|Dynamic Leader: Emperor Qin Shi Huang, founder of |
the first Chinese Imperial Dynasty, 260 - 210 BC
Thursday, June 5, 2014
How to Assess Leadership in an Interview
Longevity Counts: I am always impressed with an Asia candidate who has had a successful career at one multinational. The Asia businesses of many Western multinational businesses have gone through tremendous transformations: from joint venture to wholly-owned, through acquisitions and integrations and even downsizing. Surviving and thriving for a long time in an environment which may be volatile, uncertain and complicated is a good indication of maturity and persistence.
Ask Questions from Different Angles: Assessing relationship-building skills is especially difficult. If you ask a direct question like, “How would you describe your interpersonal skills?” you may get a “canned” answer. Try asking questions that require the candidate to take a fresh perspective: “if your employees were here right now, how would they describe you as a boss?” “If your boss was here right now, how would he/she describe your ability to ‘manage up’?” When the candidate considers a familiar question from a new angle, the answers are often more interesting.