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    Good Morning All,

    As you may of gathered I have an interview later today and was just wondering if anyone had any questions they think I should be asking in the interview?

    I have quite a few wrote down but I always seem to think or more after I come out of the interview (When its too late!)

    Any help would be greatly appreciated

    Cheers
    Dan

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    i don't know what sort of job you are going for, but i would always ask about the training and support structure in place in the company (i.e. what training is available and when in the job, what support is available for you if you start to struggle or require retraining). i feel this says that you have every confidence in yourself to do the job, but that you are a strong enough person to ask for help when you need it.

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    PapaSmurf;1831012

    i don't know what sort of job you are going for, but i would always ask … i don't know what sort of job you are going for, but i would always ask about the training and support structure in place in the company (i.e. what training is available and when in the job, what support is available for you if you start to struggle or require retraining). i feel this says that you have every confidence in yourself to do the job, but that you are a strong enough person to ask for help when you need it.



    Excellent advice, thank you very much.

    The position is classed as "Technical Operations Consultant"

    Basically it is working with customers to set up and test DR solutions (Disaster Recovery) aswell as a basic involvment of running with projects of others and managing my own projects dependant on complexity.

    Obviously about career progression prospects, too.
    On-the-job and formal training - perhaps qualifications
    If the company is large, ask about global movement

    As papasmurf said, it's hard to give ideas unless you provide info about the company and the type of job you are going for. The questions you'd ask if you were being interviewed for the role of brain surgeon are very different to those you'd ask if you are applying for a mcjob

    !

    so perhaps ask about the possibility of doing training to improve your proj management skills - or maybe management skills as a whole (eg via an OU course)

    I think you should pitch your questions to show that you are comitted (hence long term training Q), capable (perhaps ask about the possibility of expanding into a team mgt role?), and mobile (if true, and useful to the company).

    goss.man;1831030

    Basically it is working with customers to set up and test DR solutions … Basically it is working with customers to set up and test DR solutions (Disaster Recovery) aswell as a basic involvment of running with projects of others and managing my own projects dependant on complexity.


    i would then be asking what contact with key stakeholders will be required and how often (stakeholder being whoever you are working for, or in partnership with). i mean, would you effectively be working for the customer, like a subcontractor, working for the customer for the duration of the project, or would you be following a set business model, working for the company, looking to deliver results for the customer, parrallel and in conjunction with the business needs?
    do you report to the company throughout the project and the customer only at the end? or are you in contact with the customer throughout and only minimal contact witht the company.
    your own projects - are these company projects given to you to work on for the company rather than a project for a customer? or are they where you identify areas for improvement and create a project to ratify issues and implement resolutions in these areas?
    do you have to follow set company project guidelines? or are you able to set your own micro-deadlines? do you follow GANTT model for projects? are you free to negotiate deadlines and updates with customers yourself, or do you have to work within (sometimes restrictive) company deadlines?
    the support you have available - are there regular meetings to discuss progress with your line manager? do you have a team working for you / with you? what company resources are available for you to utilise? are you able to source and use external resources?

    These are all the questions i would be asking, but then again, they may have all been answered within the job specs.

    I find these sites helpful to help me organise my own projects - ]BusinessBalls and ]ProjectAgency

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    melissab;1831158

    so perhaps ask about the possibility of doing training to improve your … so perhaps ask about the possibility of doing training to improve your proj management skills - or maybe management skills as a whole (eg via an OU course)I think you should pitch your questions to show that you are comitted (hence long term training Q), capable (perhaps ask about the possibility of expanding into a team mgt role?), and mobile (if true, and useful to the company).



    I think I will try aiming for the PRINCE certifications for Project Management, that seems to be the industry recognised one these days.

    I think the role initially is basically being the person who gets work from the Project manager when he is overloaded. If i was to get the job until I settled in I assume I would just be extra resource for him.

