Assignment 2 interview questions


What I need for this task is the creation of the question (for the interview) and possible answers. The explanation of why this question is needed I want to write myself. 

Assignment Purpose:

In Assignment 2, students are provided a business scenario.  Gleaning information from the scenario, students will create interview questions for candidates applying for the new Vice President position within the organization.  In completing this assignment, students will demonstrate their knowledge, skills and abilities to apply 21st century leadership skills to a real-world situation. Students must show that the candidate must be prepared to be a leader within the context of the organization and its growth into the international market.

Assignment Scenario:

You are the leader of a medium size organic cereal company known as “Cereal Stuff “. The vision statement is: “To provide the world with cereals and good stuff that it can make.”  You want to expand your business to the Canadian and Mexican markets and develop a new related product containing quinoa that some of your customers have wanted you to make.  You have decided to take on a new vice president to spearhead the expansion. Your business is set up horizontally with each department in charge of their decision making.  Department heads are all vice presidents and they form a team that works with you to lead the company business efforts and to keep the business moving forward. The departments include: production, quality control and product development, finance and accounting, and marketing and sales. The new vice president will be head of the new marketing division. The business has a culture that is best described as an adhocracy. You are hoping to move toward a more democratic culture.  The business values include only using quality organic foods, the customer needs are first, and sustainability in production processes and packaging.

  • Develop questions that are reflective of what skills a leader should have to run a new department on an international basis;
  • Create questions that considers the 21st business landscape, the role of the leader, leadership styles, the need to bring trust to the corporation and globalization;
  • Utilize nonstandard questions for an interview- you want to discuss leadership and not where the candidate views their future in five years.  Remember that the candidates have been vetted and are experienced professionals so give the candidate credit for basic tools of leadership.  Focus on what the CEO wants in a candidate for his company

The requirements: 10+ questions; Fact pattern analyzed to identify CEO’s desired 21st century skills, traits, abilities and additional skills etc. for job;.

Tips from the professor: 

First I cannot emphasize enough that I am looking for a leader’s perspective in the choice of questions. I do not want an HR set of questions about his/her abilities. Where do you see yourself in five years, is not an appropriate question. I want the questions to address the future of the company. They should ask the question can this person add value to the leadership team for now and the future. For example, if trust is an important value for the candidate to have think of a question that will test the candidate’s approach to this topic. Don't just ask for his or her opinions.

Try to think through the ideal person first before thinking of questions. For example, what characteristics do you want in a leader who will be expected to perform in Canada or Mexico? (Think globally what kinds of challenges would this person face in dealing with people in these countries and selling the companies product? They need to be informed of cultural bias. You may want to research this.)


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