Thursday, January 30, 2014

Don’t Make This Interview Mistake



The next time you interview, make sure you stay focused on the job you’re interviewing for at the moment.  I once had a Director level information security candidate from a $2 Billion dollar company interview for a Director level role in a $10 Billion dollar company.

The candidate fit the $10 Billion dollar company requirements very closely and the move he was considering would have been a very intelligent career move.  Everything was going well until the candidate interviewed with the CIO of the $10 Billion dollar company.

The CIO asked the candidate where he expected to be in the next 1-3 years.  The candidate told the CIO that in one year, he expected to be a CISO.  The CIO already had a CISO on staff so this answer presented a significant problem to the CIO.  This candidate should have been content to stretch into the $10 Billion dollar company role over the next few years.  He should not have stated that he wanted to be a CISO in one year.

It wasn’t long after this question was answered in the manner in which it was answered that the interview ended.  It’s great to have career aspirations but along with the career aspirations there has to be impulse control.  In this case the impulse control would have come out in the form of a different answer for the CIO.


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