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The One Question that Kills a Good Interview and Reveals Absolutely Nothing (Forbes.com)

Originally posted 3.24.12 at www.Forbes.com.

"If you want to know what my five-year professional plan is, ask me what I do on a Sunday afternoon and not what’s ticking on my career clock."

I was in a job interview last week that was going well. I was connecting with my interviewers, I’d done my research on the position, and the job sounded like it would be a good fit for my writing skills and desire to mentor undergrads.

Then came the killer question: “Where do you see yourself professionally in five years?”

This question really only has three answers, and when posed to an ambitious Gen-Y candidate, none of them will make you look good. Here’s what I mean:

Why Being Fearless Matters So Much: A Conversation With Zaha Hadid (Forbes.com)

Originally posted 1.26.2012 at www.Forbes.com

‘The only thing I could have done to make them accept me was to water everything down — and I wasn’t prepared to do that.’

When architect Zaha Hadid walks into the Philadelphia Museum of Art, conversation stops. Dressed all in black,she strides purposefully across the vast exhibition hall, her presence nearly dwarfing even the mural-sized Marc Chagall stretching from floor to ceiling behind her.

Hadid’s larger-than-life persona is a frequent topic of conversation in the architecture world, and in concert with the gravity-defying, curvilinear buildings she creates, has earned her a reputation as the diva of architecture. It’s a term applied by admirers and critics alike, to which she responds bluntly “You wouldn’t call me a diva if I were a guy.”