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08/10/09
Interviewing Question: Response to Imperfect fit question
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching, Job Offer (Situations), Technicians
Posted by: site admin @ 11:44 am

A highly qualified member currently engaged
in a post-
doc in neuroscience and sensor
development asked two
questions in relation
to a phone screening interview.  He
indicated
that the interviewer was seeking a physical

chemist with good background in chemical
kinetics for
a medical sensor development project.

First question:  How should a question be
responded to
if a person does not have 
experience in photo physics,
“we need a
person who can teach us that” how can one

deal with not having direct experience in a
particular
aspect of a job description?

Second question:  Last Friday I called to
inquire about
the position.  They responded
that they were interviewing
a candidate with
the exact background for the position
and if
she interviews well they will extend an offer. 
Should
I call them later? 

These are judgment questions so I posed
them to several
colleagues for their
perspectives.


DIRECT EXPERIENCE QUESTION:  When
interviewing
the hiring manager will have
preconceived notions of specific
background
she seeks in a preferred candidate.  It is very

good if
(1) you can have her tell you those things. 
Then, it
is your task to
(2) show how your background prepares
you to
meet the tasks.  One might ask
questions to show how when
you are faced
with an uncertain project or question you learn

quickly and “connect the dots” and propose
experiments or
methods.  One can perhaps
(3) ask what is known already and
what is
done now.


I question whether responding that you can
learn this is
a sufficient response.
I believe you want to
(4) show how quickly you can learn and

apply new information and
(5) display enthusiasm that shows
you are
interested in the problem.  You will be
presented
with “roadblocks” all the time in
projects, one might want
to show that you
are up to the challenges.


(2) “SHOULD I CALL THEM LATER”
RESPONSE:

There are many occasions when you
can speak with people or make contacts
informally or formally.  If you sound anxious
and desperate, in a phone call, it is a
definite turn-off.

So, if you do have a reason to call, whether
if it is an expense form, or you wanted to
personally thank someone for meeting,
don’t sound desperate.

Other perspectives are contained in the
comments.

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