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morning_rain   
Member since: Feb 05
Posts: 1920
Location: British Columbia

Post ID: #PID Posted on: 26-07-10 12:00:11

Quote:
Originally posted by Maharaj

I would suggest you to call interviewer and ask for feedback ... after you receive rejection email.
Make it lil friendly conversation ...

And before starting Interview Q & A, I would suggest you to get into some sort comfort discussion which will calm your nerves. It may give you lil insight of the interviewer. You may hit some chord which is common to both of you and hey, you won't complain that he didn't ask you enough questions before hiring :)



That is sound advice but I would still hesitate to take the lead in the interview. Let the interviewer do it. Right now they have and must keep the upper hand.
If you say something or give an opinion that doesnt gel with the employer/interviewer, it may turn them off. I know It doesnt seem fair or professional but your first impression should remain professional, unbiased (talking about the weather is ok..but stay positive) and cool.

I asked you about the first initial question because that says a lot about how you are doing and what the first impression is.

Last - Ask a friend to do mock interviews with you. Get their feedback on your tone, presentation and confidence level.


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Daari_Tappida_Maaga   
Member since: Dec 08
Posts: 58
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Post ID: #PID Posted on: 26-07-10 13:03:37

Gulf and Indian experience means squat to the employers here. Since you mention in your post that you have several years experience in electrical engineering, they are not really interested in testing your technical knowledge. Further, the interviewer may not have technical knowledge in EE even as a “technical interviewer”.

They may be evaluating your communication skills and your general disposition during the interview. If you are not, at the least, accent neutral then you may have a problem.

I suspect you are sending them wrong vibes by bringing up the bonus issue by yourself. From their point of view, if you are good then you should get paid well up front and not at the end of your tenure. They may also think you still have that old job as an alternative and that you may job hop.

In EE field(especially maintenance/support guys) they would want foreign educated employees to start from bottom ie. technician level but expect you to move up quickly if you have worked in managerial position before.

Btw, unlike India and perhaps in gulf, you are expected to use your instruments if you are not in managerial capacity. Assistants and foremen are rarely assigned to work under you exclusively!



Maharaj   
Member since: Oct 02
Posts: 1721
Location: Brampton

Post ID: #PID Posted on: 26-07-10 15:45:34

Quote:
Originally posted by morning_rain
If you say something or give an opinion that doesnt gel with the employer/interviewer, it may turn them off.


Ofcourse don't discuss religion or politics or hockey. :D

Weather n Traffic in general is good ice breaker.





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NM   
Member since: Jan 09
Posts: 180
Location:

Post ID: #PID Posted on: 26-07-10 16:02:46

Quote:
Originally posted by Daari_Tappida_Maaga

Gulf and Indian experience means squat to the employers here. Since you mention in your post that you have several years experience in electrical engineering, they are not really interested in testing your technical knowledge. Further, the interviewer may not have technical knowledge in EE even as a “technical interviewer”.

They may be evaluating your communication skills and your general disposition during the interview. If you are not, at the least, accent neutral then you may have a problem.

I suspect you are sending them wrong vibes by bringing up the bonus issue by yourself. From their point of view, if you are good then you should get paid well up front and not at the end of your tenure. They may also think you still have that old job as an alternative and that you may job hop.

In EE field(especially maintenance/support guys) they would want foreign educated employees to start from bottom ie. technician level but expect you to move up quickly if you have worked in managerial position before.

Btw, unlike India and perhaps in gulf, you are expected to use your instruments if you are not in managerial capacity. Assistants and foremen are rarely assigned to work under you exclusively!



I fully agree, this is how it works in canada for testing, commissioning installation works.

But i applied for a project manager position being PMP certified, and i was interviewed for that postion only. The interviewer should have asked questions on project management, but stupidly asked a technical question and i answered correctly. lol.

I voluntarily spoke about project management, and he said, "yes, this how project management works, i know that" . lol. This happened in the second interview.

The first interview, i have no complaints about the interviewer, she was fantastic in asking questions.

The third one, as i said before, i voluntarily spoke for 15 minutes, the interviewers were just noting down what i said.

