10 Oct Kaye/Bassman’s Stephen Norred Featured in Military Officers Associate of America, Interviewing as a Wounded Warrior
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Kaye/Bassman’s Stephen Norred Featured in Military Officers Associate of America, Interviewing as a Wounded Warrior
Dallas, TX | 10/10/2014
By Heidi Lynn Russell
Nobody likes to talk about the 800-pound gorilla in the room during a job interview, and in the case of retired Marine Capt. Jake Dobberke, that “gorilla” took the form of a pair of prosthetic legs. A roadside bomb in Afghanistan had ripped off both of his legs below the knee, broken his left elbow, torn his left knee, and left him with a mild concussion in October 2011.
Stephen Norred at Dallas recruiting firm Kaye/Bassman International Corp. and is also a 22-year Navy veteran. During each job interview, wounded officers should be aware of existing perceptions and misperceptions about their conditions, he says. In particular, many of the unknowns surrounding post-traumatic stress weigh heavily on recruiters’ minds. “Brand yourself as qualified by articulating your overall mental health,” Norred says. “During the interview, you can discuss where you did your tours, how they have or have not affected you, and how it affects you as an overall candidate. Be ready to talk about it, to the point that the interviewer is comfortable with it. Make others comfortable with your disability and allow them to know you’re comfortable with your disability. You must articulate this in an interview.”
Founded in 1981, Kaye/Bassman has grown to become the largest single-site executive search and recruitment firm in the United States with the simple mission of impacting companies and enhancing careers by providing the finest in professional, executive, technical and scientific search. Kaye/Bassman provides strategic recruiting and executive search solutions in over 20 industry practice areas including construction recruiting, healthcare recruiting, banking executive search, energy recruitment and many more. Next Level Recruiting Training, a recruiting training organization, Next Level Exchange, a recruiting training best practices information exchange, and Next Level Marketing Communications are also Kaye/Bassman companies.
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