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It will continue to move north on Monday along the Southeastern US Coast. Isaias will then weaken slowly as it accelerates and curves northeast over the Carolinas Tuesday morning, then over our area by Tuesday evening. Confidence is increasing with respect to the magnitude of local hazards and impacts. The main threats with this system are locally heavy rainfall, strong winds, minor to moderate coastal flooding, along with high surf and dangerous rip currents. Locally heavy rain is expected with a widespread 2 to 4 inches likely, with localized amounts up to 6 inches possible. The heavy rain is most likely to occur across western parts of the area from late Monday night through Tuesday night, and eastern sections Tuesday into Tuesday night. The strongest winds are likely to occur across coastal sections late in the day Tuesday into Tuesday evening. Dangerous marine conditions are likely across all of the coastal waters Tuesday and Tuesday night. High surf and dangerous rip currents are expected along the ocean beaches Monday through Wednesday. The effects from Tropical Storm Isaias are then expected to diminish quickly from southwest to northeast across the area late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * FLOODING RAIN: Prepare for life-threatening rainfall flooding having possible extensive impacts across northeastern New Jersey, New York City and the Lower Hudson Valley. Potential impacts include: - Major rainfall flooding may prompt many evacuations and rescues. - Rivers and streams may rapidly overflow their banks in multiple places. Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches may become dangerous rivers. 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Some fences and roadway signs blown over. - A few roads impassable from debris, particularly within urban or heavily wooded places. Hazardous driving conditions on bridges and other elevated roadways. - Scattered power and communications outages. * SURGE: Prepare for locally hazardous surge having possible limited impacts across shoreline communities. Potential impacts in this area include: - Localized inundation of 1 to 2 feet with locally up to 3 feet possible with storm surge flooding mainly along immediate shorelines and in low lying spots, or in areas farther inland near where higher surge waters move ashore. - Sections of near shore roads and parking lots become overspread with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous in places where surge water covers the road. - Moderate beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly in usually vulnerable locations. Strong and frequent rip currents. - Minor to locally moderate damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks, and piers. A few small craft broken away from moorings. * TORNADOES: Prepare for a tornado event having possible limited impacts across Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut. Potential impacts include: - The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the execution of emergency plans during tropical events. - A few places may experience tornado damage, along with power and communications disruptions. - Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings, chimneys toppled, mobile homes pushed off foundations or overturned, large tree tops and branches snapped off, shallow rooted trees knocked over, moving vehicles blown off roads, and small boats pulled from moorings.

The Behavioral Style Interview

By Linda Matias, CareerStrides Email: Website: The cornerstone of a company's success relies on the caliber of

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By Linda Matias, CareerStrides


The cornerstone of a company's success relies on the caliber of its workforce -- the smarter the workforce, the more successful the company. In an effort to find the perfect employee, recruiters have embraced behavioral style interviews as their interview of choice. This is because a behavioral-based interview is designed to make the candidates think on their feet since recruiters don't ask typical questions that can be easily prepared for in advance. For instance, "Where do you want to be in five years?"

During behavioral style interviews, recruiters will probe for specific details and ask you to recall successes and/or failures in your experience so they can easily assess your hands-on knowledge. This is why the behavioral style interview is "tricky" because it is difficult to anticipate questions, although not impossible.

Step One: Understanding what behavioral-based interviews measure

Behavioral-based interviews are designed to assess general core competencies (i.e., problem-solving, decision-making ability, conflict resolution) and competencies that are specific to your industry. For example, if you are a customer service representative, core competencies that recruiters will be interested in include customer retention, account management, and customer satisfaction.

Step Two: Comb job descriptions

Interviewing with companies doesn't have to be a mystery. Most companies spell out exactly what they want in the job description. Take the time to scrutinize job descriptions, not of just the company you are interested in, but also their competitors. You will find that the postings usually have a nice balance between general and industry-specific competencies. Take note of the recurring themes, and prepare for behavioral interviews based on the information you gathered.

For example, if the job description states that the company is looking for a team player, you can expect the interviewer to ask the following type of questions (or a variation of) during a behavioral interview:

What was your role in your department's most recent success?
Tell me about a time when you had to adjust to a colleague's working style in order to complete a project successfully.
Describe a situation when working with others produced more successful results than if you had completed the project on your own.

As you can see, behavioral-based interviews can be challenging. However, knowing what the company is looking for sets the foundation to start preparing for the interview. Once you have a grasp of the core competencies recruiters are likely to address, it will be easier to predict the kind of questions they will ask.

Step Three: Prepare stories

For each competency that you have identified write a story that supports each one. As in any good story, yours should focus on the following: the who, what, where, when, why and how. As an example of how you should answer behavioral-based questions, let's address the first question mentioned above, "What was your role in your department's most recent success?" Here's a possible response:

"At my current employer, The Widget Center, the sales and customer service departments work collaboratively to win and retain accounts. The sales team negotiates the deal and as a customer service manager, my role is to ensure that the customer is satisfied with their purchase and handle any glitches that may arise. In one particular case, I resolved a potentially damaging situation with a key client when the $1.5 million database system they had purchased began faltering a week after it was installed. Needless to say the customer was not pleased and demanded that all the monies be refunded.

After I listened to the customer's concern, I immediately dispatched technical support and the problem was resolved within one business day with little loss of productivity on the part of the client. In the end, the customer upgraded all the database systems in all four locations."

The above response has the makings of a classic story - a damsel in distress, a hero coming to the rescue, and a "they lived happily ever after" ending.

Behavioral style interviews are here to stay and their popularity will increase over time as more recruiters realize that story telling is the best method to gauge a candidate's future success. This type of interview format allows recruiters to shrink the candidate pool and effectively determine the "keepers."