These four common interview questions and answers not only demonstrate the importance of acknowledging the benefit of compliance tracking as a senior manager candidate; but also the importance of drawing the link between your capacity to leverage data and the operational decisions you will be most likely to make.
However, as we explore these interview questions and answers, it also appears that the widely recognised value of a modern LMS platform among senior management candidates is still overshadowed by the consequences of choosing to remain with traditional methods.
From a hiring point-of-view, which short-term and long-term benefits would a high-quality LMS present for our organisation?
In answering this question, you may look to discuss how your previous management experience has been made more effective through more streamlined compliance tracking platforms; but also, how the combined approach of your choice of modern LMS has in turn led to better engagement and retention of the executives you hire for each role.
In turn however, if asked this question, you will also be expected to mirror these benefits with the consequences — perhaps from past senior management or project management experience- of overly depending on a system of compliance tracking that is fully spreadsheet-based.
Moreover, just as this means you should avoid indicating a preference towards a spreadsheet-only tracking system, this also means that you will need to ensure awareness prior to the interview of how regulatory changes such as upcoming GDPR may lead these same consequences to carry even more weight.
With internal regulation and the outside regulatory framework becoming more intertwined year-by-year, has tracking executive compliance become easier or more complex?
This not only means that you will need to make sure to avoid indicating a preference towards a spreadsheet-only system, but will also require you to be aware of current LMS providers that are compliant to upcoming GDPR legislation.
Consequently, when researching different LMS providers to raise throughout the interview, you may want to be wary of overly discussing an LMS provider that is unclear in its GDPR compliance regardless of its user features. On the other hand, to best reassure the interviewer of your awareness of GDPR and its implications, you may also want to discuss the negative experiences from earlier in your career from using traditional spreadsheet-only methods.
How do traditional alternatives compare to a modern LMS platform?
If asked this question, take the opportunity to discuss some of the advantages of the traditional compliance tracking strategies used earlier in your career: this is a strong indicator that you take the activity of compliance tracking seriously irrespective of the tools and platforms available. Conversely, taking this more balanced stance will ensure that you do not appear falsely biased towards a modern GDPR-compliant LMS.
Take this question as an opportunity to discuss the weaknesses of traditional compliance tracking methods to imply your preference for a modern LMS as a by-product.
What role would data produced by your employees and across our organisation play as we move into 2018?
In preparing for this question, be sure to compare the functionality of each modern LMS system beyond its compliance to GDPR and consider the possible applications of the data generated through employee engagement over a long-term period.
Remember, in addition to ensuring that you intend to carry a modern and GDPR-compliant approach into your senior manager role- the organisation will also be screening for candidates who intend to apply the insights from the data generated through these platforms at a later date to innovate the organisation even further.