Tuesday, October 30, 2012

How To Master Your Next Security Job Interview

Yesterday I spoke with a hiring decision maker who has requested security recruiting help.  His positions have been open for a while.  I asked the decision maker if he had identified any particular reasons why his positions have been so difficult to fill.  He said:
"I want you to deliver candidates who can directly answer questions.  If I wanted to go through an exercise of beating around the bush, I’d go on-line and replay one of the recent Presidential debates."
"Please find candidates who can listen to the questions I ask and then answer my questions instead of the questions they brought with them to the interview."
"I’d like to talk to candidates who have actually done the work they claim to have done on their resume."
I’ve been an IT Recruiter and a Security Recruiter for a long time.  There isn’t much about human nature that shocks me anymore.  What this hiring decision maker shared may come across as being blunt.  I can tell you that he wouldn’t have shared these blunt comments if he hadn’t been running into candidates who had presented themselves in this manner.
Interviewing is an art.  The most talented interviewers do the following:
·         Listen actively
·         Focus on addressing the questions they are asked rather than promoting their own agenda
·         Research the company and the interview team they’ll be interviewing with
·         Formulate and deliver a mix of business and technical questions
·         Follow up with some form of a “Thank You” following their interview
Why do I suggest that interviewing is an art?  Because successful interviewing is a mix of listening, speaking, providing focused answers, asking intelligent questions and following up.  While the content of questions and answers in an interview may be technical, the process of mastering an interview is an art.
Need help with your interviewing skills?  I'll soon be launching SecurityJobCoach.com to provide a package of services around everything related to the job search process.

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