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Ever wondered what it would be like to scroll reddit just by thinking it? Well, if you have, perhaps our old pal Billy G has something in the works for you. 

Microsoft co-founder and prolific philanthropist Bill Gates has joined up with Amazon's Jeff Bezos according to reports to back Synchron, a company building brain implants to help further interface humans with computers. 

Sun, 19 Feb 2023 04:47:00 -0600 en text/html
Killexams : It looks like the date for Microsoft Build 2023 has just leaked
  • Dates for Microsoft's annual Build developer conference have leaked ahead of announcement.
  • Viewing the page source of the Microsoft Build website reveals the dates May 23-25.
  • Last year's Build conference was held on May 24-26 in Seattle and online.

Microsoft's annual Build conference for Windows, Azure, and Microsoft 365 developers is yet to receive an official event date, though the event itself has been confirmed to be taking place at some point this year. Now, a quick peek at the Microsoft Build website's page source has revealed the potential date.

As spotted by @XenoPanther on Twitter, the date "May 23-25, 2023" can be seen when checking the page source on the Microsoft Build website, giving us a solid reason to think that's the date Microsoft Build 2023 will be held.

Wed, 01 Feb 2023 09:13:00 -0600 en text/html
Killexams : Philly’s mayoral candidates are tiptoeing onto TikTok. How are they doing?

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If you’ve ever wanted to see Derek Green taking the polar plunge, Jeff Brown dancing in the aisles of ShopRite, or Allan Domb wearing Jason Kelce’s Mummers hat from the 2018 Super Bowl parade, you can find it all on TikTok.

At least half of Philadelphia’s mayoral contenders this year have profiles on the popular video-based platform to promote their candidacy, and the vibes are… interesting.

Pretty much all of the candidates actively use Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to keep people up to date with what they’re doing on the campaign trail. But while their Insta followings range from 639 to 18k, their TikToks haven’t yet caught on.

A few mayoral hopefuls haven’t even launched an account on the video-sharing platform, which is increasingly popular among millennials and Gen Z. Of those that do, none have more than 250 followers. Only three candidates have posted more than five videos. Some garner engagement by reposting to Instagram, but on the app itself, most have just a few hundred (or a few dozen) views and maybe a handful of comments.

Making TikTok work for political campaigns isn’t easy, digital communications and social media strategist Annie Wu Henry told Billy Penn. 

“There’s a lot of helpful uses for social media if it’s used correctly, but it’s not just a copy-and-paste formula,” Henry said. The 26-year-old Philly resident, who said she works for progressive organizations, was widely credited with boosting John Fetterman’s social profile during his successful run for U.S. Senate.

TikTok can be especially useful in reaching younger voters. A quarter of adults under 30 said last year they regularly get news on the platform, according to the Pew Research Center, and around half of people aged 18 to 29 used it in 2021. Overall, 1 in 5 adults used TikTok — fewer than Facebook or Instagram, which were used by 69% and 40% of adults, respectively. 

But the app has featured in campaigns and skyrocketed some formerly low-profile politicians to online notoriety, like U.S. Rep. Jeff Jackson of North Carolina, who now has nearly 400,000 followers.

The key, Henry said, is to make sure there’s “intention and reason behind” what a campaign is posting — and to make sure the format fits the platform. Vertical, high resolution, short-form videos are usually the best for TikTok, and capitalizing on memes and trends can help a video go viral, or at least garner attention.

For a municipal election, Henry advised, campaigns would do well to concentrate on showing up on “For You” pages of people who actually live in the city.

“Get on Philly TikTok, get in the algorithm in a way that it’s going to be pushing you out to all the people that are in Philadelphia,” she said, “in the same ways that Eagles content and the stuff that was happening on Broad Street after winning the conference championship game [were].”

Staying true to the candidate is also critical. “The second you’re trying to cater to other people, it becomes not authentic,” Henry said.

A mismatch between the platform and the “spirit of our candidate and campaign” is why Rebecca Rhynhart’s campaign hasn’t launched a TikTok account, a spokesperson told Billy Penn, though it’s regularly active on many other social platforms. Cherelle Parker’s campaign has also passed on TikTok, digital director Nandi O’Connor said, but is using Instagram reels in a “comparable way.” For Helen Gym, a future TikTok account could be in the cards, per spokesperson Harrison Morgan.

Of the mayoral candidates that are using TikTok, each has their own particular style, or is starting to form one — from Green’s day-to-day explanations of life on the campaign trail, to the Domb campaign dipping its toes into trends, to Jimmy DeLeon’s sole post, a straightforward clip of him speaking at a mayoral forum.

We’ve looked through all their campaign accounts so you don’t have to. Here’s a review of what we saw.

