.
  • Available for an unlimited number of tax years

The Tuiton and Fees Deduction is:

  • Worth a maximum benefit up to $4,000,
  • Claimed as an adjustment to income,
  • Available even if a taxpayer doesn’t itemize deductions on Schedule A,
  • Limited to tuition and certain related expenses required for enrollment or attendance at eligible postsecondary educational institutions.

For more information visit the IRS website at IRS-Tax Benefits for Higher Education

What are the types of Financial Aid?

Financial Aid Language


  • Unsubsidized loan– accrues interest while you are in school and during repayment
  • Subsidized- DO NOT accrue interest while you are in school and during repayment
  • Stafford – loans awarded in two forms (1) subsidized and (2) unsubsidized
  • Perkins – based on “exceptional” or “extreme” need


  • Pell Grant– Federal grant by the Department of Education
  • SEOG– Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant


  • Institutional – school awarded scholarships based on academics, athletics, extracurricular, leadership, etc.
  • Miscellaneous – scholarships sponsored by corporate companies, organizations, businesses, student’s high school

U.S. Navy Observes LGBT Pride Month

The U.S. Navy’s primary mission of deterring and defeating adversaries in all domains across all spectrums of warfare, the Navy is committed to building and maintaining force comprised of the most capable and qualified Sailors regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class or background.

Navy joins the nation in observing LGBT Pride Month