Originally Posted by GQgeek
but I think a lot of people are probably too timid in interviews.
This is key. I had the great fortune of working in a small-quickly-becoming-medium sized hyper tech company of some really smart people. One of their practices was an interview process, beyond the initial weed-out interview, involved candidates spending a 1/2 a day of 6 or so 30 minute interviews with a range of people in the company - specifically people outside of what they were being hired for.
Once I was on-board, I learned that everyone in the company rotated through the responsibilities of being part of interviewer tracks. I actually enjoyed it a lot so I had the great fortune of conducting 100 or so interviews for a variety of positions.
If you made it in the door, I presumed you're smart. What I want to know is what you going to do for the organization, your department, your team, and me. You
. I mean it - tell me what you're going to do. I'll illustrate the landscape, tell you our success and failures, our positions and challenges, but then I want to know what you're going to do with them. All you have to do is convince me you can and are going to do it.
Bottom line is that if you have the experience and skills that shouldn't be difficult.