Followers: 9
Posts: 6
Last posted: Feb. 13

Most popular post: Domb knocking on doors and asking Philly residents to vote for him (1,043 views, 113 likes). None of his posts have comments.

Our take: Getting the hang of it. While his first two videos were a bit overproduced and didn’t appear made for TikTok, the more accurate attempts are vertical and make use of popular trends like “things that just make sense.”

Social strategy: The campaign is using its social media channels, TikTok included, to share conversations with people across the city and to show off more of Domb’s personality, said digital director Lindy Wittenberg. “Our social media gets to show a side of Allan not everyone sees — speaking with strangers, supporting small businesses, and visiting neighborhoods in Philly,” Wittenberg said.

Followers: 5
Posts: 1
Last posted: Jan. 27

Most popular post: The lone post is Quiñones-Sánchez introducing herself. “I’m Maria Quiñones-Sánchez. I’m running for mayor because there’s nothing wrong with Philly that we can’t fix together,” she says (217 views, 6 likes).

Our take: Too soon to say, but the initial attempt seemed better suited to the platform than some of the other candidates, and her signature campaign colors — blue and yellow — visually set her apart.

Social strategy: The campaign is using the platform to “directly engage with multigenerational voters in ways we haven’t been able to access before,” said campaign spokesperson Sheila Ballen. “Maria is a dynamic person and an engaging speaker with a strong track record in leadership,” Ballen said. “She has bold policy ideas that we want Philadelphia voters to hear about directly from her.”

Followers: 224
Posts: 8
Last posted: Feb. 13

Most popular post: Used to be a now-deleted play on the popular “He knows Barack. I love Barack” TikTok meme using pictures of Jeff Brown with the Obamas, which abruptly transitions into an “I’m voting Jeff” advertisement for his mayoral candidacy (513.8k views and 1,246 likes as of Monday). Now that that video’s gone, the most viewed post is a 2021, pre-campaign video of Brown dancing with restaurateur Saudia Shuler to “All the Way Up” (2,413 views, 43 likes, 2 comments).

Our take: In flux. Prior to Tuesday, the Brown campaign’s presence came across as pretty lighthearted and TikTok-ish. There’s still some upbeat content — like using Taylor Swift’s “Karma” to promote picking up the “damn trash,” or TikTok dancing in the aisles of ShopRite — but there’s not really enough campaign-related content to make a good judgment.

Brown has deleted some of his posts in accurate days, including a video of him challenging NYC Mayor Eric Adams to a bet on the Eagles’ playoff game against the Giants last month. The account’s likes were also made private after Billy Penn asked about them. As of last week, @jeffbrownformayor had liked a video of TikTok it girl Alix Earle dying her hair and a 5-minute video that claims to reveal “The truth about UFOs.” It’s not clear who tapped the heart — the campaign says both Brown and the campaign’s digital director have access to the account.

Social strategy: “Our TikTok presence is guided by Gen-Z members of our team who work to link pop culture moments with Jeff’s message and Philadelphia’s values and concerns,” Brown’s campaign comms team told Billy Penn. “We also take note of the viral #phillytiktok hashtag, which is one [of] the highest used on the platform.” Moving forward, the campaign is hoping to spotlight Brown’s “personable nature” and the neighborhoods he visits.

Followers: 15
Posts: 11
Last posted: Feb. 13

Most popular post: Green putting together gun safety kits on Martin Luther King Day of Service at Girard College. “I’m working hard. We’re going to make it happen,” he says in the video (645 views, 153 likes).

Our take: Dad vibes. The account shows him in interviews, donating blood, visiting small businesses, and volunteering, plus a few montage reels set to tunes like “Gonna Fly Now” from Rocky. His TikToks are earnest — and among the mayoral candidates, they’re performing most consistently, with videos generally getting over 100 views.

Social strategy: The Green campaign is using the platform as a way of “meeting people where they are” — particularly young voters — and showing “the human side of Derek, and to break down the barriers that exist between politicians and voters,” said campaign spokesperson Frances Patano. “Yes, Derek is a former at-large councilmember,” Patano said. “He is also a Marvel fan, a dad joke enthusiast, and a dancefloor regular. Philadelphia is a city with a big personality, and TikTok is a way to show how Derek can match that.”

Followers: 69
Posts: 3
Last posted: Jan. 11

Most popular post: A picture of a person sleeping on the floor of a Broad Street Line car set to the tune of “Aesthetic” by Tollan Kim (414 views, 3 likes, and 3 comments — with two of the comments coming from the @warrenfuzzybloom account).

Our take: “Windows Movie Maker” meets “in with the kids.” The videos consist more of pictures and slideshows than genuine videos, but they’re set to popular TikTok audios like “Bad Habit” by Steve Lacy and “Sunroof” by Nicky Youre and dazy.

