Thanks, Dan, great advice. That’s very cool
that you have a background with …!
Yes, please feel free to use this in your blog.
I’ll let you know how it goes.
PREVIOUS REQUEST, LEADING TO
FOLLOWING RESPONSE HERE…
> > Dan,
> > OK, I made it to the final round of
> > interviews. There are only two of
> > us left — maybe we can just put it on
> > a game of checkers. No, it’s going
> > to be a 4 hour interview session instead,
> > yuk! I AM looking forward to it, I just
> > don’t want to mess it up. Do you have any
> > particular additional advice to impart on
> > lengthy, personal interviews? If so,
> > can we talk about it?
> > The company website is
> > www.mercy(leavingout).org, and you can
> > see a copy of the job description using
> > this url: http://mercyhousing.ats.hrsmart.com/cgi-bin/u/userhighlightjob.cgi?jobid=946.
> > As you can see, the job has three main
> > components, investment analysis, business
> > development, and project management,
> > just my cocktail of fortes.
> > Thank you very much for … all your help.
> > Hopefully this will be the only job I will
> > need to interview for!
> > Z
RESPONSE TO Z:
> Hi Z,
> The follow-up interview means that they
> really like you, Z. What they want to do
> is find out whether all the members of
> their team can work with you.
> Do they like you?
> Will you be able to work on their team?
> So, key things for you in the follow-up interview are:
> what are your most important questions
> that you need answered? Write them
> down on a pad that you bring along with you.
> plan to “pick up” on the interviewers you
> will meet.
> -Small talk.
> Be willing to engage in friendly banter
> using strong listening skills. Come prepared
> with three things you can carry a conversation
> on– Gore and the Nobel, particular interests
> outside of your career, web-sites you
> regularly browse, whatever strikes you.
> -Observe pictures, organization, books on
> shelf, knick-knacks in offices. These are
> items you can notice and learn about
> people. Use these as clues in conversations.
> -Don’t let little things upset you.
> Plan for problems to occur. Plan to
> over-communicate. But do not over-rely
> on email.
> Email does not reveal emotions well. Plan
> to have cell phone, phone numbers. Show
> that you are level headed in the face of
> problems and meet and exceed the
> customers’ needs.
> Have a response to questions like:
> Why do you want to work for “Mercy…”?
> What are words that you live by? You
> could use a biblical statement.
> The 3rd and 4th beatitudes are:
> “Blessed are the meek,
> for they shall inherit the earth.
> Blessed are they who hunger and thirst
> for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. “
> or Ecclesiastes 3,1
> “There is a time for every season….”
> I prefer for me Ben Franklin’s 13 principles:
> 1.. Temperance: Eat not dullness; drink not to elevation.
> 2.. Silence: Speak not but what may
> benefit others or yourself, avoid trifling
> 3.. Order: Let all your things have
> their places; let each part of your business
> have it’s time.
> 4.. Resolution: Resolve to perform
> what you ought; perform without fail
> what you resolve.
> 5.. Frugality: Make no expense but to
> do good to others or yourself; waste nothing.
> 6.. Industry: Lose no time; be always
> employed in something useful; cut off all
> unnecessary actions.
> 7.. Sincerity: Use no harmful deceit;
> think innocently and justly; and if you
> speak, speak accordingly.
> 8.. Justice: wrong none by doing
> injuries or omitting the benefits that
> are your duty.
> 9.. Moderation: Avoid extremes;
> forebear resenting injuries so much as you
> think they deserve.
> 10.. Cleanliness: Tolerate no
> uncleanness in body, clothes or habitation.
> 11.. Tranquility: Be not disturbed at
> trifles, nor at accidents.
> 12.. Chastity: Be chaste in matters
> with the opposite sex.
> 13.. Humility: Imitate Jesus and Socrates.
> What are your outside interests?
> What 5 people you invite to a dinner
> party, living or dead?
> Interests, and interesting.
> What do you see yourself doing in 3-5 years?
> Are you committed to their goals? Will
> you move on in a short time?
> What will you do if you do not get this
> position? Show that you only redouble
> your efforts when you meet challenges.
> Positive attitude…
> ?Weakness?: small talk with people
> you are not familiar with to allow you
> to feel comfortable with them. Need
> more practice and exposure to people
> who are experts.
> Use this as a ‘growing’ opportunity? Get
> business cards? get names of everyone.
> Everyone you meet is part of the interview.
> I can’t wait to hear about your experiences….