Effective Job Interviewing from Both Sides of the Desk

Business, People
Location: Ballroom A3/A6
Average rating: ****.
(4.75, 8 ratings)

Interviews have too long been treated like interrogations, probing
and testing candidates like they were fruit at a grocer. Effective
interviewing reframes the interview as what it really is: the
candidate’s first day on the job.

For job-seekers, topics include:

  • How to prepare an effective portfolio that says more than
    words about your skills.
  • Your primary goal at the interview.
  • Using the power of stories to tell what self-description cannot.
  • Understanding the process through the interviewer’s eyes.
  • How to turn the interview into a working meeting.
  • Five dreaded questions you must be able to answer, and how
    to answer them without fear.

For managers, you’ll learn:

  • Effective pre-interview research
  • How to increase your chances of choosing the best candidate.
  • Increase your odds in judging cultural fit.
  • Why you must ask the dreaded questions like “Where do you
    want to be in five years,” and how to ask them without asking
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Andy Lester


Andy Lester is the lead programmer for Book Wholesalers Inc. He’s just completed his first book, “Land The Tech Job You Love”, for Pragmatic Bookshelf, and was interviewed for “Beautiful Teams.”

Andy is also active in the Parrot, Perl 6 and Perl 5 projects, writes the Perl news blog Perlbuzz and maintains over a dozen Perl 5 modules.

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Henning Michael Møller Just
07/24/2009 7:20am PDT

Truly excellent talk.

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Timothy Ace
07/23/2009 11:39am PDT

A great session. Both the interviewees and interviewers have a lot of responsibility and preparation before an interview.

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