It’s not quite clear whether the Bloom campaign actually runs the account — Bloom didn’t respond to Billy Penn’s requests for confirmation, and he doesn’t link to it from any of his other social media — but the content is similar to some posts on his Instagram and Facebook.

Social strategy: Bloom didn’t respond to Billy Penn’s questions. But @warrenfuzzybloom did leave a comment on one of the account’s TikToks saying that “word of mouth still beats all technology. Just remember to do the right thing and Vote for Bloom in the Spring first May 16th 4Mayor.”


Remember where the mouth still beats all technology please do the right thing. Tell everybody to vote for Bloom’s in the spring your next mayor elect Tuesday, May 16, 2023. You have to believe all your dreams can still come true. 🙏🏾✌🏾❤️😅

♬ Sunroof – Nicky Youre & dazy

Followers: 126
Posts: 1
Last posted: Jan. 20

Most popular post: The sole video is DeLeon speaking about his plans to fight gun violence at a January candidates forum in Germantown (704 views, 75 likes, and 13 comments — most of which are messages of support like “Good to see U on Tik Tok James D”).

Our take: Too early to tell. His single video performed relatively well compared to other mayoral candidates, but it was filmed horizontally and was a clip from a forum, so not created specially for the platform. 

Social strategy: The campaign’s plan is to use TikTok “to get the information of his mayoral administration initiatives and reforms out to the public,” said spokesperson Jarred Rigmidan, while acknowledging DeLeon is still new to the platform. “We also look forward to the feedback that comes with sharing these ideas as well and hope to win over any naysayers to his ideas with a mutual beneficial outcome,” Rigmidan wrote.

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Killexams : Microsoft AI Event LIVE Blog: All the announcements as they happen null © Windows Central null

Microsoft is holding a special media event TODAY where it is expected to unveil a number of announcements around AI across various Microsoft products. Sadly, the event will not be livestreamed, but we’re on the ground at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond to cover the news as it happens, and we’ll be live blogging it all here.

So if you want to keep up to date on the very latest news coming out of Microsoft today, be sure to bookmark this page and return at 10AM PST / 1PM EST / 6PM GMT as that's when the event begins. In the meantime, here’s a recap of what we know so far about Microsoft’s AI efforts.

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced a huge $10 billion partnership with OpenAI, with plans to enthuse many of its products with AI technology over the next handful of months and years. Microsoft Teams Premium is already shipping with AI enhancements such as meeting recap and highlights, which will automatically write up meeting details and key points, and send it to all participants once the meeting ends.

Additionally, a new version of Microsoft Bing was accidentally put live late last week, which revealed new AI based features with ChatGPT integration. The new Bing featured a chat box rather than a search box, and you could talk to the search engine like a person to find information and search for web queries using natural language.

We’re expecting Microsoft to officially announce the new Bing, as well as a handful of other AI-enhanced products at the event today. Where else might we see AI? Office is a likely candidate, and perhaps we’ll even see how Microsoft is planning to enhance Windows with AI. This is something Microsoft Chief Product Officer, Panos Panay, teased would be a focus for Windows in the future at CES 2023 earlier this year.

Good morning! We’re all prepped for the Microsoft event later today. We'll be on the ground at Microsoft's headquarters nice and early to cover all the announcements, so be sure to bookmark this page, and return at 10AM PT / 1PM ET so you don’t miss any of the news.

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Killexams : Meet the candidates running for Denver Mayor: Terrance Roberts

9NEWS asked all 17 people running for Denver to answer the same policy questions.

DENVER — There are 17 people on the 2023 ballot for Denver Mayor, all vying to replace Michael Hancock after three terms in office. If that's not the most ever, it's at least the biggest pool of candidates for that office in decades, according to the Denver Clerk and Recorder's Office, which checked their demo paper ballots going back to 1946.

Each candidate has their own ideas regarding crime, homelessness, housing affordability and more. We asked all of them the same policy questions and asked for written responses.

Below you'll find Terrance Roberts' answers, all unedited and in the candidate's own words, as well as documents related to policy proposals.

You can see the other candidates' responses here.

Denver's Election Day is April 4.

Terrance Roberts

Terrance Roberts is a longtime anti-violence organizer in Denver's Park Hill neighborhood. After stints in prison, Roberts renounced his former gang affiliation and became a community leader in the 2000s. In 2015, Roberts was acquitted on an attempted murder charge for the shooting of a known gang member, which Roberts maintained was self-defense.

Political affiliation: Democrat

Links to policy paperwork

Long-form questions

In a single sentence, why are you running for mayor?

The end homelessness in Denver.

