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Wolters Kluwer
Director, Financial Planning & Analysis was asked...10 August 2010

In an environment of layoffs and restructuring, how do you keep your team motivated?

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Be open and honest if their roles are in jeopardy. Understand their concerns and answer their questions as best you can. If you do not know, say so. Keep them busy, and involved in important work. Less

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Stay positive, and focus on the work at hand. Keeping busy on important work helps people realize what they are doing is important. An ideal mind is the devil's.... well, you know the old saying. Be sure the physical environment is welcoming. In summer, raise the blinds, clean the common areas of papers and clutter. You will be amazed how much better things look when you take 10 short minutes a day to make the physical environment look better. The sun is out, blue skies, and maybe it's not so bad here. Let people vent. If you are not holding 1-on-1 meetings, then start. Hear people out. Be honest about what you can talk about. Don't sugar coat anything, but give those more junior to you some context and a bigger view. Sure some people will be laid off, but most will remain. Opportunity to do different things will become available. Sure you will work harder, but you will learn, growth, and build your reputation for having a level head in complex times. Lastly, have a plan. Know what you will do as a manager if you have to layoff 1,2 or 3 people. Know how the work will move around. This will allow you act quickly and decisively should things come to that. Having a manager who looks in charge because they already thought it through will go a long way. Less

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Microsoft

What's the "next big" market area or venture MSFT should get into? And why?

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Our metro area has struggled for years trying to achieve an answer to our mass transit dilemmas. We need a better way to quickly move people, and we need a method for building the infrastructure so that it can be used within the next 5 years or so. Less

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POSSIBLE

What project are you most proud of?

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Spoke about a university web donation portal project where I came to a great insight that was executed perfectly. Less

Environmental Protection Agency

Do you want the job?

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Yes, if able to expand the strategic planning and analytical compenent of the position and hiring a public affairs specialist to handle communications. Less

Blackhawk Network

Case study, variance analysis what would you do if net sales forecast for next year would increase by certain amount? what driver would you look at

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Ensure you understand the products or services being sold first by asking the interviewer questions. This is to demonstrate you establish facts first . Typically it’ll be volumes or margin. Compare to historic trend or seasonal aspects of not convinced ask business for information as it could be initiatives driven. Less

US Air Force

What qualifications do you have to do this job?

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I listed qualifications and gave a recent example of events where I exhibited the items listed in the qualifications. Less

Madison Alabama

How do you like the food?

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Biogen

How would you handle certain situations (usually encompassed some of company's particular problem areas where they have had continual problems)

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Define approach and thought processes, along with anecdotes of similar situations Less

NIKE

er wordt een cv en een motivatie brief gevraagd

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Gong

What KPI's do you use?

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List of KPI's and applications?

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