Guys, let me tell you i have been carrying out interviews for my project in my previous company, there will be a check list what to ask for various positions.

I will ask questions based on the check list to confirm whether the candidate fits in the role. I will assign rating for each and every point which will finally be reviwed by HR and GM before the selection is made.

The roles and responsibilities are clearly specified.

The kind of interviewers i have come across here shows they are not capable enough. Truely.



NM   
Member since: Jan 09
Posts: 180
Location:

Post ID: #PID Posted on: 26-07-10 16:39:39

Let me tell you my another interesting interview experience with one candian employer when i was in abudhabi, still working.

The position was titled as " project manager" and i applied for the position.

The employer in canada interviewd me over phone, my night time there around 10 pm.

He started asking many technical questions, which i answered partially as i was out from "technical " side quite long ago.

The guy who interviewd told me with anger, "dont waste my time" i am looking for a guy who can do this..this.... all technically relevant.

I said i have done all of these few years ago, but you advertised for a project manager position and i applied for that.

I told him there are 44 processes in project management and you did not ask a single question on those. Be clear first, whether you need project engineer or project manager.

The guy toned down a little, a project manger shall do all these whatever i am asking, he said.

I said what you are looking for is a project engineer, and not project manager.

He does'nt know the roles and responsibilities of various positions.

This kind of interview continues after i arrived in canada. Half baked people !!



dimple2001   
Member since: Apr 04
Posts: 2873
Location: Western Hemisphere

Post ID: #PID Posted on: 26-07-10 16:48:56

Quote:
Originally posted by NM

Guys, let me tell you i have been carrying out interviews for my project in my previous company, there will be a check list what to ask for various positions.

I will ask questions based on the check list to confirm whether the candidate fits in the role. I will assign rating for each and every point which will finally be reviwed by HR and GM before the selection is made.

The roles and responsibilities are clearly specified.

The kind of interviewers i have come across here shows they are not capable enough. Truely.




Usually, a well structured company will have what you said above. Last year, I had an interview with CNH for a manufacturing position and they are located in SK. They went through a rigorous routine of questions. Same with an interview with GE out of Markham - a well defined set of questions. And also with another company out of Manitoba - good set of questions.

On the other hand, I recently had an interview with a small 25 person company out of Michigan - it was confusing at the best since they told me I would be meeting with their workforce and when I went there, the VP decides to interview me on a totally different skill set.

Anyway, I find it impressive that you are not jumping right into "survival jobs" and pressing on with professional positions. I wish you all the best. Keep hope and it will work out. Try not to assume they are looking only for cdn born, cdn educated, cdn experienced etc. While it may be true, the more you feel that way, it only adds another layer of discouragement which you don't need.

Again, best wishes and keep us all posted.


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NM   
Member since: Jan 09
Posts: 180
Location:

Post ID: #PID Posted on: 26-07-10 16:55:18

Quote:
Originally posted by morning_rain

Quote:
Originally posted by Maharaj

I would suggest you to call interviewer and ask for feedback ... after you receive rejection email.
Make it lil friendly conversation ...

And before starting Interview Q & A, I would suggest you to get into some sort comfort discussion which will calm your nerves. It may give you lil insight of the interviewer. You may hit some chord which is common to both of you and hey, you won't complain that he didn't ask you enough questions before hiring :)



That is sound advice but I would still hesitate to take the lead in the interview. Let the interviewer do it. Right now they have and must keep the upper hand.
If you say something or give an opinion that doesnt gel with the employer/interviewer, it may turn them off. I know It doesnt seem fair or professional but your first impression should remain professional, unbiased (talking about the weather is ok..but stay positive) and cool.

I asked you about the first initial question because that says a lot about how you are doing and what the first impression is.

Last - Ask a friend to do mock interviews with you. Get their feedback on your tone, presentation and confidence level.




In the interview no 1, she took the iniative and it was a question and answer session.

Interview no 2 and 3, they said "you can talk about your career, qualification and experience from the previous job to first job, qualification" etc.

I agree that the employer should take a lead and ask relevant questions, then it would be fair for both.





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