Please provide specifics on your plan to Strengthen public safety and reduce crime in Denver. Specifically, please note whether the Denver Police budget should be increased or decreased (including funding diversion to non-police emergency responses).

The police department needs an audit to determine if the budget justifies our practices. If we are to address public safety we must end our homelessness crisis because we cannot expect safe communities where people are attempting to survive in the streets. When poverty is no longer on our streets police can focus on protecting our communities instead of prosecuting crimes of desperation.

What should the City of Denver do to promote affordable housing? 

We should abandon the commoditized housing model for public social housing for all funded by a public bank. 

How should Denver change its approach to addressing homelessness?

Declare homelessness an emergency, create a public bank with the same authority as DURA, use it to build, retrofit, buy, and eminent domain the housing to get everyone off the streets. 

How should Denver change its approach to mobility and safe streets?

Do everything we can to make this city livable without a car and encourage people to do so.

The Mayor has significant control over a $3-4 billion budget and will hire cabinet members who oversee roughly 12,000 employees. Please detail your experience with budgets and hiring.  

Budgeting is a group process that needs group input, however, I ran a non-profit, Prodigal Son with a budget over $300,000 and have a history with hiring.

Should the City of Denver explore ways to exert more control over Denver Public Schools? If so, how would you do that and what would be your goal?

Absolutely not. I support the democratically elected school board and believe more must be done to get DPS more financial resources.

Please assess the Hancock administration’s response to the influx of migrants from the southern border since December 2022. What should Denver do to prepare for and respond to another potential influx of migrants?  

The Mayor's response to migrants has been good overall, however, had he prioritized housing for all during his administration more resources would have been available to deal with unforeseen situations like this.  

What should Denver do to prevent the displacement of longtime residents due to gentrification and tax burdens?

Beyond public housing I also believe the city must take further steps to assist long time homeowners in keeping their homes.

What should be done to revitalize downtown Denver (vis-à-vis office occupancy, the 16th Street Mall, crime)?

Make Denver a 24 hour city by pushing back closing hours. Make 5 Points a historic arts district. Reduce rent prices on 16th Street Mall and encourage local small business occupancy. Right now a fast food restaurant's rent is $16,000 a month on the mall, no small local business is going to be able to afford this.

What is within the power of the City of Denver to fight the opioid epidemic? What steps should regional or state leaders take in cooperation to reduce fentanyl deaths?

Corporate drug companies have created this opioid crisis and they should shoulder the burden for ending it. We should encourage and proliferate drug testing kits and open safe injection sites to protect our citizens. The tragic results of the drug war have already proved we should avoid attempts to further criminalize drug use.

Xcel Energy's franchise agreement expires on Dec. 31, 2026. What will you seek from the next agreement that protects Denver customers from high utility bills?

If Xcel cannot provide a better agreement that better serves all Denver residents I am in favor of taking the necessary steps to municipalize Xcel. Xcel is a monopoly making record profits while charging higher rates than its customers can remember and they should be ashamed of the current situation.

Denver has a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 65% by 2030. A sales tax approved by voters funds the city's climate action goals. What, if any, changes would you make to Denver's climate action goals and how would you make green energy and environmentally sustainable living available across income levels?

Our new development needs to include green roofs, tankless water heaters, energy efficient windows, phasing out gas heaters and stoves, prioritize retrofitting older properties, and create programs to promote personal gardening. The practice of shifting the cost of climate change to consumers needs to be avoided and those costs need to be passed on to the producers of emissions. 

Yes or No

Will you enforce Denver’s campaign ban?

Should Denver maintain its effective status as a sanctuary city through noncooperation with immigration agents? 

Will you vote to support development of the Park Hill Golf Course as currently proposed on the April ballot?

Do you support the use of any Denver taxpayer funds to build a new football stadium for the Broncos? 

Should Denver reduce vehicle volumes downtown?

Did you support Mayor Michael Hancock’s re-election in 2019?

If the Colorado legislature lifts the ban on local rent control, should Denver pursue some form of rent control?

Should Denver pursue the creation of a supervised drug injection site with the permission of the state legislature?

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Killexams : Candidate Q&A: Madison City Council District 14

Responses to the Wisconsin State Journal’s candidate questionnaire. The primary is Feb. 21.

Isadore Knox Jr.

