Sunday, February 25, 2007

Interview Questions

One of the Blogs I read is John Reh’s About: Management. He posted an article Friday about conducting job interviews. He wrote about how to ask a question that gets to the “how/what” of a previous position. You can read it by clicking here.

Monday, February 5, 2007

Blog reading suggestions

I have written about writing and reading different Blogs in my Concordia City Hall Blog. Brian Silcott shared some of his favorites with me. I am going to add mine to the list too. Thanks Brian.

Larry’s list This reports on the current management book publications that are being released. This one is one of my favorites. It combines pod casting and Blogging. Through the past year, they have also posted copies of the tools they describe in their programs. Here is a summary of Tom’s work If you can’t read everything, the TPWire collects articles of interest and lists them so you can take a quick read. Some articles like the NY Times, need a subscription. They are free but the Wall Street Journal requires a subscription to the paper. I bought the book PowerPoint Without Bullet Points. This is the author’s site. It talks about how to improve your message by reducing the number of slides in your deck. Personal note – it works. John Reh writes short pithy commentaries. It is like reading Peter Drucker. Powerful and causes you to think. Thinking is good. This has been good in the past but the guy just retired and is writing about going to Oregon. There are some excellent articles in the archives. I read Rich Karlgaard’s book Life 2.0. Karlgaard is the editor at Forbs. Governing Magazine has been giving this space to a series of case studies and guest authors. ICMA Executive Director Bob O’Neil has contributed many times Collins was a Keynote at the 2006 ICMA Conference. Here he talks about the principles in his book Good to Great. This is from chaps in England. They have a different flavour to their spelling. It is new in my list My kids are into grammar. I sometimes call them my “grammar police.” This one is named “Grammar Girl.” I saw it referred to on It is both a Blog and a Pod Cast. (Now did I say that correct or was it correctly?)

From Brian’s list Okay, numerous book reviews, etc. regularly maintained and I like how incorporates workouts into his life. More of an advertisement but some good references that can be bird dogged on the net or infotrac with really interested Being a voracious reader I love this site A good resource one based on Deming’s philosophy but includes links galore but a lot of sigma six Very enjoyable with a lot of references A decent project management blog

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Asking good questions

I found these questions Saturday while searching one of the Blogs I read. Put them where you can remember them and make use of them the next time you do an interview.

You can ask any question you like as long as it is job-related or BFOQ (Bone Fide Occupational Question).
1. Tell me about yourself.
2. What do you know about (your organization), and why do you want to work here?
3. What skills and strengths will you bring to this job?
4. Tell me about your present job.
5. Why do you want to leave your job?
6. Tell me your strengths.
7. Tell m e what you think are your weaknesses.
8. Describe your best boss ever.
9. How would that boss describe you?
10. What is your single greatest achievement on the job?
11. How would you change your current employer to make it more successful?
12. What type of work environment do you prefer?
13. Tell me about an important decision you made and how you made it.
14. How do you handle conflict?
15. Describe what action you took in the most recent work conflict you were involved in.
16. What motivates you?
17. How do you define teamwork?
18. How do you measure up to that definition?
19. Describe the ideal employee, in terms of attendance, dedication and leadership?
20. How would you rate yourself in these areas over the past 12 months?