30 minutes with the questions before the interview
Andrea Boucaud called herself an “arts fanatic” on Career Buzz (Sept. 25) and shared her passion for bringing together arts and social service. She’s the award-winning managing director of West Side Arts Hub, doing inspiring work with youth and the community out of a library basement at Jane and Finch in Toronto, serving disengaged youth and giving them the feeling that “there is a space for them, and that they are engaged.” Interested in getting hired in social services? Here’s what an interview with Andrea looks like: “I always give the person I’m interviewing all the questions. I want you to be as comfortable as possible. I give you 30 minutes with the interview questions. You can sit and make notes. I want you to have an open conversation with me and really be honest. It’s not my goal to bring you in here, hide the questions, and trip you up. I’m really looking for someone focused, driven, who wants to be a part of the team.” How does this apply to you? If you’re a hiring manager, consider taking a page out of Andrea’s playbook and give your interviewees the questions for 30 minutes before the interview. If you’re considering a career where, like Andrea, you get to help people, there are hundreds of possibilities. Check career exploration sites like Alberta’s OCCinfo (e.g. careers related to social work). Or get started with an exploratory consultation with a professional career counsellor. Listen to the whole interview also featuring Matthew Taylor, author of Student of Life.