10 questions for Recall Senior VP and CFO Allison Aden

By , IDG News Service |  

In any business relationship I think there's nothing more important than honesty and integrity, so those are the key qualities I look for in all candidates.

I also look for strengths that will allow them to not only perform in the job they're being hired for but the next job and maybe the one after that as well. That's how really strong teams are built.

7. What are some of your favorite interview questions or techniques to elicit information to determine whether a candidate will be successful at your company? What sort of answers send up red flags for you and make you think a job candidate won't be a good fit?

I tend to ask questions that draw upon real-life examples of how the candidate has gone about solving a problem, and has gone above and beyond the requirements of their job to achieve their goals. I really listen to how the candidate explains to me the way in which they've solved a problem and how they have evolved themselves to benefit the organization.

It's also important to me that a candidate understands the organization. When I'm interviewing a candidate and it becomes clear to me that they haven't taken the time to prepare themselves and learn about the organization, that says to me that they may not truly be interested in the position or the organization.

8. What is it about your current job, at this particular company, that sets it apart from other positions?

Recall is a large multinational organization and we're constantly growing and maturing. We have a very innovative and entrepreneurial culture within the organization. Supporting our ever-growing and changing business platform, while maintaining strong corporate governance makes this job very challenging but also very rewarding.

9. What do you do to unwind from a hectic day?

I have always enjoyed gardening, and living in Atlanta lets you maintain some sort of gardening activity all year round. The joke around the neighborhood is that you can tell what kind of a week I've had by how many flowers and bushes I plant over the weekend. More stress, more planting.

10. If you weren't doing this job, what would you be doing?

In college, I really struggled between the decision to major in veterinary science or in business. Certainly the business route has been very rewarding to me and it's something that I hope to do for years to come, but at some point when I step out of Corporate America, I will probably go back to school and become a veterinarian.

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