Family: Wife, Cheryl; adult children Candace Patterson, Jennifer Knox, Zina Hodge, Isadore Knox III, Synovia Knox

Job: Equal opportunity manager, state of Wisconsin/Dane County, retired; security lead, Overture Center

Prior elected office: District 13 City Council member, 2005-2007

Other public service: Equal opportunity manager, Dane County Office of Equity and Inclusion, 2016-2018; director, Office of Equal Opportunity, Dane County, 2001-2016; assistant affirmative action officer/contract compliance officer, Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, 1999-2001; affirmative action officer/training coordinator/employee assistance coordinator, Wisconsin Department of Administration, 1990-1999; equal opportunity specialist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, 1987-1990; corrections supervisor/lieutenant, Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services, 1983-1987

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Education: Political science, UW-Milwaukee; political science, Marquette University; business management, Cardinal Stritch University; social science, Franklin University

Noah Lieberman

Job: Technical services analyst, Epic Systems

Prior elected office: None

Other public service: Vice chair of campaigns, Dane County Democratic Party, 2017-present; chair, 2nd Congressional District, Democratic Party of Wisconsin, 2019-2021; member, Madison Landlord and Tenant Issues Committee, 2021-present

Education: Bachelor’s degrees in applied mathematics and political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Katherine S. Pedracine

Job: Property manager, The Meridian Group

Prior elected office: None

Other public service: None

Education: Bachelor’s degree in cytology, Edgewood College


What is the biggest challenge facing the city and how would you address it?

Knox: The increasing debt service. Finding cost efficiencies and consolidation of services within the budget. Identifying additional outside revenue sources and prioritizing funding of essential services and critical needs. Balancing the budget.

Lieberman: We face a critical shortage in affordable housing, which may prevent all but the wealthy from being able to live here. We must encourage building new multi-family housing across the entire city, including apartments, townhouses, condos, and duplexes. This will reduce rents and provide residents with more affordable opportunities for homeownership and, by extension, wealth building.

Pedracine: One of the largest issues facing the city is affordable housing. I would like to see if there can be updates to the access to qualify for the programs the city has to offer, for example the CDA, DCHA as well as others.

What is the biggest challenge in your district and how would you address it?

Knox: The need for more home ownership opportunities, affordable housing and business development and employment opportunities. Utilize land banking and rent assistance to create more housing opportunities. Utilize tools such as tax incremental financing and TID to stimulate business development and increase employment opportunities.

Lieberman: Housing, as said above. Tied to this, we also have to make public transit a more convenient option. Buses will not be a comprehensive alternative to driving unless we extend service into our neighborhoods and increase route frequency. The edges of the city are crucial for solving the housing shortage, but it has to be easier for those living outside of the city center to travel around the city.

Pedracine: Safety and security would be the biggest challenges facing the district as it affects all avenues of community activities from transportation to housing. Encouraging neighborhoods to reengage with the neighborhood watch program would be a way for people to engage with their neighbors to have neighborhood walks, encouraging exercise, putting the signage back in windows, deterring bad actions.

What steps will be needed to resolve the city’s major budget gaps beyond 2024?

Knox: Finding cost efficiencies and consolidating services between city departments. Identifying additional revenues sources, i.e. state and federal funding. Focusing on essential services and critical needs.

Lieberman: Hopefully, the state legislature will do the right thing and restore revenue sharing to appropriate levels. If not, we will need to find alternative streams of revenue, such as offering more city bonds for municipal projects or implementing a more progressive property tax. We will also likely need to be more judicious in our budget, paring funding across the board.

Pedracine: We will be post-four years from COVID’s crippling effect and I believe the vendors will be able to continue to reestablish their businesses, increasing profits, property values are increasing, and travel revenue is on the increase. This should allow us to see an increase coming into the city’s tax revenue.

Thu, 16 Feb 2023 01:30:00 -0600 en text/html
Killexams : Microsoft one ups Google with surprise AI event later today!
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  • Microsoft is holding a press conference later today, and ChatGPT announcements are very much on the cards.
  • OpenAI CEO Sam Altman is also in Redmond for the event.
  • We might finally see Microsoft announce ChatGPT integration for Bing.

A day after Google announced its ChatGPT competitor — Bard — Microsoft has announced a surprise AI event happening later today. The in-person press event will take place at the company’s Redmond headquarters on February 7 at 1 PM ET.

The Verge is calling it a major news event where the company is expected to talk primarily about AI and a possible ChatGPT integration for Bing. Adding fuel to the fire, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman is also in Redmond for today’s event. He posted a selfie with Satya Nadella on Twittaying that he’s excited about the upcoming event. So there’s no doubt ChatGPT will be at the forefront of this surprise gathering.

Meanwhile, Google has its own AI and Search-related event scheduled for February 8. It’s unclear if the company will say more about its newly announced AI-powered bot Bard, but it looks like Microsoft wanted to beat it to the punch with its own announcements.

Microsoft is no stranger to ChatGPT. The company recently pumped $10 billion into OpenAI for a multiyear partnership. It’s now OpenAI’s exclusive cloud service provider. Microsoft also plans to deploy OpenAI’s tech in many of its products. It recently announced ChatGPT integration for Microsoft Teams, which will see the AI bot take meeting notes automatically.

