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#1 Posted : Tuesday, December 29, 2020 7:55:42 AM(UTC)

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Recently I was given the opportunity to interview for an SES vacancy. At the onset they told me there were 12 questions. What I did not realize was that there would also be a 1 hour limit. I have no contacts in the SES cadre. My preparation research indicated I needed to be able to speak to my ECQ/MTQ information. In the interview I felt confident I was doing what my research had taught me.

I got through 6 of the 12 structured questions. Needless to say I was not hired. The feedback received spoke to the fact that I did not get through the questions and each demonstrated example being long. How does one succinctly address the ECQs while answering 12 questions in an hour?

Thanks in advance for your time and honest feedback.
#2 Posted : Thursday, December 31, 2020 7:25:58 AM(UTC)

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I have no real insight, just speculating here.

I would expect an SES to communicate very quickly and very clearly across a variety of audiences and mediums- their time is precious.
They are "leaders" not "do-ers".
The ones I work with provide very high level input and we are responsible for interpreting and performing accordingly.

Maybe your answers were too detailed? Or maybe they were more about doing rather than leading? I can see that happening if you were trying to demonstrate your ECQs with no room for them to misinterpret.

I would be interested to hear from someone who does have actual insight though.

Edited by user Thursday, December 31, 2020 7:26:28 AM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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