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Interview like a STAR! - Shared screen with speaker view
Christina Koomen
22:26
An opportunity to learn about each other.
Victoria Ellwood
22:29
A chance to really get a feel for the person beyond what they are saying in their resume
Susan Zwerling
22:30
a form of speed dating
Shaune
22:31
An interview is a chance to put yourself out there and tell more of your story than might be seen in your resume.
Katharine Kosin
22:31
Finding out whether you are a good fit and want to work there
Angela Claude
22:32
the most terrifying thing known to man
James Burns
22:34
a performance - hopefully your best. Also, ideally, an honest performance by representatives of the organization.
Hannah Powell
22:37
It should be a conversation
Stephanie Carter
22:40
A chance to ask questions.
Joanna Jennings
22:40
a dress rehearsal
Helen
22:41
An op to find out more about the position and the environment.
Joanne Grant
22:43
A way to explore if you are compatible with the job and the people you’ll be working with
Suzanne Grobbel
22:49
An audition
Deena Sasser
22:55
An opportunity to see if you match well with the organization beyond the resume.
Tisha D
22:56
a chance to see how you fit in the organization
Jen Wachtel
22:57
how candidates and employers sell themselves
Bernice Baker
23:07
Your chance to make a great impression and get a feel for company
Victoria Ellwood
23:10
To get a good feel for the company and the team too, goes both ways
Gilbey Lund
23:13
An interview is a way for an organisation to hear and see if your suitable for the job and organisation
Terry Yates
24:22
a consultation between two people to check skills, chemistry, good fit, etc.
dylanmaddox
28:16
thoughts on the gap that this pandemic may create in people’s resumes?
Jen Wachtel
28:56
thoughts on interviewing over webcam during the pandemic?
Shaune
29:17
Are small gaps due to being a freelancer/contractor a red flag to recruiters?
James Burns
29:20
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.
Joanna Jennings
29:31
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?
dylanmaddox
29:43
thanks, James!
James Burns
29:48
Jen - Look at the camera! It's so much easier than actually looking one another in the eye.
James Burns
30:22
Also, make sure your camera is positioned slightly above eye level and ensure lighting that is as flattering as possible.
Katharine Kosin
31:06
James: Would you list online courses (re: professional development) on your resume under Education? Or would that be for a cover letter, etc?
James Burns
31:24
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.
James Burns
32:17
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.
James Burns
33:51
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.
Joanna Jennings
34:39
Thanks, James!
Deirdre Araujo
35:04
How often do you share the names of individuals who'll be on a panel?
Jen Wachtel
35:48
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)
Katharine Kosin
35:53
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?
James Burns
35:55
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.
James Burns
37:15
Katharine - yes. Deirdre - all too often those names are not shared.
Katharine Kosin
41:59
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.
Joanna Jennings
42:17
990 research can be useful too
James Burns
42:32
Yes, Guidestar is your friend, Joanna!
Helen
44:28
Same in Virginia
Hannah Gaston
45:51
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?
James Burns
48:04
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. :-/
Olivia Lacher
49:46
please slow down on the slides, I can't keep up with my notes
James Burns
50:20
Greg will circulate them after the session, Olivia.
Hannah Gaston
50:25
Hey Olivia, the slides are usually available afterwards!
Helen
50:36
Relax and listen
Helen
58:29
I like how you circle back to the ten year time period...
Jen Wachtel
59:19
Greg, was this an answer you gave live orally or in a written response to a prompt?
Joanna Jennings
59:41
That level of detail makes sense in a written interview, but would that level of quantifiable impact be expected conversationally?
James Burns
59:58
Joanna - absolutely.
James Burns
01:00:02
It makes all the difference.
James Burns
01:00:07
Have those numbers memorized!
Joanna Jennings
01:00:31
Wow… guess I need index cards lol
Bernice Baker
01:01:06
Would you actually pullout a 3 x 5 card?
James Burns
01:01:12
It will eventually become rote.
James Burns
01:01:26
No. I'm being serious. Memorize a few of your numbers.
James Burns
01:01:38
That's the "handful of stars" that Greg is talking about right now.
James Burns
01:01:46
Do not LITERALLY have cards that you pull out.
James Burns
01:02:32
It clicks or it doesn't.
James Burns
01:04:17
Indeed, Greg. Always have fabulous accessories, less is more, and tone down the fragrances.
James Burns
01:06:20
And, I might add … if the search committee can't address your questions (within reason) that should be a red flag for you.
