Today I was chosen to answer a call from a friend who is scheduled to attend the final round interview with VP. I am grateful to him as this allowed me to remember all I was asked during my interviews.
Here are a list of them :
Introduction : This was levels ahead of the introduction about me , shared so far in the other rounds. The VP wanted to know an outline , with turning points of my career and what did I add to the firm with it. Areas of operation needs to be shared with a complete alignment to the details of the role.
Managing escalations: Here the focus remained on maturity and knowledge while managing the top few escalations. The first area was problem identification, second was informing my reporting leaders, with an action plan to deal with it and suggesting solution. Third was implementation and constant communication with all the respective authorities , through proper channels. Final was reconciliation and restoration after the incident, with report generation. These were to be supported with specific incidents and names of the managers I worked along.
Failures and learning: Every leader have their own parameters to measure potential. They identify the strengths during the discussion. Its mostly about the fitment to the greater picture, that is visible to them from the top. They know how much the role have it in to offer them. They even understand the emotional and intellectual quotient of the other business leaders and reporting managers to this role. Hence, they weigh the capabilities in comparison to these functions. Here, its essential to remain genuine and humble. Being earnest and honest is the key to clear this part of the interview. Share what you failed at, how you worked on your learning and how it help you succeed. Remain non-defensive and avoid playing the victim at every cost. Share he reference to the leaders with name and contact, if required, who have been sponsors to your growth.
Compensation: This area is entirely the deal breaker. Identify how much you need the role. Stay clear of your vision to the employment with the firm and share this during the interview. Trust the firm to offer you the salary which will keep you motivated in the job and say this during the discussion. Any amount of money would not be enough for your living, until and unless, you have figured how to deal with it. Leave the onus entirely to the firm, to offer you best compensation that they find you eligible for. If at all you have a dire need to quote an amount, please do it earnestly. Share why are you worth your money and how would you contribute to the revenue , with numbers and specific details.
Growth: You own your growth. So share your vision to grow with the role as required. Suggest the certification or education that you would consider taking which would allow you to offer greater value at the role your are being hired for. Offer to work in different roles with the scope of your job, which will allow you to contribute with what you have done so far and grow within it at the same point of time. Ask well thought questions about the role, as it will show your pro-activeness and knowledge toward what you have already learnt.
Request for feedback : This would seal the interview. Ask the VP about what is his vision towards the role. How does he see this role functioning for the next quarter and financial year? What would he want you to learn and add to your strengths, before you take up this role? Request for a long-term view to the career path that you are trying to carve for yourself. Look up in the internet and learn as much as you can about his career, interests and achievements. This would help you to align your thoughts to his words and understand him better.
Most importantly remain honest. There are no secondary to experience that is gained through effort, which is your greatest strength. Avoid acting smart or shaming. Leaders at the top have high emotional intelligence and can see through people easily.
Please share what were the questions that you were asked. We wish to know your learning through them.
Well when I look back to my past and try to discover the things like questions what I have been asked during my interviews, found many strange questions.
I still remember the few of them which are
What lesson did you learn from your Seniors/Boss or say something about them in few words?
What have been your most satisfying/disappointing experiences or when were you last angry at work and what was the outcome?
What was in your mind before this Interview?
Do you feel that you have top managerial potential?
These questions I still remember bcz what I believe is QUESTIONS always create DISCOVERY and CURIOSITY to learn something new every time/every minute. I don’t remember what my answers were actually to my interviewers but have learnt many things from these in my life.
For example: The answer of very question about learning/experience from Ex BOSS/Senior, I portrayed my First Boss to one interviewer in actually what I still feel for him. This question made me realize what he has done for me and for my life bcz I have learned many things from him.
Let me share something about him. Mr. Verma, EX-Wing Commander (Sr GM -P&A), a great personality who was used to say that there are lot more things to learn from every single minute of life but one just needs to be a Good Student/ Learner. What we thinks, what we do, what we feel, on what, why and how we react are all a teacher and ready to teach us many things of life. The best question he used to ask “ARE YOU A GOOD STUDENT/ A LERNER?” and I today I proudly say “I AM A STUDENT, A LEARNER” , and am doing the same.
I still remember his style and nature of work, his discipline and a very strong and positive attitude to handle the work /situation, a different approach to look the things are surrounding us and “Always Ready To Help” nature always inspire me. Many times I got irritated initially and his style bothered me a lot but today I know what these things and his tight behavior have done for me and still matters to me. What he has taught me and the time I have spent with him is just like a GOLDEN PERIOD for me and can’t forget it too. Another thing he used to say “It doesn’t matter how smart you are because people will take hard work over anything in the real world”
Lolxx I lost my way ….well coming back to the topic, interview question are not just question which is going to be asked by any interviewer but create a change to discover ourselves. Students have an EXAMINATION option in their life likewise interview questions plays the role for us in our career life
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