Most companies will struggle without efficient and effective operations strategies in place.
Of course, it’s not just enough to have a philosophy and a basic operations policy in place and stick to it rigidly.
The business landscape is constantly changing, constantly evolving. This means that any effective operations strategy needs to also have an element of versatility as well as flexibility, which includes being open to input.
James Case is currently serving as a business operations consultant at ChyronHego in Melville NY. They are a software company that largely focuses on sports and broadcasting technology.
“If you were at a sports venue, you might see our software at work on the JumboTron, showing the player’s faces and their stats in the game. It usually updates that stats as the game goes on. We also handle a lot of the specialty lights and digital signage around the stadium,” explained Kase.
How Often Do You Find Yourself Making Changes Or Updates To Your Business Operations System?
Kase notes that the majority of the people he works with, his so-called clients are the in-house staff within the company. “If people have questions, or they need something changed to better do their job I can usually take care of it right then and there,” explained Kase.
“My thinking is, that if you can make something easier for someone else to do their job, why wouldn’t you?” Kase added. “We also have some things that we schedule for our outside clients!”
Are You A Part Of A Large Team, Or Is It Just You?
“I’ve been with the company now for a little over a year. Right now, it’s a small team that basically consists of myself and my boss. But we are still looking to expand in the future.”
On Fielding Some Of The More Common Interview Questions
Kase also has extensive experience being interviewed as well as interviewing potential new hire candidates.
What Is The Worst Interview You Have Ever Done Or Been A Part Of?
“Most of my interviews go off very well. That’s mostly because I do my homework and research well in advance,” answered Kase.
Of course, interview questions come in all colors and kinds. Some can be very abstract, like wondering what kind of animal you would or other psychographic questions. At the same time, there are other common interview questions that can trip you up or otherwise prove challenging to answer.
What’s The Toughest Interview Question You Have Ever Had?
“In my own personal experience, it would be Name A Weakness Or Two Of Yours?” said Kase.
This can be one of the trickier questions you will stumble across in just about any job interview. Obviously, you don’t want to pitch yourself to the hiring manager or human resources staff as being perfect. Yet you also don’t want to name weaknesses that could cost you the chance at winning the job!
Some people will also treat this as a throw-away question and give a response like “I tend to work too hard!” Or “I don’t delegate enough!”
“For a question like that I wish I could just smile for a minute or two and hope they move on to the next question,” Kase joked. “Of course, that doesn’t work!”
“Usually when I get this question, I try to talk about something that shows me in a good light. Something that I’m looking to improve about myself, which is really what everyone needs to be working at anyway!’
How Do You Answer The Question: What Are Your Greatest Strengths?
This is a question that can give you the chance to shine, but you also don’t want to oversell yourself or give the interviewer the impression that you are strong in a certain area when you might actually struggle.
“For something like this like to say that I’m very analytical. I like to focus on the process and then look for ways to improve it.” Explained Kase.
“If there is a process already in place, then chances are there are things you can do to make it more efficient or more effective!”
While business operational philosophies and systems are constantly evolving, and interview processes evolve with them, James Kase, continues to touch on the foundational principles. Not only is there always room for improvement, in even the best-designed systems, but there is also a need for it when it comes to evolving your career, as well as your business practices.