An opportunity to learn about each other.
A chance to really get a feel for the person beyond what they are saying in their resume
a form of speed dating
An interview is a chance to put yourself out there and tell more of your story than might be seen in your resume.
Finding out whether you are a good fit and want to work there
the most terrifying thing known to man
a performance - hopefully your best. Also, ideally, an honest performance by representatives of the organization.
It should be a conversation
A chance to ask questions.
a dress rehearsal
An op to find out more about the position and the environment.
A way to explore if you are compatible with the job and the people you’ll be working with
An opportunity to see if you match well with the organization beyond the resume.
a chance to see how you fit in the organization
how candidates and employers sell themselves
Your chance to make a great impression and get a feel for company
To get a good feel for the company and the team too, goes both ways
An interview is a way for an organisation to hear and see if your suitable for the job and organisation
a consultation between two people to check skills, chemistry, good fit, etc.
thoughts on the gap that this pandemic may create in people’s resumes?
thoughts on interviewing over webcam during the pandemic?
Are small gaps due to being a freelancer/contractor a red flag to recruiters?
Dylan - as someone who also does executive searches - fill that gap with gig work, professional development or continuing education to build a new marketable skill, or volunteer for something that will build your resume. All of that counts.
if one has a long work history on account of many temp. or contract jobs should that always be noted on resume so the short-termism isn’t perceived as job hopping?
Jen - Look at the camera! It's so much easier than actually looking one another in the eye.
Also, make sure your camera is positioned slightly above eye level and ensure lighting that is as flattering as possible.
James: Would you list online courses (re: professional development) on your resume under Education? Or would that be for a cover letter, etc?
Everything else is really the same - watch the "ah's" and "um's." Don't be fearful of a pause. Silence can be uncomfortable - but OK. It can show that you are really reflecting on the question.
Katharine - resume. In the cover letter, a one sentence (maybe two) explanation of how you have filled your time, professionally, during your employment gap. I also recommend getting advice from Gail and Greg on that.
Joanna - I suffer from the same thing. Sometimes there are good reasons for what can *appear* to be job-hopping, but really isn't. Personally, I think people need to get over it - particularly boards, given the increasingly short tenure of most executives. But, that's just me. You might address that up front in a sentence in your cover letter. Let's see what Greg, and particularly Gail, have so say about that.
How often do you share the names of individuals who'll be on a panel?
Good advice, James. I am guilty of looking at myself too much when I am on webcam instead of the camera (haven't figured out how to hide self-view on Webex)
Is it okay right now to only send thank you emails, given that people are unlikely to be getting mail at their workplace to receive a then you card?
Sure. I'd love to know from Greg and Gail - how do you get the list of people who will be interviewing you in advance? I can't tell you how many times (the vast majority), search committee have refused to share that with me in advance. Also, as a recruiter myself, I've had search committees refuse to let me share their names in advance with candidates. It's very frustrating. Seems lik it should be a best practice.
Katharine - yes. Deirdre - all too often those names are not shared.
Glassdoor sometimes has past interview questions people were asked at a company, that can give you an idea of potential types of questions to expect.
990 research can be useful too
Yes, Guidestar is your friend, Joanna!
Same in Virginia
Any suggestions as to where you can find up-to-date information about what can or cannot be asked in an interview in each State?
Mmmm possibly your state attorney general's office? While I agree with Greg and Gail, I can tell you that you will still be asked the questions - regularly - and while your refusal to answer (because you legally don't have to) should not be held against you, all bets are off. They rely on the fact that folks won't actually go to the expense and time to pursue the issue. :-/
please slow down on the slides, I can't keep up with my notes
Greg will circulate them after the session, Olivia.
Hey Olivia, the slides are usually available afterwards!
Relax and listen
I like how you circle back to the ten year time period...
Greg, was this an answer you gave live orally or in a written response to a prompt?
That level of detail makes sense in a written interview, but would that level of quantifiable impact be expected conversationally?
Joanna - absolutely.
It makes all the difference.
Have those numbers memorized!
Wow… guess I need index cards lol
Would you actually pullout a 3 x 5 card?
It will eventually become rote.
No. I'm being serious. Memorize a few of your numbers.
That's the "handful of stars" that Greg is talking about right now.
Do not LITERALLY have cards that you pull out.
It clicks or it doesn't.
