First off I’d like to tell everyone to clean up their LinkedIn, FaceBook and Myspace accounts. These days, you can’t assume that your social media persona stays in your social circle. As a hiring manager I research every candidate I can. There have been many times I thought I found a good candidate based on their resume only to find inappropriate content in their social networking profile.
Besides that, employers are looking for candidates who come in prepared with examples ready to go. I prefer to have them walk me through behavioral situations which allows me assess their ability on how well they communicate and manage how something is done. The responses indicate a candidate’s intelligence to approach business problems with original thinking and their capacity for making a good idea become reality. A few I typically ask are:
- Walk me through a time where you had conflicting business priorities for a feature. How did you manage that process?
- Give an example of something you did that was extremely innovative
- Give an example of something you did that made clients deliriously happy