“Steven Richards – Extreme interviewing #in”

“Steven Richards – Extreme interviewing #in”
03/19/2012 After Job Connections main meeting
Sorry, trying to get the linking between yahoo, twitter, linkeinin and my blog correct.

Q —> A (PAR), needs linkage
1. For example:
2. That’s difficult to say, but….
3. They’d probablely tell you about…
4. That reminds me of ….
5. I’m the person who…
6. I was selected to…

Sub question – always, why should I hire you

PAR, Problem, Answer, Results, 30 secs, prepare
Every PAR story should be quantifiable.

Same PAR can be used for different questions. For example:

Tell me about yourself?
I’m an FP&A expert, with experience in startups, growing companies and bankruptcies in a variety of industries; telco, high tech, biotech and energy. My most recent accomplishment was the development of an excel valuation model Price Waterhouse used to establish a $300M breakup value for Solar Millennium.

Why are you the best candidate to hire?
That’s difficult to say , but I’m an FP&A expert, with experience in startups, growing companies and bankruptcies in a variety of industries; telco, high tech, biotech and energy. My most recent accomplishment was the development of an excel valuation model Price Waterhouse used to establish a $300M breakup value for Solar Millennium.

What’s your greatest weakness? I wish I could sing better.

Easy questions:
Why are you the best person for this job?
How would someone describe your management style?
What could you do in the first six months?
What else should I know about you?
What do you know about our company?
Why do you want to work with our company?
What would your boss tell me about you?
If you were to come to work here, what advice would your current boss give you? What can you do that’s someone else can’t do?
Tell me about a time there wasn’t a policy to solve a problem? What is your worst quality? I’ve always admired actors, I can’t sing. (question shouldn’t be asked).

Difficult questions:
Define cooperation?
Are you willing to relocate to advance your career? Yes.
What might your current boss want to change about my work habits. My penmanship. Whenever I make coffee, it’s too strong.

Chin rub technique? Allows you to stall and appear thoughtful. Tell me about a time when you got angry; I spelt coffee over new shirt, changing toner and got it all over me.

How have you benefited from your disappointments ? Any negative questions, go back in time. This is ok to answer with job stuff.

Steven Richards published an article in the Wall Street Journal, google “Steven Richards, Extreme Interviewing” it is a quick read and very worthwhile.

Sent from my iPad
Doug Neeper
(925)-451-4541
http://www.dougneeper.com

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