Interview Help ' Dicuss possible scenarios'

Any advice from fellow runners?

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27/03/2014 at 08:47

Hi, I received an interview offer for this afternoon on Tuesday pm by email. Only 48 hours notice so no real time to prepare (& I was away on Tuesday, so only returned to check emails at 7pm!)

Has anyone else encountered this process where you get next to no time to prepare?

Have done what I can in the time I had available to prepare but am not used to the style of interview suggested in the email (am used to an assessment test & formal questions)...apparently the interview process will consist of 'discussing different possible scenarios which may arise as part of your role' .....

Any advice on getting the CAR (Context Action Result) style across using this format of interview? I've come up with a couple of different case studies, but am worried the unusual approach to an interview will lead me to leave some key phrases out.

Role is project/IT management.

already know about the team as I'm internal member of staff but have done my homework on latest developments just in case.

Grateful for any advice - have kept this lunchtime free to finish off preparing. Talk about short notice!

27/03/2014 at 09:19

What was all that about,thank god i dont work in an office!!

27/03/2014 at 09:40

Masses of time.

Last year I had, Arrive back in country Friday

Phone call Tuesday, arranging interview for Wednesday at a Company I had never heard of

Interview Thursday

Offered Job Friday

Started at Company Monday

No wonder I feel like a spare part round here sometimes

27/03/2014 at 10:06
Well it's not an unusual approach at all and the idea is that the best candidate will not have to prepare - his/her natural response would be the one that they were looking for.
If you have done any IT PMing then you should be aware of the likely scenarios and have an answer on how you would respond. Some thoughts

Key deliverer leaves/extended sick/moves off project
Time overrun - reschedule and re-plan - extend resources
Change of requirements - get it documented - agreed by project board and then replan
27/03/2014 at 10:25

Thanks all

Having less than 48 hours to prepare is unusual I think? How would external candidates arrange interview leave at such short notice?

At least it means I have no danger of over-preparing. will go through some possible scenarios at lunchtime & then everything else will be how I compose myself at the interview itself. Need to show I really want this job.

Thanks all

Cheerful Dave    pirate
27/03/2014 at 10:34

"Key deliverer"?  WTF?  Do you mean the dogsbody that everyone relies on to do their work for them?

27/03/2014 at 10:44

I was interviewed for my current job after I'd been offered it. I'd been freelancing for the company and they wanted to give me the job, and I wanted to take it, but they had to go through the formality. That was weird.

27/03/2014 at 10:46

Key deliverer, it must be the man who brings the key to open up.

27/03/2014 at 14:07

Just wing it let your sparkling personality shine through

27/03/2014 at 14:14

I think going forward your best bet is to run it up the flagpole and see who salutes.  Hopefully you'll get buy-in.

Edited: 27/03/2014 at 14:15
27/03/2014 at 14:21


Cheerful Dave    pirate
27/03/2014 at 14:32
Peter Collins wrote (see)

I was interviewed for my current job after I'd been offered it. I'd been freelancing for the company and they wanted to give me the job, and I wanted to take it, but they had to go through the formality. That was weird.

Did you get it?

27/03/2014 at 16:53

Time to prepare! How about "I hear you're after a job in our department, you've got 10 minutes, sell yourself".

The guy was onerous cunt who'd simply been in the wrong place at the wrong time.

He had it in for me on account of an association he had in a previous company with my elder brother. At least I had my revenge. 

He asked sarcastically once, "Hows that brother of yours getting on?", I lied and told him that he'd developed a property empire and was worth £30 million.

He didn't ask again.

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
27/03/2014 at 22:31
IT PM worried about 48 hours to prepare! What do you do when a the exec want a report for an crisis meeting that's starting in an hour. Surely the jobs about planning, thinking on your feet.

I'll wage a guess that you work public sector?
Bouncing Barlist    pirate
27/03/2014 at 22:40
On a more constructive note, they'll be looking for real world examples 'what you've done' I.e. Talking through examples from the past as opposed to hypothetical examples.

They're probably l
Bouncing Barlist    pirate
27/03/2014 at 22:48
They're probably looking for you to to succinctly describe a situation/s you've encountered, describe the problem, the options and risk/cost/benefit/impact's, the option you chose and why together with the outcome.

Think about your examples so they demonstrate key skills required for the role, e.g. Planning, negotiation, managing milestones, slippage, quality, governance, suppliers, 3rd parties, conflicts etc.
27/03/2014 at 23:39

My ghod, is this for a £1,000,000 a year salary or something? If not dude your over analysing it!  

28/03/2014 at 05:44

If you need 48 hours to prepare for a role in your own organisation, it sounds wrong for you

28/03/2014 at 08:21
Runnin man wrote (see)

If you need 48 hours to prepare for a role in your own organisation, it sounds wrong for you

Why? My organisation has hundreds of different roles. If you wanted to move to a completely different role to the one you're in you might need to do a fair bit of interview preparation.

28/03/2014 at 08:31
Nick Windsor 4 wrote (see)

It might be a way to find out what you know and don't know, could be a good selection process for a cull. I agree though you should know what goes on in your own company.

How much you know abut a certain role rather depends on the size of the company. Changing jobs in my organisation can be much the same as going to work for someone else.

And you might know the top line stuff but you wouldn't necessarily know a great deal of detail about how a particular department, or a job within that department fits into the overall targets.


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