Helen
01:07:27
How many holidays?
James Burns
01:07:58
And definitely not - do you offer flex time?
dylanmaddox
01:08:48
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?
Stephanie Carter
01:08:55
Would it be silly to actually take notes? I’m anxious in interviews and may forget something later on...
Jen Wachtel
01:10:47
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
James Burns
01:10:55
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.
James Burns
01:11:40
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.
James Burns
01:12:27
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?
Helen
01:14:15
Interviewing well takes a lot of practice
Marta Maria Peinador
01:14:51
In UK you can ask for feedback to know what you can improve
Stephanie Carter
01:14:56
Is it appropriate to ask for feedback?
Marta Maria Peinador
01:15:00
What about USA?
Jen Wachtel
01:15:11
Whenever I ask for feedback, I never, ever get any kind of answer.
Stephanie Carter
01:15:17
Exactly, Marta. I was there for 6 years.
Jennie Chaplin
01:15:49
Thanks, Gail. so empowering...
Helen
01:15:51
1 door closes and another one opens.
Joanna Jennings
01:16:12
Totally, Helen!
James Burns
01:16:17
Indeed: the "why didn't you pick me" question will only lead to pain.
Marta Maria Peinador
01:16:30
Yes always being correct asking what you can improve and after receiving the e-mail ,telling you were not selected
Joanna Jennings
01:17:13
VAM used to offer practice interviews to their membership
James Burns
01:17:31
Nice to "see" you Gail!
Deirdre Araujo
01:17:51
Thank you!
Edson Armando Méndez Albavera
01:18:13
Thank you so much Gail and Greg, amaizing!
Marta Maria Peinador
01:18:41
Thanks for your inspiring ideas Greg and Gail!
Gilbey Lund
01:19:00
What would be a suitable length for an interview?
Kim Frola
01:19:02
Thanks, Greg, for organizing and facilitating this excellent series and for collaborating with VAM and the other organizations involved.
Jennie Chaplin
01:19:22
This session has been extremely helpful..thanks
Angela Claude
01:19:47
what happens when you prepare as much as you can but then you freeze during the interview? This happens to me constantly.
Jennie Chaplin
01:20:12
I know the feeling, Angela..
Helen
01:20:24
Always good to hear and learn of insights from seasoned veterans. Thanks so much and see you all on the other side:)
dylanmaddox
01:20:30
Thank you!
Alisa Goetz
01:20:40
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?
Jennie Chaplin
01:20:48
Yes.. see everyone..soon
James Burns
01:21:16
Alisa - as a recruiter I personally value those experiences equally.
Gilbey Lund
01:21:25
Thank you so much Greg for an amazing series of webinar is a shame had come to an end.
Helen
01:21:31
Right-o!
Jennie Chaplin
01:21:37
Ditto
Joanna Jennings
01:22:01
Any tips for recomposing yourself after you’ve received a curveball question?
Katharine Stewart
01:22:16
should STARs include info that is also in resume or cover letter?
Amy Ritchie
01:22:31
Can you review what should be in the leave behind "tool kit"?
James Burns
01:22:59
Katharine - STARs by their very nature should be reflected in your cover letter and resume, so, in short, yes.
Erin
01:24:06
In what situation should you list your PT work after leaving a FT job? Especially in this pandemic time?
Marta Maria Peinador
01:24:10
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
Bernice Baker
01:24:59
This series has been so helpful in refocusing as duties change with staff cuts. Thanks Greg and Gail!
James Burns
01:25:07
Erin - List anything that appropriately fills the "gap."
Bernice Baker
01:25:17
All the best to everyone!
James Burns
01:25:24
Agreed, Marta.
Marta Maria Peinador
01:25:47
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
Andy Gabrysiak
01:25:53
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?
Christina Koomen
01:26:40
Regarding curveball questions and other awkward moments, I would say don't be afraid to be human. Stay composed, but just be authentic.
Deena Sasser
01:27:27
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?
Laura Yakulis
01:28:48
Is it okay to take notes during the interview?
Joanna Jennings
01:28:59
Thank you, Greg, Gail, and, yes, James too!
Christina Koomen
01:29:32
This has been such a great series! Thank you Greg, and everyone!
James Burns
01:29:33
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
01:29:41
Thank you so much!
Shaune
01:29:43
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!
Katharine Stewart
01:29:50
Excellent series! thank you so much!