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Interview Mastery

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Cassie Hillen

on 1 August 2013

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Interviewing Mastery
Interviewing Mastery
Hidden Purpose of an interview:
Will I be successful here?
Will this company/supervisor propel me?
Will my skills propel the company?
Will the company develop my skills?
Set yourself up to be successful if given the job.
Before the Interview
Individual Preparation
Purpose of an Interview-company's perspective
Company ascertains
credibility (emotional intelligence)
Purpose of an interview-your perspective
Research the company
Good Fit
Good Money
Before the Interview:
Research the company's:
supervisor's style
internal success rate
training opportunities
Informational Interview:
call and set up an informational interview
visit if possible, call is okay
ascertain culture, personalities, and profile
be prepared- they are interviewing you too
will you be happy there?
Understand the interview day:
what type of interview will it be?
who and how many in attendance?
location and time
is there a presentation?
confirm details of your interview 2-3 days in advance
extra resumes
questions to ask after each round
practice the difficult questions
type of interview- behavior, structured, technical
get some rest
incidents: mints, paper, pen, kleenex, ect.
Watch for sorting strategies and needs...
Watch for sorting strategies and needs...
Watch for sorting strategies and needs...
Arrive at location 30 minutes early (traffic etc.)
Walk in 5-10 minutes before your interview
Meet and greet secretary, assistants, etc.
Read company literature
Review questions to ask
Use restroom and take deep breaths
During the Interview
be yourself
write down names (thank you, addressing)
write down questions- don't forget the question
be conversational (don't wait until the end to ask)
be concise, 30-60 seconds each answer
answer with the S.T.A.R. technique
First Scenario
Technical Interviews:
Question 1: What is the theory of authenticity?
Question 2: What are the main steps in building teams?
Question 3: Describe the hedgehog concept.
Question 4: Describe the level 5 leadership model.
Second Scenario
Behavioral Interviews
Question 1: Tell me about a time when you conflicted with your supervisor.
Question 2: Tell me about a time when you were fired.
Question 3: Tell me about a time when you had to confront a team member.
Question 4: Tell me about a time you had to make a moral decision.
Structured Interviews: same set of questions
Question 1: Tell us about yourself
Question 2: Why do you want to work here?
Question 3: What are you S&W?
Question 4: Why do you think we should hire you?
During the Interview: advanced
assess team dynamics
emotional intelligence of all individuals
competition vs. collaboration vs. individualism
politics vs. bureaucracy, culture
relational authenticity
Advanced Interview Questions
How are decisions made?
What are the company's core values?
Where do you see the company in 10 years?
How long do you see yourself here?
Please describe the company culture.
What employee behaviors really bother you?
Please describe your supervisory style.
What type of relationship do you have with employees?
Please describe basic expectations.
How are individuals held accountable?
Scenario 1: Skip asking the candidate questions. Only answering questions from the candidate.
Everyone looks to the boss when the candidate asks the question.

Scenario 2: Skip asking the candidate questions. Only answering questions from the candidate.
Everyone is laughing and having a good time. Making a lot of jokes and openly conversing with the candidate and each other.
Scenario 3: Skip asking the candidate questions. Only answering questions from the candidate.
Team members are having a lot of side conversations while the candidate is asking questions. Answer questions in a negative fashion (make it subtle).
Scenario 4: Skip asking candidate questions. Only answering questions from the candidate.
One person answers the question in a not so positive light. But, another person interrupts and tries to put a positive spin on the first answer.
Post Interview
Write your thank you not within 8 hours of the interview.
Include your value to the organization and the details of the day.
The Offer!
Thank the for the offer
Assess the total package
Know the fringe benefits
Negotiation and the counteroffer
Know their salary range, typical range, your range
Will you G,I,C?
Set your success standards: communication, authenticity, and work ethic with your boss.
Preview to "How to be a Star"
Build key relationships to foster success and growth
The First 90 Days
Seek out the untouched needs of the company
Use language of empowerment and praise
Set your expectations during the interview
Inform company of your authenticity and skills
Relationships with your new boss- NVBC
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