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07/11/08
What Interviewers Seek. Business Savvy
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching, Networking, Job Offer (Situations), Mentoring, Mature professionals
Posted by: site admin @ 11:44 am

An interesting comment consultants report hearing
is that a candidate wishes to be a manager.

Another interesting comment is that candidates
enjoy challenges and rapid-paced environments.

Technical people in commerce and industry should
think of desiring both.  That is one of the underlying
themes that emerges from Bossidy and Charan’s
book, “Confronting Reality:  Doing what matters
to get things right.”  While the book states a
target audience of entrepreneurs, mid-level
managers and CEOs (pretty broad) and is a
sequel, it is well written so that most people
seeking industrial roles can read and get
something significant out of it. 

Especially, things like:
why is my company shutting down plants?
why is my company being bought out?
what is the real impact of globalization on my
industry and field?

It can lead to learning some important
questions
a candidate should ask in the
interview process:

  what is the business model?
  what are the external realities affecting the company’s
and industry’s near term and long term future?
  what are internal activities that you will be involved
with and that affect you?

Look, we see a number of events happening
 - large companies taking over other large companies,
 - major lay-offs in broad segments,
 - slow downs in earnings and expansions,
and many other things.
Bossidy and Charan’s book offers a pair of night
vision goggles to see what is happening.

Comments will be added to point out interesting
segments. 
  Sound business model notes
  Leadership
  Biotech/Pharma perspective
Quick hint:  those interested in

leadership roles (RW) look at Chapter 12.

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