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10/14/07
What to expect. Second interview
Filed under: Interviewing, Mentoring
Posted by: site admin @ 9:31 am

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,
>
> Wow!
>
> 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
> conversation.
>
>   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….
>
> Regards,
> Dan
>

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