The next prime candidate to get ChatGPT is Microsoft Bing. A user of the search engine spotted a chatbot interface in it last week. It’s possible Microsoft is ready to roll it out widely or at least announce its plans around the integration.

Mon, 06 Feb 2023 16:25:00 -0600 en text/html Killexams : Best-Kept Secrets of Beating an Internal Job Candidate

“The veteran candidate is good,” a recruiter told me recently. "But no matter how good they are, the internal candidate is going to get the job every time.”

Oh, yeah. The internal candidate. The person who is right there in the office. Who knows all the stuff. Who knows all the people. Who has already been working in industry for years. Who brought cupcakes for everyone’s birthday, remembers where everyone’s kid goes to college and sent flowers when the dog died last fall. That internal candidate.

In a accurate survey on LinkedIn, 12% of veterans said they interviewed against an internal candidate and they got the job anyway. Yet in 60% of the cases, the internal candidate definitely got the job. And in 24% of cases, the applicant did not know what happened (usually because the internal candidate got the job).

If you are the internal candidate, this seems perfectly fair. It probably is perfectly fair – unless you are one of those  ”nepo babies” in celebrity terms. But if you are the veteran or spouse candidate, the presence of an internal candidate feels like one more gigantic force working against you.

Why Bother to Interview Against an Internal Candidate if They Always Get the Nod?

Because internal candidates don’t always get the job. Sometimes the interview really does make the difference. Sometimes the hiring manager is looking for a change. Sometimes bringing in outside candidates is required in a publicly traded company. Sometimes there is another hidden opportunity you don’t know about yet. And sometimes, yes, sometimes you really do beat out the internal candidate, because you are the best candidate in the whole wide world. It happens.

How to Beat an Internal Candidate

Internal candidates often have a secret flaw or two during the interview process. By knowing what those flaws could be, you can increase your chances of winning the job you want.

This Job Is Secretly a Reach for Them.

Even though the internal candidate is a legit member of the team, they aren’t always 100% ready for the role they want. Maybe it is a reach at their skill level. Maybe they made a mistake recently that made their boss take note. Just because the internal candidate is familiar does not make them unstoppable.

Your plan: Prepare vigorously for the interview. Instead of assuming you can wing it and impress, practice interview questions with another person who will provide you honest feedback. Emphasis on the feedback. I know you do not want to take this step and you do not think you need it, but the candidates who are the most impressive are the ones who have prepared the most with others.

Their Boss Is Secretly Not a Fan.

While the internal candidate’s experience at this particular job is almost always better than yours, they do have the disadvantage of being a known quantity. Not everyone at the company is necessarily a fan. If the boss’s boss ain’t crazy about the candidate or if you find yourself in front of a panel interview, you have a chance.

Your plan: Make your case ahead of time. Pretend the interviewer points to your resume and says, “Why should we hire you?” Demonstrate how all your past experience does match you up for this job. If you don’t know what you would say to make your case, take it as a sign you would benefit by working with a career coach.

They Secretly Don’t Have Any New Ideas.

Internal candidates often don’t have fresh ideas. All their ideas have been beaten out of them.

Your plan: After you have demonstrated that your experience does line up with what the company is doing, show that you can bring a little bit more than the internal candidate. Maybe you have used the item they are selling in the field. Maybe you spend some time on Capitol Hill or in the Pentagon. Maybe you have a lot of experience with bickering stakeholders. What’s in your wallet?

Internal Candidates Secretly Don’t Have Questions.

Since they already know who they would work with and what the team is like, internal candidates don’t usually ask a lot of questions – and they secretly don’t do a lot of prep for the interview.

Your plan: Research first. Then in the interview, ask questions about the job that can’t be answered by Google. Ask about processes. Ask about their experience with other veteran hires. Tell them your strategies about how to make alliances and adapt quickly. Be curious about their operations and how they solve problems.

Their Network Is Secretly Not Talking Them Up.

If you got the interview because someone in your network recommended you, you have a chance. They are talking you up to the hiring manager. Internal candidates can be unknown outside their own department.

Your plan: Work your network. The person you know who works at the company right now is the absolute best source with the most accurate information. Call them up and thank them for helping you get the interview. Then ask them what they know about the team and the boss and any insight on what the company likes to see. Every little tip matters.

They Secretly Want You to Join ’Em.

Sometimes you really aren’t as well qualified as the internal candidate. They might be fabulous. That’s OK for you. Even if they hire the internal candidate, hiring managers have been known to do a "talent hire” – where they make a place for you because you have some skill or expertise they want. No matter how skilled you are, this only works if you do a remarkable job prepping for the interview. Hiring managers can also take this opportunity to get to know you, so they can send you an invite when a more suitable role pops up.

