What do you see as your role in my development?
Why do we mentor?
People mentor for a variety of reasons, but the most fundamental answer is "to learn and grow." Most mentors will tell you that it is fulfilling and rewarding to help someone grow and learn. Mentoring is accomplishing transformative or developmental learning through help and guidance.
How does effective mentoring happen?
To be an effective mentor, there needs to be a balance of understanding the needs of the mentee and being realistic about the needs, capacity, and limits of the mentor. mentor cannot assume that just because they have knowledge of the subject that the mentee does not know anything about it either.
How do I have meaningful conversations with a mentor?
The most important thing before going into a mentoring interview is being insightful about the needs of a mentor and limits of your mentor. Understanding a mentor is a nuanced process. Also, it is important to be clear with them about your needs.
I need to ask you some questions.
-What would you see your role as in my development?
-How often might we them?
-How often might we post?
-Would do video call?
-Would you be available if I need to meet with you in person?
-What other way will you be helping me outside of this?
To conclude, it is important to be clear about what you would like to achieve so you can tailor the best way to achieve it.
What do you think are my strengths?
This is a question about your strengths in working with others. This question is reasonable to put off until the end of the interview process when you are moving towards securing the position with the company. You can likely list several strengths when it comes to mentoring, but when there are only a few lefts, it may be time to list them in this interview.
Mentoring is currently my full-time work with the most recent emphasis being on being a mentor to my mentee. One of my most recent strengths I have learned with the mentoring program is what I believe is one of my greatest. I’ve found that it is important for me to be able to understand the perspective of the “mentee” in different circumstances, so I’ve made my goal to try to put myself in my mentee’s shoes to be able to understand them better. I believe this is a strength of mine because it makes working with them much, much smoother and easier and it better resets and supports the mentees participating in the program.
Another one of my strengths I’ve been able to utilise is my interpersonal abilities. I’ve been a public speaker for a few years, and I’ve found one of my strengths in the areas going into a professional business meeting. I can give a person a great handshake and don’t worry about how I look, I try to put myself in the other person’s shoes and put their needs ahead of my own, as I do as a mentor.
Both are strengths because I find myself being adequate in being outgoing, social, helping other people figure out what they are capable of, expressing to other people, without being too overbearing, the beauty of self-awareness and self-care. Being a mentor and mentee is about giving and receiving and locating what you need and want in the process. This makes it easier and more effective for both of us.
Introducing a sample of a mentoring interview
In conclusion. The mentoring process is a process that provides the world change in the of current and hopefully future generations of participants. It is a cultural that exposes participants to needs of needs for change, participants that have been previously ignored. It exposes vulnerabilities in a person’s life for a betterment of a person in the future.
Interviews are often difficult to prepare for because they are unpredictable. One may want to consider what they would like for themselves out if the interview. Preparing for an interview can help them to gain the skills necessary for success. Homework may be done by participants before the interview to get ready.
How do you give and receive feedback?
Mentor-protégé relationships are a pillar of a world-class mentorship. When mentoring interview techniques, first know what your mentoring style is. Determining your mentoring style has a lot to do with the individual mentor, but also involves a series of conversations with the mentee. If you were a preference, there are three classic categories that most people will fall into: authority, fondness, and respect. In an authority style of mentoring, the mentor is there to represent higher-level management and help the mentee know the boundaries of the workplace. Authority-style mentors will better follow procedural rule and have a more rigid style of mentoring. In a tensional style, coaches and mentors work to elicit a desired personality trait from their mentee, and they have a more casual relationship. A tensional-style mentor knows how to improve a personal characteristic the mentee may not enjoy. Finally, a respectful style of mentoring is the most likely to develop as the relationship with your mentee progresses. If you're not an authority figure and you want to remain as such, you need to be wary of the chains of command that exist within companies, as crossing those is not tolerated. Subsequently, as is the case with the other brands of mentoring, respect gives you more freedom and latitude as a mentor. For managers and those with no managerial skills, it is important to note the benefits of mentoring and how it may save time and guide you, as a mentor, on how to be a better leader.
Mentoring Interview Preparation:
Communication with Candidates
As your organisation’s number of mentees grows, it is crucial to stay on top of their projects and progress. Candidates need feedback and encouragement just as much as they need feedback and experience. More than anyone else, candidates will be most invested and motivated when they feel like they’re making good progress and working with you. One strategy is to let candidates know what they’ve accomplished with individualized projects. Short and longer-term projects will differ, but this can simplify the process to make feedback easy.
Interviews are notoriously difficult to plan without preparing. And if you are applying for a position, odds are you’ll be interviewed by numerous finalists. We understand what you are thinking ahead of the appointment, but not if you are the person interviewing. We are here to help you plan for that “defining moment.” You’ll no doubt possess impressive qualities, but what are you doing to prepare?
Hopefully this blog has answered your questions about mentor interview techniques and mentee relationships.