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22 August 2012 @ 10:26 am
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What thing did you say that you think is the key to you getting a great job (either your current one or one in the past)?
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Yagayagagriswold on August 22nd, 2012 02:37 pm (UTC)
After walking in on a former Board President sitting on the floor, where she was trying to sort through the aftermath of an Executive Director leaving in a huff:

"How can I help?"
Blue Gargantuabluegargantua on August 22nd, 2012 02:42 pm (UTC)

Oh I've got the skills for this position...


p.s. I dunno. I think I answered their brain teasers pretty well. With me it's mostly an on-going charm kind of thing and not any specific thing I said.

Words of Fire on the Surface of the Worldinfinitehotel on August 22nd, 2012 02:50 pm (UTC)
"I don't know the answer to that. Let me explain to you how I'm going to get it."
Rowan: Dishevelledmzrowan on August 22nd, 2012 03:05 pm (UTC)
Well, in my current job, it was "dbang referred me", but that isn't generalizable. ;-)

Previous job, it was probably, "Oh, interesting question! I have no idea! Let's find out!" during my demo teach.
David Policardpolicar on August 22nd, 2012 03:11 pm (UTC)
Probably many repetitions of "Oh! Ah, OK, then I'm completely wrong. What's actually true is X, Y, Z. Like you said. Cool. Never mind then."

It often astonishes me how much more impressed people are when I'm wrong and accept correction quickly and easily than they are when I'm right in the first place.
metagnatmetagnat on August 22nd, 2012 03:22 pm (UTC)
I don't think what I have said has made a material difference to me getting a job or not. My favorite job (which is also my current job), I came out of the interview nearly crying with how badly I was sure I had done in the interview.

But people in the office already knew me and knew my work.
Randy Smithrandysmith on August 22nd, 2012 03:22 pm (UTC)
It wasn't a keyword--it was one point where the interviewer asked me a question, and my response was "I'm guessing you're wanting me to think about this design alternative." followed by a compare-and-contrast assessment of the two design alternatives, culminating in agreeing that his implied suggestion was better, and shifting my brainstorm focus.
cheveux sable with earworm rampant: melcohen on August 22nd, 2012 03:41 pm (UTC)
"my checkbook is balanced."
Spiderbabearachne8x on August 22nd, 2012 03:49 pm (UTC)
Going with my gut after meeting my future boss and deciding that the other things that were telling me to skip this one weren't important if he was as cool as he seemed. He is, and it was the right move.
harimad on August 22nd, 2012 03:54 pm (UTC)
After I solved the hypothetical problem (reducing manufacturing costs and thus creating efficiencies at several production facilities), I then talked about the problems that my solutions would create, and had ideas about how to deal with those.
veek on August 22nd, 2012 04:17 pm (UTC)
I just looked back over my job talk from two years ago, and concluded that I have no idea what one thing it might've been. From the comments I got after that talk, what impressed people was how I applied my contextual knowledge (having been one of the people who made the repository go) to the university's, and the Libraries', strategic plan. Also, the fact that I answered questions by engaging the audience in conversation, not talking at them.
pir on August 22nd, 2012 04:21 pm (UTC)
Being the right kind of geek, (sometimes) knowing the right people to find or get recommended for the job and being able to answer awkward deeply technical interview questions while also being able to talk reasonably with an interviewer and be somewhat amusing.
Jonathan Woodwardwoodwardiocom on August 22nd, 2012 05:07 pm (UTC)
For my interview at TravelCLICK, I was asked what (programming) objects I would use to write a program to rank poker hands. Afterwards, the interviewer told me, "It's a privilege to see your mind at work."
porpurina: science is my bitchbloodstones on August 22nd, 2012 05:26 pm (UTC)
I have no idea. I found out after getting to grad school that I had far less relevant experience than most of my cohort. I think there are not a lot of people who want to work on my particular (fairly obscure) niche, and that my advisor may have lobbied for me for that reason, although I also have reasons to think that may not have been true. I also think that my GRE scores were higher than average, and that probably helped to make up for the lack of relevant coursework.
Keys and locks, roots and branchesomnia_mutantur on August 22nd, 2012 07:58 pm (UTC)
Some variation on "I'm extremely good at framing questions in a way that will get me the information I need to move forward."
Mouseketeer Stigmatatrom on August 22nd, 2012 10:08 pm (UTC)
I said I was smart and was comfortable working from home.
Spike: Basic - Yo! Bitch!spike on August 23rd, 2012 12:40 am (UTC)
"This has been great, but I'm resigning to go start a new company."

That usually works pretty well for me.
drwexdrwex on August 23rd, 2012 02:09 pm (UTC)
One word?

That is, when asked can I do X, yes. Do I know how to solve Y? Yes. Can I handle Z? Yes.

My view is that people hire folk to solve problems that aren't presently being solved. I want to be that person's problem-solver.

This requires somewhat careful selection of where I go to interview, in that I ought to understand their problems before I go in, and I ought to be damned truthful about when I say "yes". Usually after I say "yes" I try to back it up with a concrete example from my past where I did in fact do something reasonably close to what they're looking for.