Authentify: Aligning Company Needs With Employee Goals

“What are your interests?” “Where do you see yourself in five years?”

Sure, those generic questions are rather commonplace in an interview setting and often draw calculated — and sometimes memorized — responses.

But don’t expect a job interview at Authentify, a provider of out-of-band authentication solutions, to consist of run-of-the-mill dialogue with the sole purpose of furthering the company’s interests.

Candidates who are selected to appear for in-person interviews at the company must be prepared not only to discuss their professional competencies, but also to be candid about their personal and professional interests. Andy Rolfe, executive vice president of development and operations at Authentify, uses this technique to determine whether a candidate is a good fit for the organization.

“In general, I’m a strong believer in trying to find people who are excited about the roles that they [want to be] in,” Rolfe said. “And I think the company’s interests and their interests, goals and aspirations — both personal and technical — is a very important mix.

“When I was a manager in a big business, [we] hired to a role [or] a position, but I try not to do that as much here,” he continued. “I try to hire to the candidate’s strengths. So I will dig pretty deeply and ask them pretty straightforward questions about what their goals are, where they want to be in five years and what their interests are.”

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