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    PapaSmurf;1831181

    i would then be asking what contact with key stakeholders will be … i would then be asking what contact with key stakeholders will be required and how often (stakeholder being whoever you are working for, or in partnership with). i mean, would you effectively be working for the customer, like a subcontractor, working for the customer for the duration of the project, or would you be following a set business model, working for the company, looking to deliver results for the customer, parrallel and in conjunction with the business needs? do you report to the company throughout the project and the customer only at the end? or are you in contact with the customer throughout and only minimal contact witht the company.your own projects - are these company projects given to you to work on for the company rather than a project for a customer? or are they where you identify areas for improvement and create a project to ratify issues and implement resolutions in these areas?do you have to follow set company project guidelines? or are you able to set your own micro-deadlines? do you follow GANTT model for projects? are you free to negotiate deadlines and updates with customers yourself, or do you have to work within (sometimes restrictive) company deadlines?the support you have available - are there regular meetings to discuss progress with your line manager? do you have a team working for you / with you? what company resources are available for you to utilise? are you able to source and use external resources?These are all the questions i would be asking, but then again, they may have all been answered within the job specs.I find these sites helpful to help me organise my own projects - ]BusinessBalls and ]ProjectAgency



    What do you do PapaSmurf? If you dont mind me asking, sounds like you are quite clued up, wondered if you had any jobs going :thumbsup:

    i work in recruitment and my killer question is.... at the end of the interview (if you feel it has gone well and you have got on alright with the person) say thank you very much for your time do you mind me asking do you have any reservations about myself.... that way then if they think or have a reservation about you hopefully they will say it like for example.... you have not done such and such and then you can give them a comeback quesiton and answer any doubts they have, this way leaving the interview with hopefully no reservations. i hope when typing it it makes sense,as i do just sometimes ramble things down lol. very good luck, be confident remember eye contact and if 2 people are interveiwing you always remember to look at both when answering questions, and always arrive 15 mins early... have you researched the company i.e how long they been established how many offices they have, and they vision etc, as again this shows an intreest in the compnay.

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    keli;1831299

    i work in recruitment and my killer question is.... at the end of the … i work in recruitment and my killer question is.... at the end of the interview (if you feel it has gone well and you have got on alright with the person) say thank you very much for your time do you mind me asking do you have any reservations about myself.... that way then if they think or have a reservation about you hopefully they will say it like for example.... you have not done such and such and then you can give them a comeback quesiton and answer any doubts they have, this way leaving the interview with hopefully no reservations. i hope when typing it it makes sense,as i do just sometimes ramble things down lol. very good luck, be confident remember eye contact and if 2 people are interveiwing you always remember to look at both when answering questions, and always arrive 15 mins early... have you researched the company i.e how long they been established how many offices they have, and they vision etc, as again this shows an intreest in the compnay.



    Hi, Thanks for the response.

    Someone else told me to do that aswell, I tend to lack confidence and feel a bit pressured because I havent had many interviews and then all rational thoughts leave my brain and I forget things :oops:

    I know there will be 2 people interviewing me, I will be heading there an hour early even though the place is 5 minutes away and I will just stop on the road next to the business just to make sure I dont get stuck in traffic or anything and turn up late.

    Company was established in 1969 has over 6000 staff and operates in 46 countries with over 100 offices across 5 continents. Big Company

    goss.man;1831447

    Hi, Thanks for the response.Someone else told me to do that aswell, I … Hi, Thanks for the response.Someone else told me to do that aswell, I tend to lack confidence and feel a bit pressured because I havent had many interviews and then all rational thoughts leave my brain and I forget things :oops:I know there will be 2 people interviewing me, I will be heading there an hour early even though the place is 5 minutes away and I will just stop on the road next to the business just to make sure I dont get stuck in traffic or anything and turn up late.Company was established in 1969 has over 6000 staff and operates in 46 countries with over 100 offices across 5 continents. Big Company



    wow you know your stuff on the company thats good, see you dont need to know everything as you dont work their yet. with regards to your confidence if ever they ask you a question about something you havent done reply with i havent come accross that but i would solve it, tackle it, do it this way... then give your example, after all you will have or will be asking the quesiton about training so you never profess to know it all anyways. as for the reservation question, it works for some and others hate it but it depends on how comfortable you feel about it as it is a forthcoming question and if the interviewee did come back to you with a reservation and you didnt feel confident to answer it then the question would serioulsy backfire, but if she/he did mention a reservation about something you havent done you could always give the example of what you would do. again best of luck

    goss.man;1831278

    What do you do PapaSmurf? If you dont mind me asking, sounds like you are … What do you do PapaSmurf? If you dont mind me asking, sounds like you are quite clued up, wondered if you had any jobs going :thumbsup:



    i am a regional manager, but am moving jobs within the company. I have done work on projects in my current role (hence GANTT), but am looking for another job myself, so I have been swotting up on interview techniques!

    and no, you can't have my old job - it's gone to someone else already!!!

    let me know how you got on please!

