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Think IT OMG Meeting 10/19/12. Interviewing Principles From Both Sides of the Fence. Facilitator: Richard Walker, Chairman of Think IT, CGO & Partner at York Solutions. Think IT OMG Group.

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think it omg meeting 10 19 12

Think IT OMG Meeting 10/19/12

Interviewing Principles From Both Sides of the Fence

Facilitator: Richard Walker, Chairman of Think IT, CGO & Partner at York Solutions

think it omg group
Think IT OMG Group
  • Think IT Opportunity Management Group (OMG) is an in-person, roundtable based discussion networking group designed for IT leaders at all levels that are "in transition" and senior IT leaders that are currently employed and possibly hiring.
  • Think IT Association was founded in 2009 and currently has over 1,000 members in 6 different groups. Each group meets on a monthly or bi-monthly basis in an informal, roundtable format with a different leader from the group facilitating each session.
  • Mission: “To foster professional growth and development through the power of networking and collaboration.”
think it news and announcements
Think IT News and Announcements
  • Think IT Website –
    • Interested in blogging? Email
  • Mentorship Program- Visit our website to apply to be a mentor and/or a mentee
  • Think IT has surpassed the 1,000member mark!
    • Thank you to all who have helped build our community!
    • Tell your co-workers/peers to apply for membership!
  • We’re Social!
    • Like us on Facebook-Think IT: Peer-to-Peer Professional Development
    • Follow us on Twitter - @ThinkIT_P2P
    • Follow our company page on LinkedIn
    • Join us on Google + Think IT: Peer-to-Peer Professional Development
think it upcoming meetings
Think IT Upcoming Meetings
  • Next OMG Meeting – Friday, November 16th
    • Topic – TBA
    • Facilitator - Richard Walker, CGO at York Solutions
  • Quarterly Event – Friday, November 2nd
    • Topic – The Essence of A.R.T.ful Leadership
    • Facilitator – Larry Nordhagen, Pinnacle Performance
  • Form small groups
  • Discuss the questions on the next 2 slides with your group
  • List your answers on the sheet
    • One list for Interviewees
    • One list for Interviewers
  • What are the most memorable questions you’ve been asked in an interview?
  • Why were they memorable?
    • Strange?
    • Unique?
    • Interesting?

Interviewee Questions to Consider

  • What are some pre-interview preparation do’s and don’ts?
  • What are the most important considerations for the first 5 minutes of the interview?
  • What do you ask the interviewer? And When?
  • Come up with a list of “loaded” questions you might be asked (give recent examples)

Interviewer Questions to Consider

  • What are the questions that will weed out the “the pretenders”?
  • For the ones that you don’t weed out right away, create a list of follow up questions!
  • How do I determine if I really want this person on my team?
just the facts about interviewing
Just the Facts About Interviewing

First Impressions

  • 33% of bosses said they know within the first 90 seconds whether they will hire someone


  • 47% say having little or no knowledge of the company is the most common mistake


  • 67%of interviewees fail to make eye contact
  • 38% of interviewees don’t smile enough

- Survey of 2,000 bosses

5 most common interview questions
5 Most Common Interview Questions

5. Tell me about your experience at ____

4. Why do you want to work for us?

3. What do you know about our company?

2. Why did you leave your last job?

1. Tell me about yourself

oddest interview questions of 2011
Oddest Interview Questions of 2011
  • “How many people are using Facebook in San Francisco at 2:30pm on a Friday?” – Asked at Google.
  • “If Germans were the tallest people in the world, how would you prove it?” – Asked at Hewlett-Packard.
  • “Would Mahatma Gandhi have made a good software engineer?” – Asked at Deloitte.
oddest interview questions of 20111
Oddest Interview Questions of 2011

“How would you cure world hunger?” – Asked at

“Does life fascinate you?” – Asked at Ernst & Young.

“Name 5 uses of a stapler without staple pins.” – Asked at EvaluServe.

“If you could be a superhero, what power would you possess?” – Asked at Rain and Hail Insurance.

“If you were a Microsoft Office program, which one would you be?” – Asked at Summit Racing Equipment.

Is Amazon interviewing Miss Michigan or a Software Engineer?

tips for preparing for an interview
Tips for preparing for an interview
  • Interviewees: Check The Company’s Twitter!
  • Presumably you've done your due diligence prior to heading to your interview. On your way in, tap on Twitter and the company's website one last time to see if there is any company breaking news you might be able to relevantly reference. It’ll make you seem interested, informed and help you stand out from other candidates
      • -Meryl Weinsaft Cooper, co-author of Be Your Own Best Publicist: Using PR Skills to Get Noticed, Hired and Rewarded At Work
  • Interviewers: Don’t forget about the soft skills!
  •  There may be a dozen candidates who meet the job’s technical criteria, and only by considering the job’s soft skills can interviewers decide between otherwise equally qualified candidates.  

Four Key Soft Skills

additional resources for interviewing
Additional Resources for Interviewing
  • The 50 Toughest Interview Questions to Ask or Answer
  • How to Improve Your Hiring Practices
  • Power Interviewing: Questions that Extract Candidate Skills and Capabilities
  • 88 Surefire Job Interview Tips
thank you
Thank You!
  • Thank you for attending!
  • Thank you to Medica for hosting!
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