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So You Want to be a Finance Director?. 10 KEYS TO UN SUCCESSFUL INTERVIEWING. And suggested Worst Interviewing Practices (WIPs) Presented by Ken Hampian. Disclaimer: Any resemblance to actual events or real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental (although ridiculously common).

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so you want to be a finance director
So You Want to be a Finance Director?


And suggested Worst Interviewing Practices (WIPs)

Presented by Ken Hampian


Disclaimer: Any resemblance to actual eventsor real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental (although ridiculously common)

five unsuccessful basics
FiveUNsuccessful Basics
  • Time Sensitivity
  • Job Interest
  • Self Interest
  • Trustworthiness, Maturity
  • Social Skills
1 time sensitivity
1. Time Sensitivity

Key: Ramble and be oblivious to time


If allowed 30 minutes for the interview, take 10 minutes to answer the first question

Use the remaining 20 minutes to challenge the panel by wandering off topic

2 job interest
2. Job Interest

Key: Convey little passion for the job, organization and community by revealing lazy interview preparation


When probed about preparation, pause, then say:

I reviewed your website and it’s very cool!

Deflect probing follow-up questions by complimenting the panel for asking probing follow-up questions

3 self interest
3. Self-Interest

Key: Demonstrate a zesty passion for your material and personal interests


Prematurely ask about compensation

Set your “work-life balance” boundaries

Special Note: Enhance these WIPs by misdirecting them to an outside interview panel

4 trustworthiness maturity
4. Trustworthiness, Maturity

Key: Hoist big red flags about judgment, loyalty, and teamwork


Take credit for everything good about your current/past jobs

Mistake, What-Have-You Learned Question?

Don’t answer it; or relate a major blunder with no redeeming lesson; or blame others

5 social skills
5. Social Skills

Key: Exude a lack of self awareness and social skills; create uncomfortable and awkward moments for the interviewers


If a natural introvert, slouch, have poor eye contact, punctuate with nervous laughter

If a natural extrovert, be extremely hilarious, flippant, cocky and share TMI

three unsuccessful strategies for the finance pro
Three UNsuccessful Strategies for the Finance Pro

6. Communication and Translation

7. Management Perspective

8. Leadership, Political Savvy

Our only problem is figuring out how to switch these

6 communication translation
6. Communication, Translation

Key: Promote your inability to communicate, translate for non-finance stakeholders (e.g. elected officials, citizens, media, staffers)


Relentlessly use jargon and acronyms during the interview (BANs, GANs, TRANS, ERAF, GAAP, LAIF, MOE, CSMFO)

Describe the Triple Flip in painstaking detail

7 management perspective
7. Management Perspective

Key: Flaunt an infatuation with numbers and things, not people and organizations


Redirect questions about relationships and goals, performance evaluation, discipline, and resource management to….

… your fond use of Excel spreadsheets

8 leadership political savvy
8. Leadership, Political Savvy

Key: Radiate a bean-counter (or finance geek) persona at all times


Exude technical obsession, coupled with…

…especially poor answers to questions about teamwork, leadership, public policy, citizen engagement, and council relations

9 nail 1 immediate post interview
9. Nail #1: Immediate Post Interview

Key: Reinforce a lack of both social skills and genuine job interest


Make an abrupt, awkward exit

Do not send a thank you letter

Be hard to reach

10 nail 2 the longer term
10. Nail #2: The Longer Term

Key: Assure that you will never be invited back; learn nothing from the experience


Call, complain about not being selected; point out their big, regrettable mistake

Donot ask how you could have done better!