    Goss.man please let have the update on your interview.

    forgot to say 'good luck' !!

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    keli;1831707

    wow you know your stuff on the company thats good, see you dont need to … wow you know your stuff on the company thats good, see you dont need to know everything as you dont work their yet. with regards to your confidence if ever they ask you a question about something you havent done reply with i havent come accross that but i would solve it, tackle it, do it this way... then give your example, after all you will have or will be asking the quesiton about training so you never profess to know it all anyways. as for the reservation question, it works for some and others hate it but it depends on how comfortable you feel about it as it is a forthcoming question and if the interviewee did come back to you with a reservation and you didnt feel confident to answer it then the question would serioulsy backfire, but if she/he did mention a reservation about something you havent done you could always give the example of what you would do. again best of luck



    PapaSmurf;1832008

    i am a regional manager, but am moving jobs within the company. I have … i am a regional manager, but am moving jobs within the company. I have done work on projects in my current role (hence GANTT), but am looking for another job myself, so I have been swotting up on interview techniques! and no, you can't have my old job - it's gone to someone else already!!!let me know how you got on please!



    saayinla;1832633

    Goss.man please let have the update on your interview.



    melissab;1833032

    forgot to say 'good luck' !!



    Hi All,

    Just had the interview and I think everything went well got rattled a bit by some of the give me an example questions but I think everything went ok.... Just wait to see what happens next.

    Thanks for all your help and advice.

    Dan

    good luck with the result, Dan

    If they hire you, great
    If they don't, they smell of poo and were probably a cack company anyway :thumbsup:

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    melissab;1835539

    good luck with the result, DanIf they hire you, greatIf they don't, they … good luck with the result, DanIf they hire you, greatIf they don't, they smell of poo and were probably a cack company anyway :thumbsup:



    Hi,

    I have had some feedback from the company and it seems they have got down to 2 candidates 1 being myself.

    The feedback I got said they would like a second interview with me because they cannot decide between the 2 of us.

    The positives for me where that my technical ability and proof of work was really good however my interview skills were not as good as the other candidate based on how I put communication skills put across to them.

    The positives for the other person was that they had a really good interview and really proved their communication skills yet their technical ability is not on par with mine.

    They got the impression I was not prepared with answering the questions they asked me (giving examples etc).

    Does anyone have any tips to help me with this for the 2nd interview? I find it really hard to prepare answers to questions you dont yet know.

    Cheers

    Dan

    goss.man;1855575

    Hi,I have had some feedback from the company and it seems they have got … Hi,I have had some feedback from the company and it seems they have got down to 2 candidates 1 being myself. The feedback I got said they would like a second interview with me because they cannot decide between the 2 of us. The positives for me where that my technical ability and proof of work was really good however my interview skills were not as good as the other candidate based on how I put communication skills put across to them.The positives for the other person was that they had a really good interview and really proved their communication skills yet their technical ability is not on par with mine.They got the impression I was not prepared with answering the questions they asked me (giving examples etc).Does anyone have any tips to help me with this for the 2nd interview? I find it really hard to prepare answers to questions you dont yet know.CheersDan



    remember what i said before when giving answers to example questions if you have never done the thing they are asking you always give an example of how you would do it or deal with it. myself personally i would rather go for the experienced person who cares if the other guys communication skills are better, some people just dont do interviews very well.

    never answer a question with a yes or no, always elaborate so for example if he says have you ever used ..... database, your response would be yes i used it when at ...... part of my job was to monitor and maintain the database it involved...................... - the key is though dont ramble for to long but always give an example where possible. whens the 2nd interveiw, it is good the guy gave you feedback that detailed.

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    keli;1855945

    never answer a question with a yes or no, always elaborate so for example … never answer a question with a yes or no, always elaborate so for example if he says have you ever used ..... database, your response would be yes i used it when at ...... part of my job was to monitor and maintain the database it involved...................... - the key is though dont ramble for to long but always give an example where possible. whens the 2nd interveiw, it is good the guy gave you feedback that detailed.



    Hiya,

    I haven't had a date yet so not sure when the second one is. I think the main problem I have is that I naturally have a really bad memory but when put on the spot to answer a question about something I have done I am even worse and instantly forget everything I have done and could use as an example.

    If I had the questions up front I could rack my brains and review my appraisals etc to come up with relevant examples.... but thats not going to happen.

    Cheers
    Dan

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