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    Question Interview Questions - What to ask?

    Hi all,

    I'm interviewing tomorrow for a temporary data entry post, it's only for a couple of weeks and the candidate only really needs to know their way around Excel and a bit of basic SIMS knowledge would be nice but not essential.

    Problem is, I've never interviewed anyone before in my life! Anybody who has got any pointers or any questions they like to ask all candidates?

    Really appreciate your help on this one.

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    Well, the first thing is to ask about their knowledge of Excel, where they have used it, what were they doing and LISTEN to the answer. If you can't do the job without Excel knowledge then this is something you must ask.
    You *could* give them a test by presenting them with some of the data entry they would be doing - give them 5 mins and look at accuracy etc, as I would have thought being able to enter things accurately is the main thing?
    Other than that, asking about SIMS of course, and then just general questions about their background
    Frankly, for that sort of job, as long as they have Excel and are smart, clean and seem reasonably intelligent, that's all you need.

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    I think a test is a very good idea, don't really want them messing with SIMS (got images of one of them making a mistake and hitting 'delete student'), so I'll knock together something in Access for them to work on.

    I know it seems daft, but I'm nervous as hell! I've never managed anybody in my life lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by LosOjos View Post
    don't really want them messing with SIMS (got images of one of them making a mistake and hitting 'delete student
    Well you would obviously make a new account for this purpose, and restrict their access.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    Well you would obviously make a new account for this purpose, and restrict their access.
    Still, not really a good idea to give them access to real student data until they're actually employed by us is it?

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    I think you'll find giving complete strangers who potentially do not have suitable clearance access to ANY real student data is a breach of the data protection act, if not some other things!

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    ask them if they to show you how to do pivot tables in a casual "I don't know myself but I heard they were pretty good" way. If not, say, "can we just look in the help".

    this will test either, they know how to do more complex excel stuff or they have the ability to find out for themselves.

    in some ways the second ability is better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neilfisher View Post
    I think you'll find giving complete strangers who potentially do not have suitable clearance access to ANY real student data is a breach of the data protection act, if not some other things!
    That's exactly why they'll be receiving jumbled print outs to work from and not our MIS!

    @browolf: I like it, seems like a good way to get them to prove their skills, anybody can nod and agree in an interview situation (fortunately for me in the past!)

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    So how did it go?

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    Wasn't as bad as I thought, none of the interviews lasted more than 15 minutes, they narrowed 3 down to 2, then gave them 30 minutes each to complete a data entry task in Access which brought me to a conclusion on who to offer the job

    Thanks for asking witch, and thanks all for your help

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