Acing the Interview

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Body language and confidence

Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.

Questions You Should Ask the Interviewer

Ask courageous questions in your interview — not safe ones — to stand out from your competition.

  • How receptive are you to feedback from your employees when you do something they disagree with?
  • As a manager, what frustrates you about the people that work for you?
  • Is there a project your department is working on now? If so, how are you interacting with your staff on it?
  • Can you give me an example of how you work collaboratively with other departments?
  • Does the company welcome celebrating special occasions in employees’ lives? What was the last occasion your department celebrated?
  • What would be the three things that your peers would say you do extremely well?
  • I understand the company has a formal recognition program; however, what type of recognition have you recently given to one of your staff?
  • Has anyone on your staff been promoted over the last couple of years? If so, what was the reason why this person was promoted?
  • What type of work do you delegate to your staff?
  • What are the three main factors you will be using to determine the right person for this job?
  • What have been the main characteristics of your favorite employees?
  • What was the company’s most strategic decision made in the last year? Could you describe how they came to this decision?
  • Can you give me an example of how and why one of your staff made a major mistake, and what was your response to it?