March 13, 2018
OMG Meeting: Interviewing: Principles from Both Sides of the Fence
Have you ever bombed an interview? It's very rare that you will find someone who has been offered the job for every interview they have walked into. Interviewing not only burdens the interviewee, but the interviewer as well. They want to find the perfect fit for their open position just as much as you want to find the perfect job.
Last Friday, during our Opportunity Management Group meeting we had a very in-depth conversation on the topic Interviewing: Principles from Both Sides of the Fence. A huge thank you to Jackie Hartman; CBS Global IT Lead at Cargill for joining Richard Walker; CEO at York Solutions and Scott Smith; Delivery Director at York Solutions as they lead the meeting.
To start off the interview, hiring managers may ask loaded questions to see how the interviewee will react and think on their feet. Here is what we came up with as a group regarding loaded and difficult interview questions:
What are the “loaded” questions you’ve been asked in an interview?
- What is your biggest weakness?
- What is the biggest challenge you have had to overcome?
- Give an example of a conflict at work or with your boss
- Why did you want to leave your last job?
What are the most difficult questions you’ve been asked in an interview?
- Please explain this employment gap on your resume
- If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
- What was your GPA in college?
- Why was your position eliminated?
As the interviewer, they want to know how you are going to solve their problems. It's your job as the interviewee to figure out where the interviewer's pain is and be able to quickly demonstrate how you can solve their problems. Per our discussion, here are some questions an interviewer may ask, and avoid:
The best questions to determine the right candidate for the job?
- Why do you want to work for this company?
- Why do you want this position?
- Tell me about yourself
- What would your business partners say about you?
- Do you have any questions?
Questions to avoid?
- Personal questions
- How do you feel about your last boss?
- Avoid sarcasm and snap judgements
- Avoid labels (young, old timer, kid)
The interviewing process can carry a burden on your shoulders, no matter what side of the fence you are on. To make this process a little easier, Jackie Hartman shared a few tips for interviewees; be interested, do your homework, and put yourself in the hiring manager's shoes. Every interview you walk into is going to be different, and each hiring manager may have a different approach. We hope through our discussion you we're able to walk away with the essential building blocks to ace your next interview!
How do you prepare for an interview?
See attached slides!