April 11, 2010 1 Comment
Last Thursday I had my first chance to actually be on the other side of the table. I must admit, when my boss first asked me to be a part of it, I was taken aback; I had never interviewed anyone, and since the interviewee had a PhD in Chemistry, with my Masters in Chemical Engineering I would be the most competent in asking and evaluating her answers to technical questions.
With only one day to prepare, I set off to review the resume and put together a list of questions. I suppose in my case it was a little different as the interview was for someone with a lot of experience, but it took a considerable amount of time to put together thought-provoking questions that capture the generalities of her experiences to see how they would fit working in a Government setting. This is also compounded by the fact I am 27 and she had almost the same amount of years in job experience alone.
I was a little nervous at the beginning, but 10-15 seconds I felt much more comfortable. I only relied on my prepared list occasionally, being able to just ask questions based on where the flow of the conversation was going. She was a very good interviewee, I am sure it would be more difficult when the person you are interviewing does not elaborate or explain much in their answers.
Overall though, it gave me a different perception of interviewers. It takes more work than I realized to review a resume and develop relevant questions for the interviewee. Compound that by getting dozens of resume per week and it can get hectic. However, I enjoyed it and look forward to the next interview I can participate in. 🙂
UPDATE: Safe to say the interviewee was none of these.