Know Your Interviewer
I recently went through an interview cycle where I was essentially a “C” in the RACI scheme. The role was a program manager on the business team, and I would be one of the primary interfaces from the technology team to assist in analysis, consultation and getting things done. Just as a side note, I think it’s great that the business and technology teams involve one another in the hiring process since our success really is tied together.
Back to the story – I had already interviewed a few people, and there were some people that might have been a good fit, but none were just blowing my doors off. Then, I interviewed one person who had found my Linked In profile and website and knew a lot about me. It took him a total of 5 minutes, and really won me over in the interview.
Why? Normally, I’m looking at someone’s past experience to dig in, ask questions, etc. If the candidate knows my background, he can better shape his answers, ask questions, etc. The interview was a good give and take, and at the end of the day I knew that he was genuinely interested in the position and likely willing to go the extra mile.