Your plan. Keep the recruiter warm. Because other opportunities do pop up in business all the time, make sure all your correspondence with a recruiter and the hiring manager is warm and timely. You want to leave a good memory.

Competing against an internal candidate is never easy, but you can be as strategic and thoughtful in your approach. In the long run, it just might make all the difference.

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Killexams : Improving your board’s performance with next-gen candidates

Jim Woodrum believes that credit unions have “Hotmail directors in a WannaCry world.”

In case you’re not familiar with these technologies, let’s break it down.

Hotmail was a web-based email service launched in 1996. It was quickly bought by Microsoft and has since been replaced with, though old, active email addresses still exist.

WannaCry is a ransomware cryptoworm—malicious software that cybercriminals use to extort money from individuals or organizations by encrypting valuable data or files so the owner can no longer access them. Victims must then pay a ransom to the attackers to regain access. WannaCry rose to public consciousness in 2017 during an attack that affected hundreds of thousands of systems globally, including those of FedEx and Honda.

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Killexams : 46th Ward Candidates Talk Transit, Housing And Public Safety In Uptown At Candidate Forum

UPTOWN — The area’s housing needs, transit infrastructure and public safety were debated at a forum of 46th Ward candidates Tuesday.

Six candidates are running in the open race to replace a retiring Ald. James Cappleman (46th), who served three terms in the office. Five of the candidates participated in a forum Tuesday at the Preston Bradley Center, 971 W. Lawrence Ave., held by Uptown United and the Uptown Chamber of Commerce.

The forum included discussions about ways to support the neighborhood’s economic growth, how to handle development in the ward, ways to Strengthen schools and their ideas for boosting transportation and mobility in the community.

The five participating candidates were scientist Marianne Lalonde, community organizer Kim Walz, community organizer Angela Clay, bartender and union steward Roushaunda Williams and real estate broker Michael Cortez.

Patrick Nagle, a federal chief administrative judge, was out of town for work and could not participate, he said. Uptown United will pose the same questions to him Friday. This story will be updated with his responses.

The candidates will square off in a Feb. 28 election. If no candidate secures 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote earners will proceed to a runoff April 4.

Here is, in their own words, how the candidates answered questions at the forum.

How will you balance the needs for continued development and investment in Uptown with the need to make sure that Uptown remains affordable?

Michael Cortez: “I think the most important thing is to keep the the 20 percent of new developments [affordable] and just promote the area, making it more affordable for builders to come in.”

Roushaunda Williams: “We need to create good jobs, right? That should be one of the things that we are paying attention to, because not being able to afford where you are living starts way before people are homeless.

“We also need to make sure that we are paying attention to what types of developments are coming in and their impact in the community. We need to make sure that we are definitely in real deep and understanding what people need.”

Angela Clay: “When we are thinking about development in his ward, we need to think about it as development without displacement. The community and culture that has always been here and will continue to be here thrive off of the affordability aspect that we have in the 46th Ward.

“We need to make sure that, again, we are building housing stock that is going to make sure that all of our ward thrives. We are a community of elementary schools. Families rely on affordable housing. … We need to make sure that we are developing equitably and with everyone at this table. We have a say in how we want to build our community and we have been left out of that process for a very long time.”

Kim Walz: “In order to deal with affordable housing conditions, we have to look at this systemically. … We really though have to have a conversation about how we’re helping the unhoused.

“We don’t have enough short-term solutions and we don’t have enough long-term housing solutions to help those who are going through this crisis. … We also have 20 to 30 percent less shelter beds than we did before the pandemic and there are no plans to get it back to this original rate. So as we talk about affordable housing, it’s not just about rents, but it’s helping individuals get into homes in the first place and I’m committed to both of those as alderman.”

Marianne Lalonde: “When we think about building more affordable housing in the ward. I think it’s really important that we do it with wraparound services. This will help advance economic upward mobility.

“Not only are we thinking about more affordable housing and keeping housing affordable at every level, what we need to think about are resources for shelters in our neighborhood. … We have the opportunity to add more resources on the North Side. It’s our responsibility to be doing that to maintain the character of our ward but also to make sure that everybody has the space throughout the North Side and access to the services that they are accustomed to.”

Candidates for 46th Ward alderperson include (clockwise from top left) Angela Clay, Patrick Nagle, Kim Walz, Marianne Lalonde, Roushaunda Williams and Michael Cortez.

What policies and practices do you support to Strengthen mobility and safety for all pedestrians, cyclists and CTA riders?

Kim Walz: “We have to have more protected bike lanes throughout the city and throughout the ward so that individuals can feel safe biking to work, biking for recreation, biking to visit their family.

