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Interview Questions: What To Ask, How To Prepare

QuestionsThis article, from an interview with Glamour magazine’s editor, Cindi Leive, gives some good ideas for those who are planning interviews, either for prospective jobs or for prospective new employees.  The full article, from aol jobs in partnership with career builder. com, can be found here and the full interview (which is an interesting read, with insights about women in leadership, the value of work, and more) can be found here.

Here’s an excerpt:

“I always ask people why they want the job,” she told Bryant. “There’s not one right answer, but I want to see that there is a reason.”

She also she wants a candidate to convince her of their value by saying “something along the lines of: ‘I really want this position. I think I could do something great with it, and I’d be so excited to join your team,'” she told Bryant. “I’m always pleased when somebody does that.”

Her second favorite is, “What would you be doing if you weren’t in this business at all?” With this question she is hoping to get a sense of what people’s lives look like outside of work, and wants to ensure that they value a work-life balance. “I have definitely seen that people who have full lives are not just happier but also tend to be better at their jobs,” she explained.

As for the rest of Leive’s interview questions, she says they’re designed to give her an idea of the candidates enthusiasm and curiosity. “At least half the questions I ask are to just hear how the person talks when they respond. Are they confident? Are they interested? Have they thought through a few stories before the interview?”


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Leadership Friday

Happy Friday; hopefully the beginning of a lovely long weekend for you!  Here are some links to articles about leadership that you might enjoy:


gratitudeHarnessing the Power of Gratitude, from “TLNT, the Business of HR”

We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” ― John F. Kennedy

We all know the good feelings that come with being acknowledged for something that we did. The good feelings result in us wanting to do more to expand that feeling and we continue to look for ways to give our best effort.  While we often have no problems thanking our family, friends and those around us, a study by the John Templeton Foundation showed that many Americans find work to be the last place where they either give or receive thanks.  To read more….


leadership9 Essential Principles to Create, Lead, and Sustain, by Faisal Hoque, in FastCompany Magazine

With the cascade of new technologies and social changes, we are constantly challenged to spark creativity, drive innovation, and ensure sustainability.  What are the remedies? How do we work with ourselves and others?  The newest problems of the world find solutions in the oldest timeless practices like mindfulness, authenticity, and devotion–because everything connects.  Connectivity is a sense of journey, to the sense of purpose–it is an individual, lonely pursuit and a collective, companionable one at the same time.  Our individual, interpersonal, and organizational working lives all interconnect. By examining these connections, we learn new ways to create, innovate, adapt, and lead.  To read more…


interviewLeadership IQ:  6 Words That Ruin Interview Questions

“What’s the matter with behavioral interview questions? They often fail because they contain an obvious “tip off” on how to give the “correct” answer; they’re leading questions. Let’s take the question: “Tell me about a conflict with a co-worker and how did you solve it?”  This question goes wrong with the 6-word phrase “and how did you solve it.”  We’ve just signaled that we don’t want to hear about any times that they did NOT resolve the conflict with a coworker.  But that’s the really important information.  What if they solved a conflict one time, and failed to resolve it 500 times?  By asking this leading question, we’ve lost the data on the 500 times they couldn’t resolve a conflict.  And those are just the words at the end of the question; there are lots of other ‘tip-off’ words that get embedded right into behavioral questions that you need to avoid.  So, what should you be asking in interviews?  (And how do you avoid those other ‘tip-off’ words?) Leadership IQ’s research discovered that attitude, not skills, causes 89% of mishires.  Issues like Coachability, Emotional Intelligence and Temperament determine whether new hires will succeed or fail.  So you need interview questions that will reveal those characteristics (and differentiate high and low performers).”
For more information about the book from which this came or webinars with more information on this topic, read on…


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