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Microsoft
Senior Market Research Manager was asked...July 20, 2012

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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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. Less

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. Less

Parexel

You are overqualified, why?

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There is normal and reasonable answer to this strange question?

Wow, an incredible question?Maybe being overqualified is a sin?!

Kantar

About technical expertise in previous project

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About my previous projects have their details

Was that for qualitative research?

Novo Nordisk

Typical about experience and you

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Be authentic and honest - employment is a two waybstreet

OMD

Can you tell me about your experience in research?

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Pretty straightforward, I told them about the work I'm involved in and some of the client outcomes. Less

Napp Pharmaceuticals

If you get a product launch wrong can you recover the success if the product?

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Yes-through further research and repositioning.

Datamatics Business Solutions

Strengths , Weakness

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Responded with a positive spin to the question

Research Partnership

Can you design a study from the information we emailed you?

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Came prepared, got the job

Contentful

Tell me about yourself.

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What was the last project you led, and what was its outcome?

InterMedia Survey Institute

My research experience and focus of my work. I was also asked about presentation skills and client relationships.

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I was able to give feedback based on my past career and current position held at that time. Less

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