For example, when I was asked my first question - why did I want to move to this position, I started from saying - probably the same reason the interviewer wanted to change the last position. Everybody wants a good life, for someone it’s money, for someone its fame, power, family, and for someone it is self-propulsion. Realization of potential. And for someone it’s all of the above. What was it for you? - I asked, but had no answer. Then I added, don’t you think it’s reasonable for a person who is thinking about a position should know something about those people as well. Thinking, I want this job so much I don’t care who those people are I don’t think it’s the right way. And then I offered my point on the number one quality of a manager (based no my school of administrative practices, as described in this post below). In my answer I mentioned that due to language barrier for a long time I was not able to present my experience, it was bottled inside me.
I couldn’t do anything about it. But slowly with my English getting better. My understanding of circumstances getting better, I know it is time for me to make the next step. I simply have overgrown my current position. And I have much more potential. And I have all the required experience. If you read my cover letter it is lengthy.
The second question was what would I think would be the best qualifications, qualities, attributes of a digital information unit in a university? How would I define that, and how would I measure success?
The third question was about my background - how could it help me to sussed in my new role?
Here I described my experience, what technologies I personally used. I also asked a question (rhetorical) - do you think that in order to be a basketball coach only a person who plaid games could do that job? I have experience sufficient in order to understand how any technology works. I don’t have to be able to write the exact code. I could relearn it, I've been writing a code in FORTRAN, Pascal, Basic, I know the logic. As I tell my students, every physicist can become a coder, but not every coder can become a physicist. Physics is algorithmic thinking plus something else. And coding is algorithmic thinking plus coding language. I don’t see any difficulties with this part. Then I talked about the meaning of DLI.
I am still proud of my interview. This was the third interview in my fifteen years in the U.S., the second in the last decade. I put a lot of thoughts into the preparation for it, I have developed a long list of specific recommendations (scroll down for them; of course, some of them you already know from reading my "interview memoirs").
I have more publications on the matter of recruitment and professional communications, such as: