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10/03/08
Interviewing Preparation Planning and Pre-work
Filed under: Interviewing, Job Offer (Situations)
Posted by: site admin @ 8:39 pm

Three recent consultees’ questions
forms the motivation of this entry.  One came
from Michigan, by way of California, a
second hailed from Tennessee, and the
third resides in Louisiana.

A brief run-down on the situations: 
one received a low salary offer from a
company and wanted help in determining
whether to accept.  The person questioned
the need for interview practice.

one had two interviews in two locations with
the same company and sought preparation
recommendations.

one is recently married and has an out-of-state
interview.  The spouse has a choice position
in-state.  This person sought suggestions on
the two-body problem.  In addition, this person
wanted to talk about what career aims to have
and how does one form them.

Each of these at an earlier point in this blog
would have separate entries.  They are
inter-related and previous entries can
relate to issues that need to be addressed.

PREPARATION AND PRACTICE
There is no doubt as professionals in a very
competitive environment, a job interview is
comparable to competitive sports and
presidential debates.  In all cases,
professionals prepare, practice,
consider alternatives and devise strategies
to deliver their message.

Some preparation tips can also be found. 1 2

PRIMARY TECHNICAL ASSESSMENT
For technical professions, when we are asked
to give a technical talk, it is the primary way we
will be evaluated for our technical skills.  One
should ask about equipment availability, number
in your audience and who they are.  Then,
consider using it to show that you have the skills
that match the job description.

Practice, practice, practice.

Then, create a shortened version of the talk,
lasting no more than 5 minutes.  You will
occasionally be asked to do this.  Find a way
to use a visual aid that can be written on a
board or paper when delivering the
shortened version.  See also 3 .

DO I FIT IN WITH THE CULTURE
See 4 .

DECISION MAKING
See 5 .

TWO BODY PROBLEM
See 6 .

CAREER GOAL SETTING
See 7 .

One Response to “Interviewing Preparation Planning and Pre-work”

  1. site admin Says:


    What are some things to consider if one
    receives a low salary offer?

    My experience if it helps is this.

    COMFIRM THE COMPANY QUALITY
    Is the firm a reputable and desirable employer
    with good business prospects?

    Check other employees through the network
    to see what their experiences are.
    Have many taken a job and moved on quickly?
    What are the business prospects of the company?
    Is the company in a location to make the
    commute convenient and hours reasonable?

    So, detailed homework on the company is step one.

    SALARY IS ONLY ONE COMPONENT OF
    A COMPENSATION PACKAGE
    What else are they offering? Signing bonus,
    with reimbursement for taxes (summing up)?
    Society memberships? Free medical care?
    Matching 401K? Sometimes, benefits can cover
    a lot of ground, if there is a signing bonus.
    Interest free loan? Free day care? Spousal
    employment? Relocation costs? Can there
    be a short term review, say 6 months?
    Are there other inducements, like company stock?

    BE WILLING TO WALK AWAY GRACIOUSLY
    Many situations expect the new employee
    to negotiate to find out what are their priorities.
    Establish what his minimum acceptance requirements
    are. Then what are the priority items with which
    he can be comfortable.

    If the requirements are not met, develop an
    oral and written argument, professionally
    stating that the job was highly regarded and
    the offer respectfully reviewed but it did not
    meet his current needs “for his family” at this
    time.

    If the company is interested in reconsideration…
    Dan

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