NWR- Managers, HR people ANYONE HELP! BIG Interview Thursday

posted 2 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Boxerlover24: I look for initiative, problem solving skills, awareness / understanding of what the role is. 

What do you think the job entails? What will you be doing, day to day?

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2017

First, good luck! Go in confident and not nervous.

I do a lot of interviewing (for a software company, but some basics still apply).

EVERYONE asks the same question: “Tell me about a typical day and what you do.” That is a boring question; definitely go prepared with questions, but think of ways to make them (and you!) stand out.  Something like “at my current studio my primary responsibilities are XYZ… do you think I can transfer those skills to benefit your studio?”

Ask how well they think your background is a fit for the position, and prepare any responses.

Softskills and interpersonal skills are important – they will be evaluating you as both a person and employee, so be yourself and make sure you like them as much as you expect.<br />Good luck!

 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Boxerlover24: agree with JayCie:‘s advice, though I also encourage you to paint the picture of how your past experiences connect to the organization’s needs. Shows that you can connect the dots.

Definitely check in and see if what you’re sharing resonates with the HM. Good luck!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Boxerlover24:  I would definitely have some examples of when you managed other employees, or a process, or something similar.  You want to try to show that you have the capacity to manage.  ALso, confidence is huge….try your best to psyche yourself up beforehand.  Good Luck!  Be sure to come back and update!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

i think other PPs have given great tips! one thing i always look for in any candidate is how well they know their own resume–to be more specific, is the information they give me in relation to questions i ask consistent with information they listed on their resume or did they absentmindedly print a copy without updating it? also, be prepared to have them ask if you have any questions for them; try to have a couple ready. one candidate recently that stood out to me in an interview said/asked, “i saw on your website that you not only handle XYZ at this branch, but you have several other branches and programs as well. what makes you enjoy working here? do you see room for growth within all the facets of the company?” it showed that she had looked into us, and was looking at staying power. stood out.

 

overall, be confident, and try to relax. 🙂 good luck!! update us!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

I second what MrsHalpert about researching the company. When I was a hiring manager the people that stood out were always the ones who knew the company and had specific questions relating to that. 

Also, if I was you I would be cautious about mentioning that you hate sitting behind a desk running and analysing reports. Managing teacher schedules, planning events, and managing studio functions such as retail sales and memberships sounds like a lot of sitting at a desk and running reports. Will you love it more because you are involved with something you love (yoga)? Yes. But to the hiring manager if you say you don’t like sitting at a desk they will think you’re more suited to a role in the retail shop or as a teacher, not managing the studio. It’s just something to keep in mind when you’re talking about why you want to leave your current role. 

 

Good luck! Let us know how you go 🙂

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I’d go through each skill/responsibility desired in the job description, and write out specific examples of how you have demonstrated those skills.  Be prepared to share them during the interview when relevant.  I’d caution against asking “at my current studio my primary responsibilities are XYZ… do you think I can transfer those skills to benefit your studio?”  Your job during the interview is to tell/shw them exactly how your skills can benefit the studio, so that’s something you should be prepared with, not asking them.  Don’t focus on the fact that you don’t have managerial experience.  Being a manager is basically a certain set of skills/behaviors, which you probably have demonstrated.  Focus on that. 

I love the question portion of the interview.  It shows them you are thoughtful, strategic, and prepared.  Do research on the studio and as you go, come up with a list of questions.  If nothing immediately jumps out, the questions that are always on my list (in addition to position-specific questions) are:

-How is success measured in my position?

-How would you describe the studio/office environment? (because things like collaboration are very important to me)

-How would you describe your supervisory style? (even if you’re a manager, you still report to someone)

Also, as you go through the interview, write down additional questions that you think of as they speak.  This shows you pay attention!

Post # 11
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Newbee

Show enthusiasm!  And as others have said, be sure to sell yourself and make links to your past experiences. I always ask where candidates see themselves in 5 years and more often than not their response deals with their personal life, instead of their professional life.  My favorite candidates are the ones who smile, laugh, are honest, and ask thoughtful questions.  Lastly, know that even if you nail the interview, there are often numerous other factors that you can’t control that may affect the offer.  Good luck! 

Post # 12
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Helper bee

I would make sure to have a few stories in mind that can answer the quetions that are always asked.  It is becoming more popular to ask questions along the lines of “Tell me a time when you took lead and implemented xxxx?” “If someone had a problem with your management style, what would you do?” “If someone is consistently (late, lazy, sucking at life) what would you do?”

Just general problem solving questions, but it is always better to have those stories fresh in your mind so you aren’t stumbling to come up with stories of how you are awesome.

Post # 15
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Newbee

Boxerlover24:  I work in HR and have a lot of experience in recruiting. I always think the best way to approach an interview is to look at behavioural interview questions (e.g., tell me about a time when you were overwhelmed at work, Tell me about a time when you had to manage multiple priorities, Tell me about a time when you had to deal with an unhappy customer, etc) and for each scenario think up two to three responses, and write them down. When you think of you responses, you want to think in terms of the S.T.A.R. method: the situation, the task, the action, and the result. So, what was the situation you were faced with, what did you have to acheive, what did you do about it, and how did the situation pan out? If you write these scenarios down and study them ahead of time, you’ll be less likely to get into the interview and draw a blank when you are asked the question. Also, look at the job posting (if there is one), and break it down into exactly what they are looking for, and prepare yourself to talk about how you meet those requirements. Don’t be afraid to be creative! 

Good luck and try not be nervous! 🙂 

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