Saturday, July 30, 2005

Interviewing is an ART

Blogging has been non existent as i have been quite busy with work, one of the key aspects of the job during the last month has been conducting interviews with people in an organisation, where i am in the process of implementing a packaged software.

Interviewing is an ART and everybody in the IT Services business who is invovlved in Consulting /Requirement Gathering should try and master it. Organisations should/need to invest in getting thier people trained for these sessions.

When i started doing these interviews i remembered haveing read a book on "successfull interviewing" so i pulled out the "Mckinsey Way" book and filled to the relevant chapter titled "Conducting Interviews".

Some of the points mentioned in the book though quite elemntary are often overlooked/missed out. Here is a list/summary of the points that i liked / think are a must do.

1. Be Prepared: Write an Interview Guide: When you go into an interview, be prepapred. You may have only 30 mis with a person who you may never see again. Know what you are going to ask.

2. When conducting interview listen and guide: When youre picking peoples brains, ask questions and then listen to them do the talking. Most people like to talk, especially if you let them know that you are interested what they are saying. Keep the interview on track by breaking in when necessary.

3. Interview in Pairs (Hunt in two's): One to take Notes and the other can be asking the right questions.(Switch Roles in between)

4. Listen, Dont Lead: Dont ak Yes/No questions, Ask open ended ones, can get valuable information.

5. Paraphrase, Paraphrase, Paraphrase: repeat back the answers in slightly different form, this will confirm if your understanding is correct.

6. Dont ask for too much: Narrow down your goal from each session to 2/3 most important questions, getting the complete answers to that should be the focus anything over that is only gravy.

7. Always write a Thank you note.

Two other points from the book are:

Have the interviewees boss set up the interview, this would give the interview a sense of importance.

Adopt the columbo tactic: To ask a question just before leaving the interview/ a day or two after the interview when the respondent is more relaxed and has his gaurd down.

I am going to try ad get a more comprehensive list together ...please pitch in.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Quote for the Day

"What is the difference between unethical and ethical advertising? Unethical advertising uses falsehoods to deceive the public; ethical advertising uses truth to deceive the public."

Via Seths Blog

Sunday, July 03, 2005

The Mindset of the Indian CIOs !

I regularly follow / read “Arbor Mentis” a coloumn by Subroto Baagchi in the weekly “Business World”, I started reading his works (searching/finding & reading) his word after I read two notes/articles titled “Making of Mindtree”, which is a detailed account of how the organisation which he is the COO of was formed / created.

This weeks article was as usual insightful and filled with some interesting statistics. The piece is titled “Mindsets of the Indian CIO”.

In this article he refers to the time during a presentation/speech he conducted two polls

1.What will the Indian CIOs strategic Imperative be in 2010?
2.What does he(CIO) consider as his own inadequacy from a strategic perspective?

(59 CIOs responded to the Survey.)

The results of the two surveys are displayed in the graphs in posts below.



The point highlighted from the results are primarily two,
How come only 4% of the CIOs thought of knowledge as a key imperative and how is it that only 4% of the CIOs identify creativity as a strategic gap. Very interesting findings, you can read subroto baghcis comments/analysis on the same here (Registration required).

Wouldn’t it be great if he had a blog?

2. What does he(CIO) consider as his own inadequacy from a strategic perspective?

Originally uploaded by Prashanth.Rai.

1. What will the Indian CIOs strategic Imperative be in 2010?

Originally uploaded by Prashanth.Rai.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Technology's Impact on the Entertainment Industry

Anil Ambanis purchase of Adlabs and the proposed integrated approach between adlabs (i was a frequent visitor to thier multiplexes when i was in mumbhai)& reliance infocomm had be wanting to be understand the whole technolgy changing entertainment and its delivery paradigm. There have been quite a few posts on this all over web here are a few links.

Digital Projection, Ad Revenues, Google Video & the Prosumer HDV camera
Kaboom - Blog Maverick ( Mark Cuban)

I am back!

Apologies ladies and gentlemen, for the absence from the blogsphere i know one person missed it ...kk thanks for the mail, it was one of the motivating factors to write now even when i am floored with work. Why have i not been writing primarily because i have been travelling a lot i have criss crossed across southern and western india for sometime now. And work has taken & is taking its toll, and most important reason was not having access to proper net connectivity well the situation is temporarily rectified and i am back to blogging, this experience has forced me to get my self a reliance mobile with a data cable i hear the bandwidth delivered on it is not bad and the costs are pretty reasonable any body who has used the product please comment if i should go ahead.