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The Goal Of Interviews

Interviews are about your ability to do something for the people interviewing you. 

Look at the interview from the interviewer’s point of view and show you are genuinely interested in their well-being, and in the success of the company you’re joining.

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  1. What’s the biggest change in your team last year? Do they feel things are getting better?
  2. How does one earn a “gold star” on a performance review? What are your goals for this role next year?
  3. What’s the leadership like the company?
  4. Which competitor worries you the most?
  5. How do the different sectors work around here?
  6. What type of person succeeds or fails here?
  7. What’s one thing that’s key to this company’s success that somebody from outside the company wouldn’t know about?
  8. How did you start and why did you stay in this industry?
  9. What’s your biggest worry these days?
  10. What’s the timeline for decision-making on this position
  11. What is your reward system
  12. What and how operational information is shared with the employees?
  13. What is the rhythm of work around here?
  14. What characteristics do the people who are most celebrated have in common with each other? 

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  1. Screening call or on-site interview: lengthy when done by HR and short when it’s someone technical, also not a good time to fire all your questions.
  2. Technical interview: where your knowledge is assessed by professionals of the field.
  3. Technical assessment, homework or pair programming: a practical test of your skills.
  4. Final interview: meeting the rest of the team or company leaders.
  5. Offer.

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Let Your Passion For the Position Shine Through
  1. Know What You Really Want: Most interviewers can see if your only goal is hierarchical or financial. Know why this job matters to you and be able to articulate your reasoning well.
  2. Have a Plan: If you are qualified for and interested in different positions, be able to explain the strategic value that holding each position helps you contribute to the company.
  3. Do Your Homework: Be able to explain why your skillset adds the most value for THIS job at THIS company. Study both job and company.
  4. Be Authentic, But Have a Filter: Be careful what you reveal as the interviewer is always trying to find how it will affect his business. For example: It’s great to dream of having your own business but bringing it up raises concerns regarding loyalty.

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  • Prepare your questions based on the attributes of an ideal candidate,
  • Reduce stress level. Tell the candidates in advance the questions you plan to ask.
  • Involve enough people for multiple checks.
  • Assess potential. Look for signs of the candidate's curiosity, insight, engagement, and determination.
  • Ask behavioral and situational questions.
  • Consider "cultural fit", but don't obsess because people adapt.
  • Sell the role and the organization once you're sure in your candidate.

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