Anonymous User wrote:
hiima3L wrote:The people we've ended up hiring, however, have uniformly impressed everyone a lot. (E.g., we hired a woman who, within 5-10 mins, had convinced all of us she was the one to hire. It was between her and one other close candidate, but she said one or two things that really sold the deal.)
What did she say if you don't mind being asking?
Also, while I have your attention, when your firm interviews people, do you try to get a sense of whether the person shares the same values as the firm? I'm beginning to wonder if I'm not selling this "we share the same goals/values" bit hard enough and maybe focusing too much on "I'm a worker bee eager to learn" bit.
I work for the guvmint, so I can't answer your firm-specific question. But for any job you need to show a demonstrated interest in what the employer does. It needs to be as specific as possible. It is very easy to figure out if someone doesn't really understand or care what your office/employer does and is just mildly interested in the job.
Without getting too specific (and outing myself), the woman we hired engaged us in a discussion about something from our office that had recently happened, which made it clear she had actually looked into a specific, concrete thing we did and could talk about it competently. No other candidate had done that.
Conversely, the one guy we all thought looked the best on paper ended up completely blowing the interview. The first question my boss asked was, "Why do you want to work here?" He couldn't articulate an answer. He just kind of rambled on about vague legal issues that our office dealt with. Within a few minutes, his answers made it clear he was not the one for the job.