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Big Interview Coming Up

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by yark14, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. yark14

    yark14 Friend of Leo's

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    So, as some of you may know, I took a job at a corporate fitness center for a major US company 4 months ago. My title is Health Fitness Specialist. Basically I do fitness assessments, program design, measure body fat and blood pressure, as well as some entry-level administrative stuff.

    Well, I've worked my butt off and we are currently undergoing a major staffing transition, as a few people are leaving.

    Our team oversees two large fitness centers, each on two different campuses of the company we service.

    Today the head honcho wanted to have a chit-chat with me. I was nervous. Did I do something wrong??? I've only been here 4 months :neutral:

    No, they want to interview me for the Assistant Program Manager position...which is a couple tiers above where I am now. The head honcho basically said the position in mine unless the interview goes horribly bad. She gave me management training resources and basically told me what will be asked at the interview.

    She also said that the decision to consider promoting me that far up came from above her.

    Anyways, does anybody here have any management experience? If so, do you have any tips? It would be my first management job, although I have done some administrative duties. This will be a huge step forward, as I would be running the day to day operations of one of the two fitness centers that caters to a company of several thousand employees on our campus.
     
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    ya....if you don't have the respect of your employees you are sunk.
     
  3. Lost_N_Austin

    Lost_N_Austin Friend of Leo's

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    This might be helpful

    There is a lecture on WIMP.com that addresses your situation exactly.Check it out here http://m.wimp.com/bodylanguage/

    This is something that could be very helpful to prepare you and it is free.


    For the future, I would also recommend looking into joining a Toastmasters group if you have not participated in one of these groups before. It is not a quick fix for this opportunity but could really help your confidence and prepare you well for this type of interview in the future. Not all Toastmaster groups are created equally so you might have to shop around to find a good support group.


    Good luck to you on capturing this opportunity.

    Dilbert cartoon today:

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    Lost_N_Austin
     
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    The little i know, learn your business inside out, be likeable yet not a pushover
     
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    Be approachable but firm. Folks like to know where they stand.

    Thanks,
     
  6. hemingway

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    Ask your employes if they'll send you on a day-long or 2-day management course. They can be enormously helpful. Especially if, like me, you're not naturally a people person or a good listener.

    Managing people is a totally different ball game to just turning up for work. It can be really rewarding.
     
  7. Flakey

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    I borrowed this from 7 habits. I usually don't go in for this stuff but this one is very true when managing people and I found it has kept me out of trouble and has helped me with what StuH has said.

    Its this: SEEK FIRST TO UNDERSTAND, THEN TO BE UNDERSTOOD

    Goodluck!
     
  8. emu!

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    I agree with Flakey.

    Some people WANT to be managed, some people DON'T. You gotta figure that out per employee first...then proceed friendly but firmly. JMO.
     
  9. kelnet

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    The best managers are those who help others succeed, not the ones who think they need to boss people.
    Remember, you are assisting to manage the program, not the people. Let everyone know what is needed for the program, and then get out of their way as they try to accomplish that, or lead them in the work that needs to be done.
     
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    You'll be fine. They likely chose you because They saw you were already fit for a mangement position.
     
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    My biggest fault is that I care too much.
     
  12. telleutelleme

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    Put the same effort into the position that you did in the position you have and what got you noticed. Treat people with respect, delegate responsibility and DO NOT micro-manage.

    In the interview ask questions that show some grasp of the position being offered. You may need to re-visit what that job entails with the person you already talked to.

    Sounds like a great opportunity for you. Congratulations, go for it.
     
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    I am a manager in a big cpmpany with many years of experience.

    What she said basically is that: "you have the job, now show us some loyalty & that you are somebody we can count on"

    You just have to be yourself, (since obviously they like you). Managers ususally don't like surprises, so stress on your even temper, ability to work under pressure, your stable life, & loyalty loyalty loyalty

    Show enthusiasm but don't bore the hell of of them in the interview by telling all what you planned for your new positions. Say that you'll test the waters & see with your supersiors what needs be implemented & always suggest new, positive, & easy to implement ideas & discuss them first with your superiors

    Be calm, smiling, don't talk too much, but don't be jaded. It's an easy gig.

    Do let me know how it goes - i wish you all the best of luck
     
  14. Rolling Estonian

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    I agree with the good advice you're getting here. The main thing for me is identifying the people who need management and those who are more independent. Treating everyone fairly can be difficult but can't be understated, showing ANY sort of favoritism can doom you quick. Another good one is to get your hands dirty with the team, show that you're not above them and will do the work just like them, this usually commands respect and leads to better production. Lastly, I tell all of my employees that I'm a nice, fair, easy going guy and am a good boss..... But don't cross me, you don't want to see my bad side.

    Good luck and congrats!

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    Best of luck, but you probably don't need it as you seem to be doing just fine!
     
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    Sounds like a 2 part question.


    The first is "How do I ace my upcoming interview"?

    And the second is "How do I kick ass in my new job after I ace my interview"?


    #1) Thank them for the opportunity to apply for this position, let them know how excited you are, how committed you will be to succeed, how you are a team player, how hard you are wanting to work. Showing excitement, enthusiasm, and a willingness to do whatever it takes will go a long ways.


    #2) After you get your job, you'll need to get buy-in from the staff at this fitness center. The main thing I think is being very clear on what is expected. Let people know when they do a good job, be very supportive, help do whatever you can to make their job easier. At the same time, if there is any slippage you gota be quick, firm, direct... its the whole "We're in this team together". And you've got to be the hardest working guy there if you want people to follow your lead. Mistakes will be made, feelings sometimes hurt.. but as long as you're honest and direct and you mean well and you admit when you sometimes screw up, then you'll do just fine.


    Congrats on the opportunity! This is the fun stuff of life. And if for some reason things fall apart and you don't get the job, don't get too discouraged. You'll be more prepared the next time an opportunity like this becomes available.


    Good luck!
     
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    Thanks for all the advice and well-wishes. I truly appreciate it :D

    I have a big weekend ahead of prepping...lots of online courses I want to knockout before the interview. It'll be fun ;)
     
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    congrats man! and good luck!
     
  19. yark14

    yark14 Friend of Leo's

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    Yes, it was very much a 2 part post. Thanks for the great advice.

    Lost, thank you so much for the link. That will help a ton. Haven't seen you since Mandy and John played at Top Notch a while back. Hopefully we can cross paths again in the near future!
     
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    Update: Had the interview today....
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    Knocked it out of the park. A few minor stumbles, but overall she said numerous times that she was "very impressed".

    Not to toot my own horn too much, but the highlight of the interview nearly knocked her flat on her back. Last night she emailed me our budget report of our entire corporate fitness center for the past year, saying that it might be good to look over it, and that she'll explain how it all works in the near future.

    Well, I spent an hour last night looking over the budget (which is a huge spreadsheet since our income and expenses come from tons of places). Fast forward to today and she asks me if I am comfortable with budgeting. I told her that I looked over the spreadsheet last night and found a major area in which we are currently overlooking. Right now is basically a program that is break even. I gave her 3 ideas in which we can increase our revenue, all of them supported by data within the spreadsheet. How I remembered all the numbers I spit out is beyond me. :rolleyes:

    She said she and I will go over the 3 ideas and go about implementing the one that works best, while working with the coordinator of the project.

    The next step in the promotion is meeting with her boss. Good news, she is the one that is spearheading me being considered for this much of a promotion, and my boss said she'll probably ask me many of the same question.

    I'll sleep good tonight :D
     
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