I've borrowed a line
from Michael Douglas's character in Wall Street and replaced "lunch"
with Interviews. If you're interviewing, as a candidate or an
employer, you're cheating yourself and wasting time.
for both parties behind the interview is a chance to create familiarity.
Employers want to hire people they know can do the job (that's why they
hire people they've worked with before) and candidates want to know
just what is the job at hand. Pardon my southern colloqualism,
but it's time for you both to come to Jesus and quit interviewing and
start letting people demonstrate how they work.
defining what you want someone to have done, why not outline what you
want them to do. Paint a picture of the priorities, tools and
resources at hand and give the people you meet with a chance to demonstrate
exactly how they'll do the job. Certainly, you can begin your
screening process by reviewing their background, but do so with the
half-full perspective of what it is you want them to do.
candidate's will do their homework and embelish what you've already
provided arriving at the meeting prepared to get to work. You'll
see their true colors and learn not only what skills they have but also
how they use them. Exactly how they communicate concepts and tasks,
what level of proficiency to they have with the numbers and just how
good is their vision.
From the candidate's
perspective...well, the hill just got a little steeper. You won't
be able to hide behind any vague cliche's or buzz words. You're
on stage, performing as if you were on the job. The good news
is you'll know before the "interview" if it's a job you can
do, as well as a job you want. Both parties will find themselves
interviewing less and enjoying it more.
raises the bar for both parties, it sets a new standard of expectation
and a different field to play on. If you're new to the game, be
flexible and open minded. Enjoy operating from a different perspective
knowing you won't be sitting on either side of the interview fence listening
to the same old patter again and again.
course this is only my opinion, but itís one I value highly.