Interviewing: Preparation Isn’t Just for Job Hunters | No BS Hiring Advice

Interviewing: Preparation Isn’t Just for Job Hunters | No BS Hiring Advice


Hi, I’m Jeff Altman, The Big
Game Hunter. I’m called The Big Game Hunter because I coach
people to play their professional and personal games
big. That could be as a manager, a job hunter. . . You know,
someone who’s got career issues, a small business owner, you get
the idea. I’m helping people play bigger. So, here I want to talk with
those of you who might be new managers. You’ve gotten a
promotion. Yay. And now, suddenly, there’s a lot more on
your plate, and you may feel it in your head. So, I want to give
you some advice about how to do your hiring, how to do your
interviewing, in order to not be in over your head, to actually
be pretty well prepared. So, let me just start by saying,
the first thing to start off with is to really get a clear
idea of what’s the nature of the position you’re trying to fill.
Now, you can interview the former person who’s in the job,
and talk with them about how they saw the job. But, get clear
about what it is that you really need this person to know or have
done in order to be effective in the role. Remember, if you’re smart,
you’ll realize that people don’t need to know everything in order
to be qualified. Now they can be trained. They can be coached by
or mentored by existing staff. There’s a lot that they can
learn from others. So, start by getting clear about what’s
really necessary for someone to know and what they can learn in
this job. Next, be be consistent with the
questions that you ask. Basically, by doing that, you’re
keeping everyone in the position of being evaluated the same way
and preventing your own biases from intruding. Follow this up
with practice. You know, at the end of the day,
this is a new skill for you. Practice interviewing. Have
people do presentations to you if that’s appropriate for the
role. You know, obviously, for an administrative assistant
doing a presentation may not be appropriate. But, you know, for
one of the positions, you want them to speak about an area of
expertise. Put them up at a whiteboard. Let’s see how they
respond. Also, listen more, talk less.
Ask short, simple questions in order to deduce what it is they
really know and what they’ve done. Also, we’ll just skip
ahead and say, think in terms of behavioral interview questions,
not the ones that require memorization. Get a sense from
them, as to the problems that they’ve addressed, the actions
that they took, the results that they got, and a metrics of what
the outcomes were as a result of their work. So, there’s one more thing to
accomplish right? At the end of the day, you want people who you
don’t want to waste a lot of time. You don’t want to waste
their time. A lot of people rule themselves out over the phone.
No reason to waste your time, as well. I’m Jeff Altman. Hope you found
this helpful. If you’re trying to fill a position, call me my
number 646-374-8656. Or you can email me at
[email protected] I’d love to help you staff
positions. If we aren’t connected on
LinkedIn, send a connection request to
linkedin.com/in/TheBigGameHunter.us. And, lastly, there’s a lot of
great information at my website. Again, that’s
TheBigGameHunter.us. Visit the blog. Look for the No BS Hiring
Advice. I want to have a chance to help you with staffing and
with great information, as well. Hope you have a great day. Take
care

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