Interviewing a Hiring Manager

In this assignment you are to connect with a leader whom you admire, either the same leader you observed in Week 3 or a different leader. The main requirement for this assignment is that the leader you interview should have experience hiring employees.

After reading the materials for Week 3, you should have a good idea of questions to ask your leader (be sure to have several written questions prepared in advance of your interview). Be prepared to take notes during your interview, which should last about an hour. A good question to get the conversation started is “tell me how you got to where you are today?” Don’t ask yes/no questions… use open-ended questions that allow the leader to elaborate.

Once you have completed your interview and are ready to write your paper, using the field notes you collected during your interview, reflect upon the following questions:

What did you learn from the hiring leader/manager?
What challenges do they face?
Based upon what you have learned from readings, what suggestions would you make to the manager you interviewed?
How did your interview shape your thoughts about your future career goals?
How might you change your own job searching approach given what you learned from the hiring leader/manager?
Three key ideas drawn from this week’s readings
3-4 page paper, double-spaced

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