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# Rhyme's Totally Fallible Guide to Interviewing

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rhyme/anyone else,

What makes for a good team work story? Almost every project I work on requires incredible team work. We are small company try to win big clients, so we are always understaffed and are under time and budget constraints on our projects. What in your opinion would make one team work story stand apart from the others?

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mbagal2011 wrote:
rhyme/anyone else,

What makes for a good team work story? Almost every project I work on requires incredible team work. We are small company try to win big clients, so we are always understaffed and are under time and budget constraints on our projects. What in your opinion would make one team work story stand apart from the others?

Thanks!

teamwork is about leveraging strengths to neutralize weaknesses.

I'll elaborate tonight from the hotel if i have time, but try noodlin on that for the moment and see if sparks ideas.
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Thanks rhyme. But if you are the one leveraging strengths and neutralizing weaknesses (I am assuming you meant to change individuals' roles to play up each individual's strengths), aren't you really displaying leadership qualities rather than teamwork?
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Re: Rhyme's Totally Fallible Guide to Interviewing [#permalink]
Hi guys..

I have a quick question..I know it might sound a bit stupid..but can someone tell me what is the best way to address an interviewer in the email and while interviewing ? By first name or by last name?I'd really appreciate a response
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meeishal wrote:
Hi guys..

I have a quick question..I know it might sound a bit stupid..but can someone tell me what is the best way to address an interviewer in the email and while interviewing ? By first name or by last name?I'd really appreciate a response

Last name,

Dear Mr. / Ms.
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mbagal2011 wrote:
Thanks rhyme. But if you are the one leveraging strengths and neutralizing weaknesses (I am assuming you meant to change individuals' roles to play up each individual's strengths), aren't you really displaying leadership qualities rather than teamwork?

Well, I suppose you could make that argument, but I'd argue leadership stories tend to be more about what you specifically did / saw / implemented. In this case I'd focus less on the "I did this, I did that" and more on the "We did this, we did that. As a result of X, we achieved Y, and person A managed to fix problem B" - things like that. Let me know if that just confuses you more.

Also, don't get too worked up finding the perfect teamwork story.... find something decent and be confident. They say 90% of an impression is formed by how you say something and only 10% is what you say.
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Thanks rhyme! That does make sense.
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rhyme wrote:
meeishal wrote:
Hi guys..

I have a quick question..I know it might sound a bit stupid..but can someone tell me what is the best way to address an interviewer in the email and while interviewing ? By first name or by last name?I'd really appreciate a response

Last name,

Dear Mr. / Ms.

Eh, in general, I refer to people in any situation based off of how they introduced themselves to me. With the exception of my father in law, who I refuse to call "Mr. Touch my Daughter and I'll Kill You".
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First of all Rhyme, great post, one of the best i have seen. And its very nice of you to share this now when you might be short of time anyways ...

Regarding addressing the interviewer, Isn't it ok to call them Sir / Maa'm ? In mail i suppose we can address them by Mr/ Mrs .lastname , but face to face , if they are alumini then probably by last name, if they are professors, using sir/maam, or maybe not adressing at all ? Which is best and for whom ?
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Thanks so much for the info... this will come in handy with my two interviews this week!
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If my interviewer drops my first name, I respond with his/hers. Tit for tat.

Also, my alumni interviewer from Texas emailed me today and we're setting up at time to meet. Just out of curiosity, I googled him, and it turns out we went to the same school for undergrad (!!), he's written a book and has a blog, which I am reading (on company time, naturally). So now I'm going in with some advance intelligence that I can drop and totally wow the dude with.
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Ntang wrote:
If my interviewer drops my first name, I respond with his/hers. Tit for tat.

Also, my alumni interviewer from Texas emailed me today and we're setting up at time to meet. Just out of curiosity, I googled him, and it turns out we went to the same school for undergrad (!!), he's written a book and has a blog, which I am reading (on company time, naturally). So now I'm going in with some advance intelligence that I can drop and totally wow the dude with.

You're sooooo smart
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I know. My mom says that too.
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Ntang wrote:
If my interviewer drops my first name, I respond with his/hers. Tit for tat.

Also, my alumni interviewer from Texas emailed me today and we're setting up at time to meet. Just out of curiosity, I googled him, and it turns out we went to the same school for undergrad (!!), he's written a book and has a blog, which I am reading (on company time, naturally). So now I'm going in with some advance intelligence that I can drop and totally wow the dude with.

Just be careful. This can come across as awful creepy. I once had an interviewer dig around on linkedin finding things that my business partners had done and asking me about them. It didn't come across as research, it just came across as inappropriately weird.
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rhyme wrote:
Just be careful. This can come across as awful creepy. I once had an interviewer dig around on linkedin finding things that my business partners had done and asking me about them. It didn't come across as research, it just came across as inappropriately weird.

So... you're saying NOT to ask whether his daughter is getting over her cold? Hmm... I'll think about it.
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what examples do folks have for ethical dilemmas (or maybe beliefs challenged)? maybe i haven't thought hard enough, but i'm having trouble coming up with examples. maybe i need to be creative in how i'm thinking about this.

thanks all.
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Adam Markus has referenced some good sources in his blog.