The end of another month means it’s time to recap stories from the LinkedIn Economic Graph Showcase Page that created the most buzz in August. This month’s shares included original LinkedIn research on the internship landscape, bizarre interview questions you may or may not be prepared to answer, and a peek at how the future of Human Resources is shaping up. Here are the highlights from August:

Internships are important, but they’re not all created equal

Which Internships Really Pay Off

As the summer internship season comes to an end, and new school years and careers begin, the LinkedIn research team analyzed data from more than 300 million LinkedIn member profiles in different industries, examining both the number of internships available and the frequency with which those internships turned into full-time jobs. Read: Which Internships Really Pay Off? LinkedIn Pulled the Data.

Hiring great talent is a lot like fielding a winning baseball team

HR Moneyball

If you’re not familiar with the story of Billy Beane (now famously portrayed by Brad Pitt), he’s the Oakland A’s general manager credited with harnessing the power of data analysis to put together a winning team on a tight budget. Could a company apply the same strategy to its hiring process? Read: People analytics: ‘Moneyball’ for human resources.

Quick. Why are tennis balls fuzzy?

tennis-balls

Sometimes interview prep is about more than identifying your greatest strengths and weaknesses. Many employers like to ask unconventional questions, like “If you were a pizza deliveryman, how would you benefit from scissors?” Here’s how to prepare for those curveball questions. Read: The Most Unusual Interview Questions, And How To Answer Them.

The growing need for evolving our soft skills

emotional literacy

Teaching kids about emotional self-awareness in the classroom may help boost those oh-so-critical “soft skills” like empathy and impulse control. Read: The Case for Teaching Emotional Literacy in Schools.

Qualities of companies that are standing the test of time

shore porters

Most companies last for 40 to 50 years, but a few outstanding exceptions have endured for centuries, from a brewery to a bar to a bell foundry. What are the keys to hundreds of years of success? Read: How 16 Of The Oldest Companies On Earth Have Been Making Money For Centuries.

That’s the recap for August. See you in October when we take a look back at the top stories in September.