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William McKnight

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I will periodically be sharing my thoughts and observations on information management here in the blog. I am passionate about the effective creation, management and distribution of information for the benefit of company goals, and I'm thrilled to be a part of my clients' growth plans and connect what the industry provides to those goals. I have played many roles, but the perspective I come from is benefit to the end client. I hope the entries can be of some modest benefit to that goal. Please share your thoughts and input to the topics.

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William is the president of McKnight Consulting Group, a firm focused on delivering business value and solving business challenges utilizing proven, streamlined approaches in data warehousing, master data management and business intelligence, all with a focus on data quality and scalable architectures. William functions as strategist, information architect and program manager for complex, high-volume, full life-cycle implementations worldwide. William is a Southwest Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, a frequent best-practices judge, has authored hundreds of articles and white papers, and given hundreds of international keynotes and public seminars. His team's implementations from both IT and consultant positions have won Best Practices awards. He is a former IT Vice President of a Fortune company, a former software engineer, and holds an MBA. William is author of the book 90 Days to Success in Consulting. Contact William at wmcknight@mcknightcg.com.

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There is quite a bit of job movement in data warehousing and business intelligence today, with a couple of high-profile moves making headlines. This happens when there are opportunities and the market is slow to react to the requirements for keeping employees.

Consequently, there may be many readers of this blog who are considering a job change. Many new jobs do not ultimately meet expectations. The major reason is because the job move was done too hastily and the new position was not evaluated carefully enough before it was accepted. So, thinking about all the moves I’ve seen, I’ve provided some tips for making a move a successful one.

1. Interview multiple places. Force yourself to get multiple real offers. This will give you the confidence to negotiate and examine each position to the degree necessary.
2. Ask questions that project yourself into the position after the bloom is off and you are settled, i.e., at 6 week and 6 month timeframes. What will you be expected to have accomplished by then? What will you be doing then?
3. Understand the office culture. If it is a highly driven, impersonal culture and you like to shoot the breeze, you will not like it. What personalities will thrive in the culture? Is it your personality?
4. Understand how many hours your boss works and if s/he takes work home, and how frequently. Many people prefer a round-the-clock mentality because it festers accomplishment and career progression.
5. Look around the workspace when you visit. See those people in cubes, offices, meeting rooms, etc. That will be you if you get the job. How does that feel?
6. Surprise your interviewers with some well thought-out questions. Catch them off guard. Your gut should tell you if the interviewer is affording you a healthy measure of candor. If you get answers with spin, trying to paint a rosy picture for everything, that’s not candor. Most people prefer high levels of candor.
7. It’s all about fit. Don’t portray yourself as something you’re not. You’re only fooling yourself into a bad fit.


Posted September 17, 2006 3:30 PM
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