Talent Management

5 Interview Questions for Global Assignments

jon interview1How do you select the right leaders for global roles?  Local success does not necessarily guarantee global success. What are the red flags that could potentially lead to a global misfit?  Selecting talent who will eventually succeed in global roles is a major responsibility and can be daunting for the inexperienced global talent manager.

Here are 5 sample interview questions that could give you a broad and deep perspective of your global candidate, regardless of host country.

1. What was your most difficult or complicated problem or situation that you have handled? How did you handle it and what was the result?  This question can reveal insights to a person’s ability to handle ambiguity, complexity, surprises and differences. Effective leaders are not threatened or paralyzed by new or complex situations.  In fact, they are energized and challenged when the unexpected occurs.

 

2. How do you select members of your team? What do you look for and how what do you avoid?  This question leads to the leader’s ability to promote the success of their team, both with each other and with their local and cross cultural team members. Look for exceptional listening skills and openness to ideas other than their own.

 

3. Tell me about an incident where you had to adjust a global policy to an organizational procedure that was in conflict with local practices.   How did you handle it?  This refers to a leader’s ability to understand perspectives other than one’s own or integrate multiple viewpoints to creatively arrive at a win win solution.

 

4. How do you reward the members of your team?   Probe for customization vs one size fits all rewards and recognition.  A successful global leader seeks multiple points of views, anticipates differences and act in consideration to others needs.

 

5. How have you prepared your successor?  Successful global leaders are personally engaged in developing their people through multiple approaches.

 

Interested in learning more about how to successfully select, plan for and develop global talent?  Join us at the 20th Annual Leadership Development Conference of the Conference Board on June 3-5 in San Diego, CA.  For the Agenda, see Global Leaders . To register, visit the sign up page.

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