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Jun 03, 2019 18:05:09


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Brandon Wilson

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Today I had my first formal interview in over 4.5 years. The interview was for the role of configuration manager at my client. I would still remain a consultant and an employee of my company. This would be a change in my role and responsibilities for the same client I have been working with since January.

Early in my career I was not a fan of interviews. Performing in an interview is a skill that can be improved. I knew one HR director who recommended that all employees interview for a position at least once every year or even as frequently as every six months. He encouraged the behavior whether or not someone actually wanted a new job. He argued that the practice keeps you fresh. If you get an offer, it's also a way to know your value in the marketplace.

My interviewing abilities took a major leap forward when I joined the ranks of middle management and sat on the other side of the table. When you interview other people, you pick up on things right away. You know the canned answers from the genuine ones. You pick up cues from body language. You become better in an interview, yourself.

My approach to the interview today was that *I* was interviewing *THEM*. Sure if they asked me questions I'd answer them, but my goal was to get information from them about the expectations for the role. The fit must be right on both sides for it to work. 

The interview went well. It helped that I have worked with the people interviewing me, and they know my track record. This would be the potential for a year-long assignment after my current assignment ends at the end of this month. If it doesn't pan out, that's okay too. There will always be new opportunities.

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    @brandonwilson Good luck Brandon. I think one critical, but often overlooked, factor when being interviewed or carrying on any meaningful conversation is...listening. I get the sense you've mastered this ability in spades.

    Jeff Riddall avatar Jeff Riddall | Jun 04, 2019 09:14:53
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      @Rawhead You are correct! Listening is such an important skill. An interview setting is particularly challenging because usually one is focused on all the answers to the questions rather than asking questions and listening. I work continually to improve my listening ability.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jun 04, 2019 07:27:16
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    @brandonwilson All the best, Brandon.

    Santhosh Guru avatar Santhosh Guru | Jun 04, 2019 12:03:23
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      @santhoshguru Thank you sir!

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jun 04, 2019 07:27:21
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    @brandonwilson - I just talked to a new friend I met last week about an interview he just had. His background allowed him to also be smart about the information extraction -- get them talking -- listen well, it makes them feel good; heard.

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jun 03, 2019 22:31:18
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      @brianball Yes, it's always best when an interview is a conversation rather than just question--answer, question--answer.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jun 04, 2019 07:27:53
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    @brandonwilson - Awesome attitude Brandon. Interview them!!

    Keni avatar Keni | Jun 03, 2019 21:08:15
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      @keni Thank you! Here was one of the questions I asked them that made them pause for a moment. With the understanding that this is a one-year commitment, let's talk about success. Fast forward one year. It's July of 2020. Looking back over the year it has been a great success. For this role specifically, what are the success outcomes that have contributed to such a successful year?

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jun 04, 2019 07:29:42
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      @brandonwilson - Brilliant!!

      Keni avatar Keni | Jun 04, 2019 10:43:55
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