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Wednesday, 4 February 2015

How one CEO makes hiring decisions in 7 minutes - Business Insider

How one CEO makes hiring decisions in 7 minutes - Business Insider: - 'via Blog this'

Hiring can be a complicated and drawn-out process. But Marla Malcolm Beck, CEO of the luxury beauty retailer Bluemercury, has it down to a science.

In a recent interview with Adam Bryant of The New York Times, Beck said she was the "queen of the seven-minute interview."
She told Bryant: "I interview for only seven to 10 minutes, and I have a framework — it's skill, will, and fit."
She said she could ascertain skill in about two minutes, based only on what the candidate has done.
To figure this out, she asks: "What's the biggest impact you had at your past organization?"
"It's important that someone takes ownership of a project that they did, and you can tell based on how they talk about it whether they did it or whether it was just something that was going on at the organization," she told Bryant. 
Then, to determine a candidate's will (which "is about hunger"), she asks: "What do you want to do in five or 10 years?"
"That tells you a lot about their aspirations and creativity," she said. "If you're hungry to get somewhere, that means you want to learn. And if you want to learn, you can do any job."
Then there's fit.
For this she turns to the résumé.
Beck told Bryant that she was always looking for employees who have some sort of experience with a smaller organization. "At big companies, your job is really one little piece of the pie. I need someone who can make things happen and is comfortable with ambiguity."
Click here to read the full New York Times interview. 

NOW WATCH: 7 smart questions to ask at the end of every job interview

7 Questions to ask your interviewer.

1. What do you like most about working for this company?

Why: You can see what they value most and see if that aligns with you.

2. How has this position evolved?

Why: Their response will tell you if this is a dead end job.

3. Could you give me examples of how I would collaborate with my manager?

Why: It will tell you how they value staff members.

4. What are the first priorities for this position?

Why: Help you know what to focus on if you get the position to make a good first impression.

5: What are the challenges of this position?

Why: So you know what you're facing - And if they don't list be suspicious.

6: What have past employees done to succeed in this role?

Why: Gives you an idea how they measure success.

7: Do you have any hesitations about my qualifications?

Why: Shows you are secure enough to talk about your weaknesses  


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