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Old June 26 2013, 01:23 PM   #1
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Interviewing someone for a job...

So for the first time today, I will conducting a job interview. Does anybody have any useful tips for this as far as what to do, or not to do.
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Old June 26 2013, 02:12 PM   #2
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Re: Interviewing someone for a job...

Don't take too much notice of who has deeply researched the company - they should be familiar with it but it's not very important - they will learn more if they get the job. You need to get an idea of the person, not their research skills (unless you're looking for a researcher !).

Look at what they say when they're NOT singing their own praises - you might be so impressed with their positive outlook, high motivation and great organisational skills that you miss borderline psychotic.

If you're interviewing for someone you will be working with, picking someone you feel comfortable with is NOT inappropriate - it should ensure a smooth working relationship.

Avoid people that speak corporate BS.

Have someone greeting the applicants - they should chat to them, make them a coffee, relax them and show that it's a good place to work. After the interviews, compare notes with the greeter to see if you agree. Some people are different in the formal interview.
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Old June 26 2013, 03:29 PM   #3
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Re: Interviewing someone for a job...

A good question that I always like to ask is to "Tell me your three biggest faults or failures that have happened to you, and how you overcame them."

If the person isn't ready for it (and it usually gets them off guard, as one usually wants to praise yourself in an interview, not talk about problems you've had)... It'll show if they can think "on their feet", as well as adapt and overcome obstacles.

FWIW, very few interviewees get through all three (in my experience).

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Old June 26 2013, 06:22 PM   #4
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Re: Interviewing someone for a job...

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A good question that I always like to ask is to "Tell me your three biggest faults or failures that have happened to you, and how you overcame them."
As a former interviewee, I fucking hate being asked this question. It's been years, and I still can't come up with an answer.
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Old June 26 2013, 06:36 PM   #5
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Re: Interviewing someone for a job...

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A good question that I always like to ask is to "Tell me your three biggest faults or failures that have happened to you, and how you overcame them."
As a former interviewee, I fucking hate being asked this question. It's been years, and I still can't come up with an answer.
I messed up 'X' and immediately advised my manager and the customer concerned. Having explained the situation to both I corrected the situation by ensuring that I checked at every stage that the correction was effective and kept all parties completely up to date during the process, ensuring a satisfactory resolution.

I took steps to ensure that this could not happen again to either myself or my colleagues. This was a learning experience for me, proved to my manager that I could take responsibility and be trusted to rectify the problem and actually developed the relationship with my customer through honest and transparent communication and being attentive to their needs.

This happened to me. Tweak to suit - you're welcome !
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Old June 26 2013, 06:38 PM   #6
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Re: Interviewing someone for a job...

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If the person isn't ready for it (and it usually gets them off guard, as one usually wants to praise yourself in an interview, not talk about problems you've had)... It'll show if they can think "on their feet", as well as adapt and overcome obstacles.
What does thinking on your feet and coming up with elaborate stories on the spot have to do with performing your job? Unless you're interviewing someone to be a talk show host, you're testing a skill that's completely irrelevant for the position at hand.
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Old June 26 2013, 06:38 PM   #7
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Re: Interviewing someone for a job...

That's the problem. I've never made a mistake so big that I've bothered to remember it.
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Old June 26 2013, 06:40 PM   #8
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That's the problem. I've never made a mistake so big that I've bothered to remember it.
Lie about it ! No-one likes a smart arse !
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Old June 26 2013, 06:41 PM   #9
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Meh, I've gotten hired for every job I've ever interviewed for. I'm not worried about it.
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Old June 26 2013, 07:14 PM   #10
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Re: Interviewing someone for a job...

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If the person isn't ready for it (and it usually gets them off guard, as one usually wants to praise yourself in an interview, not talk about problems you've had)... It'll show if they can think "on their feet", as well as adapt and overcome obstacles.
What does thinking on your feet and coming up with elaborate stories on the spot have to do with performing your job? Unless you're interviewing someone to be a talk show host, you're testing a skill that's completely irrelevant for the position at hand.
The interviewer has to have something to do that looks professional and insightful whilst they are just deciding if they like you. They've already worked out if you can do the job from your application.
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Old June 26 2013, 07:14 PM   #11
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I've done some interviews in the past, but prior to that the applicant's have to pass a test in the application form (there is some lee-way) if they only fail by a couple of points I would no doubt interview them. I then have a guide to interview that they have to pass to be considered for the Job. So it's all scored so it's as far as it can be, If a couple of people pass I might do a second interview just to try and make sure I get the best applicant.
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Old June 26 2013, 07:59 PM   #12
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Don't waste your time asking people what their faults are. Why would you purposely give them an opportunity to lie to you. It's not even like this question shows anything, because people are so used to answering this question that they already have their answers well-rehearsed.

No one's going to tell you anything you can really base your decision on:

"I'm always late."
"I call in sick a lot."
"I think my coworkers are assholes."

You'll just get the bullshit:

"I work too much overtime."
"I have problems delegating because I want everything done perfectly. I'd rather just stay as late as necessary to do it all myself."
"I like to be challenged and would prefer to have multiple simultaneous priorities to deal with."

What have you learned? Absolutely nothing.
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Old June 26 2013, 08:35 PM   #13
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Don't waste your time asking people what their faults are. Why would you purposely give them an opportunity to lie to you. It's not even like this question shows anything, because people are so used to answering this question that they already have their answers well-rehearsed.

No one's going to tell you anything you can really base your decision on:

"I'm always late."
"I call in sick a lot."
"I think my coworkers are assholes."

You'll just get the bullshit:

"I work too much overtime."
"I have problems delegating because I want everything done perfectly. I'd rather just stay as late as necessary to do it all myself."
"I like to be challenged and would prefer to have multiple simultaneous priorities to deal with."

What have you learned? Absolutely nothing.
Yet the suits love it...
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Old June 26 2013, 08:38 PM   #14
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Re: Interviewing someone for a job...

Thankfully nobody in my line of work wears suits. When I started my current job, I was given a Jagerbomb at 10am and told "Welcome to the family!"
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