May 20, 2021 • 36M

Episode 43: Behavioral Interviewing Hot Seat: Getting in the Minds of What Companies Are Looking for in a Candidate.

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Whether it's a new technology, a virus, or social change at a tipping point, disruption creates new opportunities in the workplace and modern life, but it's not all flying cars and rainbows, change is hard. Join Trip O'Dell, Anna Codina, and Larry Cornett as they look at the evolution of the workplace from traditional offices trying to figure out how to adapt to being suddenly remote, to companies that were born as "work anyplace" teams, and how those changes impact everything from how we collaborate to how our kids go to school, and what it all means for our local communities and the global economy.
Episode details

Larry, Trip, and Anna bring on two hot-seat guests to show a real-life example of how behavioral interviewing works. This is the second time they’ve run a hot-seat session. These interviews give insight into what companies are looking for when they’re conducting a behavioral interview on a candidate, and what some of these tough questions tend to look like as they interview new prospects for a role.

Key Takeaways
Let’s do some hot seats! Tom and Flora are our victims for today’s episode.
Trip gives a bit of context to how these hot-seat sessions work, and why it’s important to perfect your interviewing skills.
Flora shares her story and how she got into UX design.
Flora shares her biggest failure.
It can be frustrating as a young candidate because you’re often not invited to the “big table.” Trip understands both perspectives.
If you are a UX designer, or whatever your position might be, it’s important to create relationships that go outside of your expertise or peer group.
A little bit about Tom and his background. He’s looking to do a career shift.
What did Tom do when he had a conflict with a peer?
Trip debriefs and shares what both hot seat participants did well, and didn’t do well.
Tell me about your proudest failure?
Larry always recommends picking a few of your “hero” stories so that it’s easier to pull them up no matter what the interviewer asks.
Rehearse your hero stories.
The goal of a behavioral interview is to identify inconsistency or consistently negative traits.
Sometimes you had a bad boss or a toxic employee, but the interview process is not the place to talk about it.
No one wants the crusader that’s telling other people how they’re wrong.

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