“We also have to Strengthen our public transit. People are dramatically impacted by ghost buses. They don’t feel safe in the CTA and that’s making ridership decline which is bringing revenues down and creating a perfect storm of unsafe conditions where we can’t afford improvements. There is a complete lack of accountability between the City Council and the CTA. As alderwoman, I want to demand that we have safer trains including unarmed conductors, public safety officers in areas where there’s a lot of crime and helping deal with the unsanitary conditions on the train.”

Marianne Lalonde: “This all comes down to staffing and CTA is incredibly short staffed now. We’re not seeing the reliability or the safety on the CTA that we’re used to. Bringing the CTA back to pre-2020 staffing levels can be done by partnering with City Colleges, UIC and others to create job placement programs to better recruit good workers to stay at CTA.

“When we think about pedestrian and bicycle safety, one of the plans that I’m a fan of is Bike Grid Now. It’s 450 Miles of protected bike lanes throughout the city. When we think about our ward, I think we have opportunities to add them down the full length of Broadway, on Lawrence [Avenue], which is actually the US bike route, and possibly on Addison [Avenue].”

Michael Cortez: “There’s two problems with the CTA. They’re not on time, and there’s not enough safety. I felt so safe when they used to have the canine units and our police on board. There’s barely any of that anymore. That all needs to come back.

“I’m a bike rider myself and I’m really for the bike lanes but there are an awful lot of bike lanes. I think it should be main thoroughfares, the streets that can fit bike lanes, and then maps that actually show the bicyclist where the routes could be.”

Roushaunda Williams: “I understand that the CTA is shorter staffed right now, and that can be challenging, but we have to hold CTA accountable. If my son can order a pizza and track it from the restaurants to his mouth, we should be able to do a better job at being able to track our bus.

“Also, a good campaign can be so beneficial in so many ways. We don’t want another child or anyone to get hurt because of bike lanes not being safe and drivers not paying attention. We need to take our opportunities to run a great campaign for biking. It can look something like, if you bike here, I’ll provide you 10 percent off your ice cream.”

Angela Clay: “When we’re thinking about CTA, the first thing that comes to everyone’s mind is why is it now our mental health hospitals and our shelters? When we’re talking about us not feeling like we are protected on our public transportation, we first need to look at why are people sleeping on the trains? We don’t have enough access to affordable homes, to shelter beds and to safe spaces for people to actually grow.

“Secondly, we also need the bike grid. … We need to fix the Sheridan Red Line stop. It is a deathtrap for a lot of our neighbors. This is an issue that is been in our ward for so long and I really want to tackle it.”

What are the most pressing safety issues and what strategies would you implement to build a safer Uptown?

Marianne Lalonde: “The police aren’t doing a good enough job solving crimes. We need to have a higher detective capacity to increase this case clearance rate.

“We need to invest in violence-prevention programs. We’re very reactionary with what we do now. I’d like to invest in Communities Partnering For Peace, that’s the street intervention program, as well as the Peace Book ordinance which is an intervention program driven by young people, and [the proposed ordinance] Treatment, not Trauma.”

Michael Cortez: “The problem is there’s just not enough police. We need to bring in more police. And they have to be police that are trained, respectful to the citizens with no force.

“I also think we need some more cameras. … And not only that but have cameras in the alley.”

Roushaunda Williams: “I think everything is partly solvable by good jobs, right? The have-nots are going to seek ways to feed their families. We can help them out with that. We can make sure that our ward is spotlighting great programs where they can get good jobs.

“I would love to actually bring back the campaigns, the little signs that say ‘we call the police.’ I don’t know if any of you remember that, but I think that that was very helpful in a lot of communities and I would like to see that.”

Angela Clay: “We need to make sure that we are having meaningful relationships with the people who are we are paying to protect and serve us. That means getting out of your car. That means talking to young people.

“We need to make sure that we are properly setting our police officers up for success because right now they are responding to mental health crises that they are not equipped to handle. We have an ordinance called Treatment, not Trauma, that will send a mental health personnel to the scene of a mental health crises instead of a police officer. … We also need to make sure that we are engaging with our young people.

Kim Walz: “Public safety involves two things, one feeling safe in your community and to feeling safe in your interactions with police officers. Not only do we have to fill the 1,500 vacant position to the police department, we need more detectives and evidence technicians to actually solve crimes.

“We also have to talk though about feeling safe with the police. … The resources and options available to the police are limited and they’re not trained to deal with these [mental health] situations. That’s why I would be so excited as alderwoman to help expand the pilot program that brings mental health professionals to these calls. We have to Strengthen the training that’s being mandated through the consent decree and actually follow the consent decree.”

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