Indeed, Greg. Always have fabulous accessories, less is more, and tone down the fragrances.
And, I might add … if the search committee can't address your questions (within reason) that should be a red flag for you.
How many holidays?
And definitely not - do you offer flex time?
if you have gone through the filtering process of a phone interview, an in person, and a panel interview and you do not get the job, is it inappropriate to ask for feedback?
Would it be silly to actually take notes? I’m anxious in interviews and may forget something later on...
How long is the right amount of time to ask questions? In a few interviews, the panelists have said, "This concludes the formal part of the interview and now you have the opportunity to ask questions." -- and then they stop taking notes, and send cues with their body language that they want to leave
Interested to hear what Greg and Gail have to say on this, Stephanie. Rarely, I have, and very discretely. When I'm on the other side of the table doing the hiring, I know I have a reaction when I see candidates do that - and it's not positive. What I'm saying here is that it's a risk. Some interviewers will view it positively. Others (like me) won't.
Jen - as a recruiter, I advise candidates to have 2-3 really good questions. That shows an appropriate amount of interest without taking too much of their valuable time.
If they are shutting down after their portion of the interview concludes that might be a message that they aren't very interested - or maybe they are - but their behavior certainly isn't demonstrating that. Ask yourself if those folks / that organization - is somewhere you want to work?
Interviewing well takes a lot of practice
Marta Maria Peinador
In UK you can ask for feedback to know what you can improve
Is it appropriate to ask for feedback?
Marta Maria Peinador
What about USA?
Whenever I ask for feedback, I never, ever get any kind of answer.
Exactly, Marta. I was there for 6 years.
Thanks, Gail. so empowering...
1 door closes and another one opens.
Indeed: the "why didn't you pick me" question will only lead to pain.
Marta Maria Peinador
Yes always being correct asking what you can improve and after receiving the e-mail ,telling you were not selected
VAM used to offer practice interviews to their membership
Nice to "see" you Gail!
Edson Armando Méndez Albavera
Thank you so much Gail and Greg, amaizing!
Marta Maria Peinador
Thanks for your inspiring ideas Greg and Gail!
What would be a suitable length for an interview?
Thanks, Greg, for organizing and facilitating this excellent series and for collaborating with VAM and the other organizations involved.
This session has been extremely helpful..thanks
what happens when you prepare as much as you can but then you freeze during the interview? This happens to me constantly.
I know the feeling, Angela..
Always good to hear and learn of insights from seasoned veterans. Thanks so much and see you all on the other side:)
If your professional experience is from long ago but you have done volunteer work that might relate to the job should you seek to answer questions from your professional work or more recent volunteer work?
Yes.. see everyone..soon
Alisa - as a recruiter I personally value those experiences equally.
Thank you so much Greg for an amazing series of webinar is a shame had come to an end.
Any tips for recomposing yourself after you’ve received a curveball question?
should STARs include info that is also in resume or cover letter?
Can you review what should be in the leave behind "tool kit"?
Katharine - STARs by their very nature should be reflected in your cover letter and resume, so, in short, yes.
In what situation should you list your PT work after leaving a FT job? Especially in this pandemic time?
Marta Maria Peinador
I think in case of gaps when you are looking for a job the best thing you can do is training voluntering in the museum field so you always can say you have being doing something
This series has been so helpful in refocusing as duties change with staff cuts. Thanks Greg and Gail!
Erin - List anything that appropriately fills the "gap."
All the best to everyone!
Marta Maria Peinador
or maybe you stop because you have a child and you can say you were having a great responsability taking care, house administration, managing a reform at home
What is the best way to address required job skills that you have very little experience with but what to expand upon and master in your new position?
Regarding curveball questions and other awkward moments, I would say don't be afraid to be human. Stay composed, but just be authentic.
My gaps are due to having to move for my spouse's appointments (clergy). How do I address the gap without tipping into the personal questions side of things?
Is it okay to take notes during the interview?
Thank you, Greg, Gail, and, yes, James too!
This has been such a great series! Thank you Greg, and everyone!
Laura - hopefully, Greg will answer that one as well. I did above in the chat. The answer is - tread lightly. Some interviewers don't mind it. Other interviewers (me as an example) - do.
Ceanna Van Eaton
Thank you so much!
Thank you so much for this series, Greg, and thank you to everyone in the chat box who have been so kind in giving me advice!
Excellent series! thank you so much!