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Interviewing. Recent experiences with members
Filed under: Interviewing, Mature professionals, Post-docs, Technicians
Posted by: site admin @ 10:14 am

One of the neat things in career consulting is
that we learn more than we teach or train.

Two examples of this are from former consultees
who sent recent emails.  One shares examples of
questions, the second asks for suggestions.  Please
look at comments for suggestions offered to the
second.  We can learn from both.

#1: “Hi Dan,

I apologize for the delayed response…
Yes, I did do a post-interview evaluation of myself

and it pinpointed my strength(s) and weakness(es).
It was very helpful, thank you.

There were about 15 behavioral questions
in the interview which for the most part is
a blue.  Most of the questions I expected
and have read in your blog, like:
 - What is your biggest accomplishment?
 - How do you feel about and deal with
repetitive tasks?

There were a few I had not seen before, namely:
 - Describe an instance where you had a
good relationship with a co-worker that
helped you overcome a problem?
 - Describe a situation where you used
your power and or persuasion skills to
solve a problem?
 - Describe a situation where your ability
to be a good listener allowed you to solve
a problem more efficiently?..SC”

#2:  “Hi Dan,
I haven’t written you for a while.  How
is everything going?  Hope all is well with
I received interview messages.  I had one
phone interview with … and one on-site
with …  I’ll be having another phone
interview with … 
To improve my interview skills, I want
to ask you two questions:

1.  how to answer the question “what
salary do you expect?  (this is a hard
question for me…)

2.  when they ask”do you have any
questions?” what kinds of questions
should I avoid asking?  …WW

2 Responses to “Interviewing. Recent experiences with members”

  1. site admin Says:

    What salary do you expect?

    Look at 1 , 2 .

  2. site admin Says:

    Do you have any questions?

    You must ask a least one question;
    to do otherwise often signals the
    interviewer that you don’t really
    have any interest in the job or
    the company.

    On the other hand, do not ask
    questions where the answer is
    obvious or readily available
    – or when the topic has already
    been thoroughly discussed in
    the interview.
    And never ask about salary,
    benefits, promotions or training
    issues until those subjects are
    raised by the employer.

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