I've been dumped by ESK. She's moved on to greener pastures. I understand, intellectually, why. I knew the day would come. But, now I have to find her replacement, and such does not exist.
I'm interviewing for a new ESK (evil side kick) this week. I sent all the people who applied a fact sheet about the job/program as well as a document that would introduce them to the thought process behind the program.
I decided to interview everyone who met the minimum requirements. Even the ones I knew from their applications that they probably had no chance. I did reject a person who applied who met the minimum requirements because she didn't complete the full application (only two pages) and did not follow the directions.
Yesterday, the interview process started. And, I admit, I don't have the best attitude. In the past, interviews have been more conversational. These are much more cut and dry. I haven't tried to chat much with the candidates.
But, from just the first two interviews, I've decided that our future interns, poor dears, will get an in-service training on interviewing for a job. I will share some of our interview questions (as well as common other questions) with interns so that they can think about how they want to present themselves. I think the mistake these folks are making is that they appeared for this interview completely unprepared. As if simply walking into our office would be impression enough for us to hire them.
But, since lecturing my interns is several weeks off . . . lucky you people are gonna get the lecture.
a) if they send you a document with the application, assume they are going to expect that you read it, be familiar with it, and are willing to discuss it at the interview.
b) assume that, at some point, they will want you to describe yourself. Put some thought into how you want people to think of you as a first impression. Telling me "I'm just me" isn't enough for me to know what that means . . . since I'm just meeting you.
c) think about your future . . . where do you see yourself in 5-10 years? It isn't an insult to the person interviewing you to hear that someday you want to run for congress or you'd like to start your own non-profit with _____________ mission. I would suggest avoiding saying "I want your job" . . . some folks may find that a tad aggressive.
d) do some research about the organization. How long have they existed? What services/programs/products do they offer? Are they growing? Telling me that you know nothing about what our organization does will not impress me or inspire me to want to hire you.
e) come up with questions of your own. Ask if the position is a new one, or why the previous holder of the position left. If they provided you with documents, read over them and ask some question that indicates you read them.
I'm sure I'll be adding to this list . . . as I have several more interviews to go.