Making the Best Hiring Decisions

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-+*Deciding which candidate to hire for a role in your organization is one of the most important management challenges there is.  Regardless of job level, the wrong decision is very expensive, reflects poorly on you as a manager and is demoralizing for other employees. The longer a job vacancy is open, productivity suffers and you […]

Interview Questions – They are All the Same

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-+*Interview questions are all the same and the technique is to prepare your responses to answer them well.  Here are typical questions that sound different but the answers can be thought about in advance and rehearsed. Tell me about yourself. Describe your last job. Where do you want to be in three to five years? […]

SPOTD: On Station at Grane

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-+*In the following image submitted to us by Øystein Osvoll, the supply vessel Havila Foresight maintains station next to the Statoil-operated Grane oil platform and Prosafe’s Regalia accommodation rig. The Grane field, which started production in September 2003, is the first field on the Norwegian continental shelf to produce heavy crude oil according to Statoil. Osvoll is […]

I’ve Never Really Wanted a Microscope, Until Now


-+*The following image may make you hesitate a bit the next time you open your mouth while swimming in the ocean.  Photographer David Littschwager shows one example of all the zooplankton, coccolithophores, radiolaria, diatoms, dinoflagellates and other interesting creatures inside a single drop of seawater. Want a print on your wall as a reminder?  Click HERE.

Google Animates 315 Years Of Ocean Data

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-+*The International Comprehensive Ocean-Atmosphere Data Set (ICOADS) is “probably the most complete and heterogeneous collection of surface marine data in existence,” according to NOAA, and consists of a digital database of 261 million weather observations made by ships, weather ships, and weather buoys spanning the years 1662 to 2007. And it’s just been animated by Google Maps developers […]

SPOTD: Cargo Operations at the Shenzi TLP

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-+*Ben Moll sends us the following image he took while conducting cargo operations between BHP Billiton’s tensioned-leg platform (TLP) Shenzi and the C-Performer supply boat located in Green Canyon in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 120 miles south of Louisiana. The Shenzi TLP has a nominal capacity to produce 100,000 barrels of oil and 50 million […]

Tip: Don’t Argue During an Interview

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-+*What is the real purpose of a job interview anyway? In my view it is to make a personal connection with the potential boss that will result in continuing conversations.  The first objective of any phone or in person interview is to get another interview scheduled.  As there are multiple interviews required to obtain the […]