Donald Lang, director of Information Technology at Boeing Military Aircraft, admits his company hasn’t handled staffing well during economic downturns. In the past, the firm wanted to keep the older people with the most experience during slowdowns, and laid off those who had the least experience.
As a result, a tremendous proportion of Boeing’s 10,000 IT workers that are within five to10 years of retirement. So, the company’s consciously replenishing the company’s IT blood supply with entry level people – downturn or not.
Lang wants people who’ve got good communications, presence, and technical skills. Plus, he wants people who are eager to try new assignments. With his many years at the company, Lang has already had ten different jobs at Boeing.
Be sure to check out the example he gives of a critical interview question, and the type of answer he’s looking for. It’s at about 3:00.
— David Spark