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How do you influence people who do not report to you? How do you get them to do things even though they don't have to or want to?

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a) I've never actually had someone refuse to help me when asked, but b) I would try ahead of time to get to know them so that when I need to influence them or need to request assistance, they already have a basic level of comfort with me.

I would answer this question by first stating that it is important to get to know how people are motivated on a personal level first. If they do not report to you then you might not have positional authority to ask them for a deliverable. At a company like Microsoft, I'm sure that there are jobs/roles that require people to get help/collaboration from people outside of their positional authority. To do this, you must first know what motivates a person and proactively make personal "deposits" to build some solid connections so that when you need to make a "withdraw" you have invested enough. Deposits can be made by taking an interest in someone, providing them with help when they need it, or maybe buying them lunch/drinks.

Where do you see the industry moving towards in the future and what tools does your current company have?

Pretty standard questions; no unusual questions in this interview. Just strengths, weaknesses, what you liked most and least about your former job, etc.

Several of the questions related to the company creating a middle management segment to help grow the company. Generally the interview focused on projected company growth and how to manage the change management for success. It felt less like an interview and more like a data mine of my knowledge.

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